Mike Patton quotes

  • Revenge is good. I think revenge is healthy too, and if you can use music in that way, a sort of therapeutic way for yourself, it can't do any harm. So if King (For A Day...Fool For A Lifetime) is angry in any way, it's angry in a random, chaotic, healthy way. Like the guy who goes into a building, shoots a bunch of holes in the wall and then leaves. He didn't kill anybody.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Kings #Wall #Revenge

  • I think that too many people think too much about my lyrics. I am more a person who works with the sound of a word than with its meaning. Often I just choose the words because of the rhythm not because of the meaning.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Thinking #People #Too Much

  • I got one entire song from fortune cookies (Land of Sunshine). On another one, I took words from different Frank Sinatra songs and pasted them together. Another one, I was just driving around and there was a piece of paper on the ground, so I stole it.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Song #Sunshine #Land

  • Quantitative methods are no more synonymous with objectivity than qualitative methods are synonymous with subjectivity.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Objectivity #Subjectivity #Method

  • We just wanna be the happy bums that we are. That's all.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Contentment

  • The song is based on a lot of observation and a lot of speculation. But in sort of a pointed way its kind of about Madonna...I think it was a particular time where I was being bombarded with her image on TV and in magazines and her whole schtick kind of speaks to me in that way...like she's going through some sort of problem. It seems she's getting a bit desperate.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Song #Thinking #Magazines

  • If a person wants to be atheistic it's his God-given right to be an atheist.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Atheist #Humorous #Profound

  • Trey Spruance didn't want to tour for ages. And Dean Menta has always been our guitar-roadie during Angel Dust, and I remember him playing fantastically during soundchecks. During each gig, he was watching from the side of the stage, seeing Big Jim play stuff that he could play better.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Angel #Dust #Play

  • Stan Slaughter is the thoroughbred of the environmental educators I've hired. Second place is not even close.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Environmental #Educator #Thoroughbreds

  • Puffy's the only guy who's jealous. All drummers want to be singers. I think it's a myth that the singer needs to be the focus. Bands perpetuate that myth. With somebody like Sebastian Bach it makes sense. Look at him. He could be in an Avon ad.
    -- Mike Patton

    #Jealous #Thinking #Guy