For me it always comes down to what is a good song and I'm very old fashioned in the way that I like to make songs that have something classic about them whether you can play them with an orchestra or an electro synthesizer or an acoustic guitar.— Marc Almond
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Soho has got to be at its centre. It's got such a history for rock, pop, poetry, jazz, writers, all those things, and I think it should be valued as such, and protected as this centre for bohemia.
People come from all over the world to see this little place they've seen in movies and read about in history books: Soho.
I think the older I get the more creative I get, I don't have the distractions that I had when I was younger.
The way the business things work in Russia is you have to meet people, you have to go through a certain amount of etiquette and business things are done just simply by a shake of the hand and whether they like you or not.
I think in the past I think I probably was a little too diverse, probably went from one spectrum to the complete opposite and confusing people.
I don't enjoy being a celebrity, I don't want any part of that or any part of that fame for fame... i'd actually rather die than be a celebrity slime!!!
My next record I really just want it to be a collection of great songs, classic songs in a way.
As long as ugly people are not on TV, you should only ever have interesting people on TV.
I think there's always been singers like that and i've done my fair share of cheese as well.
I was a magnet for people who want to take advantage of people like me, who think they're part of this life but they're not.
We just kind saw the images and knew the cliches, so to have the opportunity to go there and learn something about Russian music and about Russian people and to see things apart from being a tourist.
Knowing what I knew about Russia, as much as I loved the music and was fascinated by the songs and the whole idea of it, I knew it would be a very lengthy and frustrating process.
That's the way I work and one day I won't have the energy to do it, so I think it's always good to make the most of your life and living as much as possible.
I'm not one of these people who thinks everything in the past is great and everything modern is terrible. But I do think cities should be a mix of old things and new things.
Albums, with me, have never had an easy birth. Especially when all the songs are self-written songs.
If you were born by the sea, there's always a magnet that draws you back there.
People always go on about sleaze, but I think it's only a small part of what I write about.
It's a shame in a way that people come and go with one album.
I have a long history with Soho: even when I was at art college, I came down to Soho to work in the summer.
I liked the idea of writing a song saying I'm happy with who I am, and I don't mind if people think I'm some old git.
As soon as one project is finished I like to go straight on to something else.
I'd always wanted to write a song about a leather jacket and how wearing it makes you feel. I love leather jackets, and I've got a big collection of them.
Maybe I was a bit harsh on some people. But I was harshest on myself, really.
The weird thing was that Soft Cell was supposed to have come and gone before I started the album.
I've always loved the rock & roll element to live shows, because whatever else I do, I'm basically a rock/pop performer, and that's what I like.
I've got so much I want to do, and not a lot of time to do it in.
People say to me, "You really shouldn't do so many records", because it actually harms your career.
I'm the most indecisive person in the world.
I'll do three versions of a song, then think, "Is the demo better?"
So often, the singer is the sound of the record.
People think they can cover anything, but the whole voice is the thing that's unrepeatable.
I thought, I'm in my late 50s now, am I ever gonna get the chance to do another album again?
I like situations that force me to rethink things.
I thought, I might not look my best, I've forgotten half the words to my songs and I'm suffering from post-traumatic stress, but I've just got to get out there and do it.
You can't keep pursuing pop success, and chasing the past.
I don't really have anything against Will Young or Gareth Gates.
I'm often prone to self-doubt about everything I do.
I don't care much about success or anything like that.
I've only ever wanted life to be an adventure.
When people talk about gender-benders and bracket me with George, I always think I'm not like that. I had more of a rock edge, mixed with the 80s electro.
I'm always more interested in trying things that will push me, and I don't care if I fall flat on my face doing it.
I can imagine moving out to the seaside at some point.
I like Brighton, my sister lives there. I'm a seaside boy and whenever I go there, I find myself writing songs about it.
I can't read music and I'm crap at learning lyrics.
Especially since the accident I have memory problems. I can't remember words, names, places.
I'm always aware of mortality.
I've always been the sort of person who immerses myself in things, and eventually you become part of that life.
I thinks it really interesting how they throw the world music samples in there.
I often wonder what it would be like to do something like that, but use my lyrics and my kind of style.
Russians have a new freedom, but as long as they don't express that freedom on a public platform.
These days i tend to use one project I do as a kind of offshoot to the next.
I made a creativity out of that messiness.
A lot of youth today have become very narrow and conservative in a way, whereas we in the older generation are kind of living it.
A lot of the early songs I wrote were about the experience of going to London and meeting rent boys and transvestites and drag queens. A lot of my early material is that: the wide-eyed adventures of a middle-class boy.
There's no such thing as 'I can't do it'.
I mean whatever I do it's important that I put my stamp on it and keep it in my world, whether I'm doing a dance track or something like the Russian album for example.