"I love classical music and that had a big influence on me. When you play a classical record I like the tension in that kind of music. That’s what I wanted to do with my riffs. I wanted to create some tension and drama. I wanted to create that same thing that you get like watching a horror film or listening to a real heavy classical album. I wanted to do that with rock." - Tony Iommi, born this day in 1948.
"When I left Genesis, I just wanted to be out of the music business. I felt like I was just in the machinery. We knew what we were going to be doing in 18 months or two years ahead. I just did not enjoy that." - Peter Gabriel
"I talked to the record company about what I had in mind. They said they wanted something lush. I figured the best thing to do was let them hear what I had in mind." - Etta James, born this day in 1938.
""I know it sounds like a complete cliche, but I've always been a big Velvet Underground fan, and the effect I want to have on people is the effect it has on me looking at pictures of Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison in 1966. The photographs of them in Andy Warhol's Factory contain just about everything that made their music so awesome." - Jim Reid