” We thought that’s the way you were supposed to be if you were in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Flamboyant. “


” You know, when you’re making a record, you come up with 15, 20 songs. Then they start to fall by the wayside as your interest wanes. It’s kind of like a process of elimination to determine which songs wind up on the record. “


” Sometimes I’ve found that by getting into a certain drag, or a certain feeling, you can cast off your mortal coil and really do something. I don’t know if it’s important, but it’s something. It’s entertainment. “


” When you’re a kid, you have this feeling like you’re indestructible. Your mortality doesn’t even occur to you. But as time goes by, you realize, ‘I better cut this out or that out if I want to continue to exist. “


” I mean, if you asked me what I’m going to be doing when I’m 85, I’d make a quick picture in my mind and, well, I’ll be singing. “


” I’m compelled to paint nearly every day. I just felt like making a painting, went out and bought paints and a canvas. Now it fulfills me creatively when I’m not doing music: it’s something you can do by yourself and it’s totally yours. It’s a great adjunct to my life. “


” You know when you read that someone has to leave a show or a tour because they had ‘nervous exhaustion’? Well, I had one of those and discovered that I was quite close to death. I always assumed that my lifestyle was going to take me at an early age, but when it was actually occurring I was, ‘Not yet!’ I pulled back. “


” You try things on in life. You wear them for a while, and you see what’s next. “



All 8 David Johansen Quotes about You in picture


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You know, when you
Sometimes I
When you
I mean, if you asked me what I
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You know when you read that someone has to leave a show or a tour because they had
You try things on in life. You wear them for a while, and you see what

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