Inspirational Quotes from John Oates

A good mustache makes a man for many reasons.

John Oates

If you look over the years, the styles have changed – the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it’s really the same.

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My mustache has become this weird iconic representation of a certain era.

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I couldn’t wait to grow a mustache. I stopped shaving my upper lip the day I graduated from high school.

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The mustache represented the old John; I didn’t want to be that guy anymore, so I shaved it off. It was ritualistic in a way.

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Personally, I’ve never really wanted to be a rock star. That wasn’t my motivation in life. It kind of happened.

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Sometimes, it’s just great to bring new people into the mix.

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I have such a wide variety of tastes in things that I like musically.

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I have a great family, I live an amazing life.

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If it wasn’t for music, I doubt whether we’d be friends.

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Having a mustache and never smiling became a permanent component of my persona through the quaintly self-important decade of the seventies.

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You don’t want to pitch a tent and live inside the Louvre. You want to check it out, appreciate it, and move somewhere else.

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Maneater’ is about N.Y.C. in the ’80s. It’s about greed, avarice, and spoiled riches.

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If anyone looks back to the ’70s, ’80s with nostalgic rosy colored glasses and goes, ‘Well, everything was awesome.’ No, everything was not awesome!

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Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ spread the gospel of American pop music and teenage style that transcended the regional boundaries of our country and united a youth culture that eventually spread its message throughout the entire world.

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There’s always a personal satisfaction in writing a song by yourself. You get the inspiration, and see it through, and you’re done. It’s focused and very personal.

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You have to know when to strike and when to retreat.

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When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decided to open up the voting beyond their inner circle, to the actual fans, that’s when I think everything changed.

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I was born at the beginning of rock and roll. I got to experience the entire evolution of popular rock and roll music even before it started.

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If something that needs to be done that we don’t feel confronting, we do it through the manager.

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We’ve been together since we’ve been teenagers. I can go away and disappear for two years, and when we get back together, it’s like nothing ever has changed.

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It’s the music that brings us together.

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Well, because we’re so different as people. And it’s that difference that probably also makes it easy to stay together, because we don’t get in each others way.

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If I stopped touring tomorrow, it wouldn’t change my life.

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If Daryl stopped touring it would be a big part of him missing.

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I just like playing with the band and doing what I do.

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I do a lot of things behind the scenes. I do a lot of things that don’t hit the headlines.

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In our relationship, we don’t have that situation. I don’t require what he needs, and he doesn’t require what I need. I know what I do; I have an amazing life that nobody knows about.

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I like playing on stage, don’t get me wrong.

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To me, when a great band is playing together, it’s amazing for me.

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We collaborate together. We work with other people. We work by ourselves.

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Swimming upstream in the music business is a hard thing to do.

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I think people were just starving for good material because they just weren’t getting it on the radio.

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The thing is, we’ve changed our style but we’ve never changed the actual roots of what we’ve done.

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I wish I could see over crowds and small groups of people.

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Well, before we met I had heard and seen him sing so I knew he was good.

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I was just glad to meet somebody outside of my group of small town friends who was into music. Somebody else who had aspirations to do something more than sing at a record hop.

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We should have an easier name to pronounce.

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I couldn’t begin to name names… in general I have found racers to be some of the most competitive people on the planet… and some of the nicest as well.

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With his passing, Dick Clark deserves to take his place at the top in the pantheon of popular culture icons.

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You don’t wanna be around your family constantly.

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I’m bad at math.

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I think it’s kind of difficult to write a good Christmas song because you have a narrow framework of references that you have to work within, and at the same time you want to do something that’s personally original and hopefully somewhat unique.

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The Christmas genre is a field that’s been well-ploughed.

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You may be embarrassed about the way you looked and the wacky clothes you wore when you were young, but normally, at least it’s hidden in a box in the attic.

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In the days when regional music was very clearly defined and had a clear personality – Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, whatever – Philadelphia had a tradition that was very distinct and unique.

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I get to play with all these different players who don’t necessarily approach music always the same way that I might. So I learn a lot.

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I sense people respond more to the honest approach to making music instead of the manufactured approach.

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There’s all sorts of soul. There’s Irish soul and Native American soul. If it touches you and moves you, it’s soul.

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When my song came on the radio for the first time, that was one of the heaviest things I remember.

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There isn’t one album that says ‘Hall & Oates.’ It’s always ‘Daryl Hall and John Oates.’ From the very beginning. People never note that. The idea of ‘Hall & Oates,’ this two-headed monster, this thing, is not anything we’ve ever wanted or liked.

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When you really can’t affect something, you almost don’t wanna wish too hard, because it’s just frustrating.

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