Losing My Religion R.E.M. Download 'Losing My Religion' on iTunes
Some of the best rock stars are the outspoken ones who keep us entertained with their grandiose claims. But sometimes, musicians go a little too far...
"I'm the best songwriter of my generation. Ask me in 20 years about The Libertines," said Johnny Borrell in 2004. Well, they're still here a decade later... what about Razorlight?
"I’m a bisexual man who’s never had a homosexual experience."
"We're more popular than Jesus now," said John in one of the most famous boasts in rock history. Famous because it led to record burnings and a telling-off from the Pope. The band scraped through one last US tour then put a stop to playing live.
"We're not arrogant, we just believe we're the best band in the world." Indeed.
"No one is probably going to believe it but he was the most influential Beatle," said Yoko recently. No Yoko, he really wasn't.
"I'm the greatest rock and roll drummer on the planet and you suck."
"It’s about everything, from birth to death to eternity and God – whatever that is – and the eternal battle between fate and the human will. It contains the answer to the meaning of life."
"I just don’t think we’ve ever wrote shit tunes. Even when we were amateurish, we knew we were writing better songs than other bands."
“Dance music was on its arse before we came along." It's still there.
"The only thing that could possibly save British politics would be Margaret Thatcher’s assassin" said Moz in 1984. Maggie's long gone now...is politics any better?
"This album is one of the best albums in the past 20 years." Having seen off The Bravery, Brandon Flowers' confidence was clearly riding high.
"Part of me wants to just blow up the world! It's all crap!" Matt Bellamy once said, before going on a lengthy tour of the world that he wants to explode.
"I'm no one's lap dog, you can't put me on a leash," said the man formerly known as Johnny Rotten. A few years later, he was making butter ads and appearing on reality TV shows.
"I want to be one of those people, be they writers, poets, musicians, who leaves clues for the next generation. The really good people leave clues that help feed the human race."
"I have a zoo."