David Johansen Quotes


I got arrested once on stage in Memphis for looking too much like Liza Minnelli.

Music is my love and to me acting is more mercenary. I don't pound the pavements for roles: if it happens it happens. I hate that auditioning thing.

I've been around the block a couple of times and the guy I am now is the guy I like to be.

Until I was six years old we lived in the projects then my two brothers and three sisters and I moved to a three-bed that my mother's father built.

As I recall my life as a child was so all-consuming that I barely had time to consider the future.

I still do a lot of shows with Brian Koonin but we haven't had a full band lately.

Most bands are commercial enterprises. But I'm not in one of those bands.

Playing music is the best thing in the world. It makes show business almost bearable.

When I was a kid I had some Charles Lloyd records.

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music.

The first Latin music that blew my mind was bumba which was a Puerto Rican beat.

I've been tired since I was 15.

It's really a drag to do the same project over and over again.

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 doing exactly what I want to do and I'm having fun doing it.

Everything I've done I've just fallen into.

Rock & Rollers don't dress for the weather.

Young people are still looking and older people have found...

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

I don't really like to sit around the house listening to my own records. They're not that good.

Sometimes when I hear my voice on tape I'm like 'Who is that horrible man?

My father was a Norwegian tenor and my mother a New York Irish librarian.

I don't know why I'm alive but I know there's a reason for it.

I'm not impersonating anybody. I'm perfectly satisfied with what I am.

When I'm sleeping I do a lot of living.

The stuff that I dig it's usually got a soulful component to it. A singer that I really like. I might not understand the language that they're singing in but I'm really communing with this person.

You try things on in life. You wear them for a while and you see what's next.

In the late '70s I had a band - the David Johansen band for lack of a better name - and I started collecting not records but tapes from people I knew who had jump-blues records.