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17 May 2020, 13:00 | Updated: 17 May 2020, 13:01
The best rock stars are the ones who keep us entertained with their grandiose claims. But sometimes, musicians go a little too far...
Borrell gave this grand statement to the NME in 2004. He added: "Ask me in 20 years about The Libertines." Well, they're still here 16 years later... how are Razorlight doing?
The Suede frontman gave this interesting declaration in a 1992 music press interview. It prompted Brian Molko to write the Placebo classic Nancy Boy.
"I don’t know which will go first - rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” said John in one of the most famous boasts in rock history.
Famous because it led to record burnings in the Southern states of America and a telling-off from the Pope. The band scraped through one last US tour in 1966 then put a stop to playing live.
In his Sex Pistols heyday, the punk icon was asked if he made his music with the man in the street in mind. That was his reply.
David Bowie caused controversy in September 1976 when he told Playboy magazine that the Nazi leader and architect of the Holocaust was "quite as good as [Mick] Jagger." He went on: "Look at some of his films and see how he moved. It’s astounding. And, boy, when he hit that stage, he worked an audience." This was during Bowie's coked up "Thin White Duke" period and this interview, plus a photo in which he appeared to be giving a Nazi salute when arriving at Victoria station in London, meant that it took years for the superstar to shake off accusations that he was a facist sympathiser.
This is what Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno claimed in 2006.
Brandon Flowers of The Killers described their second album Sam's Town like this to MTV in 2006.
Having seen off The Bravery for apparently being Killers copyists, Brandon's confidence was clearly riding high.
So said Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas in 2001 at the outset of his career. "The really good people leave clues that help feed the human race." Have you had enough yet?
Tre Cool on being Green Day's drummer
Axl Rose on the benefits of being a rock star as told to Jimmy Fallon in 2012.