"I Don't Wanna Go on With You Like That"
Reg Strikes Back, 1988
Personally, I'm headed for the abyss. There didn't seem to be a way out. I'm not the sort of person that should ever have taken a drug, because I don't need it – I have enough speed in my body to deal with anything; I have enough enthusiasm. The only reason I liked taking cocaine was because it was an aphrodisiac for me, which for 99 percent of other people, it was not, but it just made me horny, so I liked taking it.
The ironic thing is, this was a hit single and a gold record. "I Don't Wanna Go on With You Like That" is an uptempo song, for one, and it just worked perfectly. When I'm in the studio, I'm paying full attention, but on that album, I was out of control. I never took my personal stuff onstage, though. You have to divorce yourself from it. All great artists do that. Billie Holiday did it. Diana Ross did it. Otis Redding did it. Johnny Cash did it. Or, if you do take your personal stuff onstage, you do it to help you. You do it to make yourself more emotional. Judy Garland did that. But don't do an Amy Winehouse. Don't come onstage and ruin yourself. Come onstage and go with it, however sad you're feeling. I've only got to see an audience, a piano and the band, and I'm off. Then I've got to come offstage and deal with it. But for two and a half hours, I'm transported to somewhere else.