If you look over the years, the styles have changed - the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it's really the same.

— John Oates

The most tempting John Oates quotes that will transform you to a better person

A good mustache makes a man for many reasons.

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My mustache has become this weird iconic representation of a certain era.

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You don't want to pitch a tent and live inside the Louvre.

You want to check it out, appreciate it, and move somewhere else.

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Swimming upstream in the music business is a hard thing to do.

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I couldn't wait to grow a mustache. I stopped shaving my upper lip the day I graduated from high school.

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I have a great family, I live an amazing life.

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We've been together since we've been teenagers.

I can go away and disappear for two years, and when we get back together, it's like nothing ever has changed.

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If something that needs to be done that we don't feel confronting, we do it through the manager.

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The first record I bought myself could have been 'Oh Lonesome Me' by Don Gibson or 'Wake Up Little Susie' by the Everly Brothers.

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You have to know when to strike and when to retreat.

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I was just glad to meet somebody outside of my group of small town friends who was into music. Somebody else who had aspirations to do something more than sing at a record hop.

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Jam Cruise is actually a comfortable place for me.

My jamming skills and my improvisational skills have improved immensely as I've gone more solo, because I've had this opportunity.

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About John Oates

Quotes 37 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

The thing is, we've changed our style but we've never changed the actual roots of what we've done.

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My guitar playing is a synthesis of traditional American acoustic style and Urban Pop and RB.

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Sometimes, it's just great to bring new people into the mix.

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I do a lot of things behind the scenes. I do a lot of things that don't hit the headlines.

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There's all sorts of soul. There's Irish soul and Native American soul. If it touches you and moves you, it's soul.

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You may be embarrassed about the way you looked and the wacky clothes you wore when you were young, but normally, at least it's hidden in a box in the attic.

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We collaborate together. We work with other people. We work by ourselves.

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We should have an easier name to pronounce.

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Well, because we're so different as people.

And it's that difference that probably also makes it easy to stay together, because we don't get in each others way.

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There's a lot of craft in songwriting.

The divine inspiration is when the idea comes. It may be a riff. It may be a word. It may be a phrase. It may be a title. Sometimes, in the best of both worlds, that divine inspiration extends through the whole song. I've literally sat down and written a song from beginning to end, almost complete lyrics and everything without ever stopping...in two minutes. The chorus of 'She's Gone' was like that.

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I just like playing with the band and doing what I do.

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I think people were just starving for good material because they just weren't getting it on the radio.

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Well, before we met I had heard and seen him sing so I knew he was good.

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If I stopped touring tomorrow, it wouldn't change my life.

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If Daryl stopped touring it would be a big part of him missing.

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In our relationship, we don't have that situation.

I don't require what he needs, and he doesn't require what I need. I know what I do; I have an amazing life that nobody knows about.

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I couldn't begin to name names... in general I have found racers to be some of the most competitive people on the planet... and some of the nicest as well.

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I wish I could see over crowds and small groups of people.

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The bricks and mortar of the music business, they don't exist any longer.

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If it wasn't for music, I doubt whether we'd be friends.

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I'd like to do something with the Avett Brothers.

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It's the music that brings us together.

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To me, when a great band is playing together, it's amazing for me.

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I like playing on stage, don't get me wrong.

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