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Brian Setzer Quotes and Sayings

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Elvis is not so difficult as Johnny Cash because his voice is so distinctive.
If you try to copy Johnny Cash, it's just going to sound dumb.
- Brian Setzer

Veteran performers are dying off, and new acts simply
aren't emerging on the national scene.
- Brian Setzer

For every rockabilly festival staged here,
there are 10 held overseas.
- Brian Setzer

With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else.
First, we wrote our own songs.
That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.
- Brian Setzer

 

We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the
standard rockabilly look.
We also took a lot of different musical influences
that were part of that era.
- Brian Setzer

A lot of people put all that stuff on a pedestal,
and they won't touch it.
But I don't think that's the reason they did that.
I think they played that stuff out of pure joy.
- Brian Setzer

The songwriting has never really stepped forward from the '50's.
- Brian Setzer

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People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and
some of those Sun Records blues guys.
- Brian Setzer

The biggest challenge for me was Get Rhythm.
I don't know why.
- Brian Setzer

To keep creating something with this type of music,
you have to take it out of the box.
- Brian Setzer

I didn't want to take the guitar solos down note-for-note,
but more or less use them as a map, and keep all the
hooks from the guitar playing,
and let myself come through.
- Brian Setzer

Normally, you go into the recording studio,
make a record and then take it on the road and you think...
wow...
I could have done THIS to it, or something.
- Brian Setzer

It's not about how loud you turn the amp up.
That's not what makes it sound big.
What makes it sound big is fooling around with different
delays and reverb settings.
- Brian Setzer

Don't be afraid to take liberties with this music.
Try and put some of yourself into it.
- Brian Setzer

I put a metronome up to all the songs,
and I tried to really keep it true to the original tempos.
- Brian Setzer

I'm not God's gift to rockabilly.
There's great players out there, and some of them deserve
a lot more than they've gotten.
- Brian Setzer

I can't tell you how many people have asked me to show
them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run
on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards.
I don't know what possessed me to do that,
but I did.
- Brian Setzer

Since the big band started I'm just always swamped with movies and things.
It certainly pays the bills and it's very satisfying,
because I get to write all these big charts and all this crazy music.
- Brian Setzer

I wanted to go back to Sun.
Unfortunately, most of the gear is gone from Sun.
The way I take it now, it's almost like a tourist destination.
So, it would have been pretty difficult to have brought
all the gear into Sun to make it like it was in the '50's.
- Brian Setzer

The jazz chord substitutions in a country song...
that was another thing that bent people's ears.
I guess that my favorites are the unique ones.
It's not how fast you play.
It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of.
- Brian Setzer

I basically sat down for a month, with all the Sun
stuff I could find and just picked out my favorites.
I didn't think that they were indicative of '54 to '57,
although I tried to stay within that period.
- Brian Setzer

It is hard to play Blue Suede Shoes.
I know everyone has heard it 10 million times,
and that makes it even harder to play it,
but there's a very laid back tempo on that.
I was surprised at how slow it really was.
- Brian Setzer

Mark Winchester has left the band.
He's decided that he's tired of the road and just wants
to concentrate on his career in Nashville.
I don't blame him at all.
He'll certainly be missed.
- Brian Setzer

What can you say about a society that says that God
is dead and Elvis is alive?
- Irv Kupcinet

And when Elvis was unhappy, believe me,
everyone was unhappy.
- Priscilla Presley

My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances
of finding Elvis on Mars,
or my being reincarnated as an olive.
- Boris Johnson

I always thought that Elvis could have been a great actor,
and that he was put in a lot of unimportant movies
when he could have done a lot of great ones.
- Patti Page

I was out on the golf course, a guy came riding out in a golf cart and said,
Did you know that Elvis died? And I just said,
Well, there you go.
It was like I had kinda been expecting it.
- Mac Davis

Elvis Costello had a brand new bag.
He was a musician, but he knew all about the attitude part of it.
- Nick Lowe

Is Billy Idol just doing a bad Elvis pout,
or was he born that way?
- Freddie Mercury

Elvis' disappearing body is like a flashing event horizon
at the edge of the black hole that is America today.
- Arthur Kroker

They were taking pictures and everything.
When we got down off the plane, the minute Elvis made
his appearance at the door of the plane,
the screaming got even worse.
- Minnie Pearl

If it was just me and Elvis one on one,
which only happened once or twice in the times that I did see him,
it was a really comfortable.
He was a cool guy.
Easy laugh, nice guy.
- Mac Davis

I think Elvis loved his fans - I think that's why they
loved him and still love him.
Fans are very conscious and sensitive to the fact that performers love them.
- Minnie Pearl

