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"Two million cigarettes later and I finally sound like a black guy," he said. "Thank God. The cigarettes finally paid off. They're going to give me cancer and they're going to kill me, but for a short amount of time, they're going to make my voice sound like it should sound."
Girls, never trust a man under 40 because he's still a boy. I've met thousands of tough guys, thousands of nice guys; they're all the same.
Here's what I told my son Speck, who's always fighting everybody and fighting himself. I know you consider yourself a dangerous young man but I'm a dangerous old man. A dangerous old man can use anger to his advantage. He's cagier and smarter. He knows what he's doing. A young man just has outbursts.
I lift weights and I run, but my exercise is not about vanity. I work out because I smoke. If I'm going to afford myself the luxury of smoking, I'd better do something to offset it.
I was some hillbilly kid from Indiana. I went to New York to study painting and happened to get a record deal. When MTV happened, we all became movie stars. It went on for 10 to 12 years.
I was young but I knew what I was doing the night I wrote 'Jack and Diane'. Everyone knows that song. Everybody - city, country, gravel road, igloo - it's their song. That's magic. I play it every night.
I'm smoking right now. It's been great for my voice. My engineer said, "You sound like somebody." It turned out to be Louis Armstrong. We A-B'd his voice against mine. And I was like, "Fuck, what's wrong with that?"
Painting is harder on me than being onstage. I stand 8 to 10 hours a day. I used to consider it a hobby but now I don't. It's hard to be taken seriously because I'll always be considered a celebrity painter. Being a rock star has been a pain in the ass all around. *****NOTE - some of his paintings are featured on his albums' cover art *****
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