No, that's maybe not the same word. Like when all the royalties were only marrying to each other in the Russian Empire, and they just got all these diseases and everything?
When all the royalties were only marrying to each other . . . I don't know. . . . Inbreeding?
Yeah, in a way. There's some other word in Icelandic. Anyway, culturally when that happens, you just have to stop there and start fresh.
What kind of music were you brought up with?
There was music 24 hours a day in my house. All of the hippie bollocks. You know, Joni Mitchell, although I would never say she was bollocks – she was the genius of the century. Jimi Hendrix, Cream, early Eric Clapton, all those guitary things. And, um, Lynyrd Skynyrd. There's my roots.
What makes music "alternative"?
You mean like journalists categorize it? I've never really gotten it. That's another problem, when people analyze my music as dance music. I'm like "What? Why?"
Maybe they say it's dance music because that's the kind of music male critics traditionally don't understand. On the other hand, maybe it's because it does have a dance-music beat.
Yeah. But I mean, give me one more guy wearing a black leather jacket, jeans and sneakers, and I'll shoot him.
But even if your record is not a club record, you could be dancing at home.
Yes, I suppose. But the whole alternative thing I think, has gotten a bit stuck. But there are bands out there that I like very much now. Like the Breeders girls, they are so great – their attitude is so fresh and so modern. And I really admire Courtney Love as well. And with Madonna, I'm not going to go into the things she's done for women. You'd fall asleep, there are so many.
Well, name a few.
Just the fact that she made it look good to control your own life when that was something that was not supposed to be very sexy for a woman. She's one of the few women who has remained true to herself and been a character.
How do you think music will change as it gets more mixed?
I think what hopefully will happen is people will rediscover pop music as one of the strongest forces in the world, up there with religion, sex, food, politics.
So you think music can change the world.
Definitely. It does every day. It's just the biggest nurse in the world. Because it sorts out people's heads, it makes them braver and happier and sadder or whatever. It's one of the most important emotional forces in the world, I think.
Do you consider yourself a political person?
In a personal sense, yes. I believe in individualism.
So what's in your future?
My future? I just want to keep on going. I get so easily bored, I have to find something new every fucking day. But then again, I don't even have to find it. Because there are so many things out there. Films, books and just . . . people. That's what I'm up to, really, when it comes down to it.
This story is from the November 17th, 1994 issue of Rolling Stone.
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