Everything they say about Elvis today is true.
He was just one great guy.
He wasn't jealous of anyone.
I would say Elvis was really someone special when you add it all up.
- Bobby Vinton

I had Elvis' number in my book and I never called it.
- Mac Davis

Elvis and I continued to be friends,
and I saw him once or twice a year.
But he was a troubled person.
- Ursula Andress

Do you realize that I have had five albums in the Top 30.
Elvis and The Beatles have never done that.
I had five singles in the Top 5, I mean,
no one's ever done that.
- Chubby Checker

I was nuts about Elvis, like every girl in America.
- Brenda Lee

Elvis walked over and signed a few autographs over the fence.
They were screaming.
I had never seen this.
- Minnie Pearl

Elvis said, Miss Minnie, do you think it would be out
of order if I go up and speak to General Stewart? I've
always been such a fan of his.
So Elvis went up to speak to the Stewarts.
- Minnie Pearl

Colonel Parker asked Henry and me to come to Elvis'
suite and have breakfast.
There were at least five policemen stationed up there.
He was talking on the telephone.
- Minnie Pearl

I don't know anything about music.
In my line you don't have to.
- Elvis Presley

Elvis was just like a big old kid.
It was like he never got past 19, I don't think,
in a lotta ways.
- Mac Davis

My mom listened to the Beatles and Elvis,
a lot of different types of music.
- Travis Barker

Before, I was terrified on stage.
I only play guitar during the acoustic songs.
After a while, you can elicit certain responses from the crowd,
like Elvis.
- Andy Gibb

You can take Elvis.
You can take Marilyn Monroe.
Success and fame will not be the answer if something
inside of you is bothering you,
if things in your mind aren't going right.
- Linda Evans

You have to remember that when I met Elvis,
you know, it wasn't the fanfare that it is today or
even when he was here in the states and I was in Germany growing up.
- Priscilla Presley

Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and a lot of American
artists were my greatest influences.
- Gordon Waller

They say Elvis is dead.
I say, no, you're looking at him.
Elvis isn't dead; he just changed color.
- Dennis Rodman

I still have an old painting the Colonel gave me.
It was the first time the Colonel had been back to
the Hilton since Elvis had passed away.
- Mac Davis

I was very keen on people like Elvis,
Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gene Vincent.
- Robin Trower

I've been with certain stars; some are caring and pay
attention to their fans and to their fellow performers and some are too busy.
Elvis never seemed too busy.
- Minnie Pearl

I can always remember that experience in Hawaii pleasantly on account of Elvis.
- Minnie Pearl

Elvis lived here until thirteen and nobody can really take that from us!
- Henry Dodge

I wanted to come through with my own voice and,
hopefully, have it affect people.
I want people to know that I'm not an Elvis impersonator.
- Lisa Marie Presley

I think to just single out a highlight of Elvis's career
is pretty much impossible.
As far as being a fan of his, a lifetime fan,
there were just too many highlights.
- Jackie DeShannon

I'm sure that Elvis was happy for me.
I think he was the kind of guy that enjoyed other people's success,
especially if he had something to do with it.
- Mac Davis

I knew about Elvis.
Of course, everybody knew about him then.
- Minnie Pearl

I'm just glad to be feeling better.
I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon.
- Bob Dylan

I guess I thought I was Elvis Presley but I'll tell ya something.
All Elvis did was stand on a stage and play a guitar.
He never fell off on that pavement at no 80 mph.
- Evel Knievel

And if there's any hope for America,
it lies in a revolution,
and if there's any hope for a revolution in America,
it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara.
- Phil Ochs

When I first met Elvis, we had so much in common and became fast friends.
- Wayne Newton

Elvis was a big influence to my music,
but Loretta Lynn was, as well.
- Tanya Tucker

Elected office holds more perks than Elvis' nightstand.
- Dennis Miller

I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as
of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis.
- Boris Johnson

There was a chance for me to write one song for the
section where Elvis sat in his black leather outfit and sang the old hits.
At eight oclock the next morning I had written Memories.
- Mac Davis

I was lucky enough to first meet Elvis at his house
in Bel Air and he used to invite different artists,
singers and musicians, to come and jam with him at his house.
- Jackie DeShannon

People are quite shocked when you remind them that
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song
that they recorded in their lives,
as far as I know.
- Robert Wyatt

It's pretty amazing to me that my first hit record
was an Elvis Presley record.
- Mac Davis

Elvis was the only man from Northeast Mississippi who
could shake his hips and still be loved by rednecks,
cops, and hippies.
- Jimmy Buffett


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