Joe strummer – wikiquote gas in babies at night

• I’d like to say that people people can change anything they want to; and that means everything in the world. Show me any country and there’ll be people in it. And it’s the people that make the country. People have got to stop pretending they’re not on the world. People are running about following their little tracks. I am one of them. But we’ve all gotta stop just stop following our own little mouse trail. People can do anything; this is something that I’m beginning to learn. People are out there doing bad things to each other; it’s because they’ve been dehumanized. It’s time to take that humanity back into the centre of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed… it ain’t going anywhere! They should have that on a big billboard across Times Square. Think on that. Without people you’re nothing.

• What’s holding me up is I’m confused about the nature of the music. Because the modern music doesn’t reach me. I mean to say the sound of the modern electric production. A lot of sequencers… synths. That’s what people are buying. Because that doesn’t reach me, it throws me back to like 1948, but I don’t want to be there. Back there, I’m talking about blues records…. The roots of rock ‘n’ roll is rhythm and blues and that’s like really where I’m at, where I was always at.

• I was trying to prove that I was the Clash and it wasn’t Mick (Jones). I learned that that was kind of dumb. I learned that it wasn’t anybody, except maybe a great chemistry between us four, and I really learned it was over the day we sacked Topper, and not the day we sacked Mick. There was quite some time between them. We played a whole tour between those times. But it was the day we sacked Tops.

• I kept trying to stress that — "Hang on, we’re be-bop guys, we’re down in the alley on 57th Street. We’re not in there with John Reed and "Ten Days That Shook the World." We’d be in the alley with (Charlie) Parker shooting up junk. That’s where we were at really.

• I’m a human being. I’m not dumping on what I’ve done. I mean I know we were doing social (stuff), all right? I just don’t like boastin’ about it, OK? I know what we were doin’. I know damn well what we did. But I ain’t gonna start crying about it now, all right?

• I’ll tell you something. When you see you become part of the cycle of generations, you lose your ego in the process, because you ain’t nothin’ special. You’re just another cipher in the generations. When you devote all your interest into another person, you lose your self-obsession, and that’s when you understand what it is. You don’t know (anything) without that moment. You don’t want anything to harm this helpless being. That’s a fantastic change. And that’s when you understand what’s happening. I never understood anything until my first baby looked at me. I didn’t understand (anything). Now I understand.

• Everything’s fucked! It’s down to individual people to make life enjoyable. I don’t have anything more to say than that. I think people should avoid the world fucking them up. People are becoming too uptight, treating their children bad, being negative.

• I have a big legacy of The Clash to live up to and I don’t intend to uriny on a legend. I intend to build forward into the next century. The music has to be by the musicians, and there’s too much changing things by the record company. I got a message for everyone in a record company: We don’t care if you lose your job! You ruin music and I’ll get all the smoothers out off the way, the people who smooth the sound off. Let the musicians have the music the way they want it, and not the way you think the grandmothers and 3-year olds will gonna buy it. Cause this is not about 3-year olds or grandmothers… This is Rock and Roll!

• I try and keep an ear out and keep an open mind and enjoy something where I don’t know what the hell is going on inside of it. That’s what I really get out of it. Because to me it’s new. That’s what I get out of it. That joyful feeling of you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

• I think you have to grow up and realise that we’re facing religious fanatics who would kill everyone in the world who doesn’t do what they say. The more time you give them the more bombs they’ll get. Bin Laden is going to try and kill more people. It helps the fanatics.