I'm not the kind of guy who sits around at home and writes songs. Once in a while I'll pick up a guitar and noodle around, but it's rare.— Scott Ian
The most lavish Scott Ian quotes that are little-known but priceless
Music and songs are written at different periods of time, at different times in your life. They reflect the feelings you have and to be honest, I quite like having positive emotions.
I'm just not a big fan of the too-cool-for-school indie world.
Metal bands have never been invited or been able to be part of the cool kids, and I like it that way.
Anthrax, it's something that gets you sick, it's horrible, strong.
It's a heavy-metal band name if there ever was one.
Even as a kid, if I would come across something cool in the record store, that would be how I found out about bands. It's kind of the same way these days. In a way even less because there are no record stores to go to anymore.
Frank Zappa... was Beethoven for insane rock guys.
When you're younger - duh - you don't really have the tools to deal with certain things in your life.
I've always been a true believer that if men had babies, nobody would be trying to tell them what they can and can't do with their bodies.
I think the best riffs and the best songs come when you're jamming and having a good time.
People think of Jews as the Woody Allen stereotype, the nebbishy kind of thing, but that's not the kind of Jews I know. I know plenty of Israelis and plenty of tough guys that are Jewish. So, I think it makes sense that Jews play metal.
To be honest, I'm one of the least-technical guitar players around.
I just want a guitar to feel good and sound good. That's it, period.
If someone wants to sticker a record for whatever reason, that's fine.
But once it affects someone's opportunity to, you know, get that record, then I have a problem with it.
I don't think any of our lyrics have ever been erotic in a sexual term, because I haven't really written, touched on, that subject too often. But, uh... I mean, I suppose they could point the finger at us for violence maybe in certain songs.
I find it much easier to write comic-books than lyrics actually because it's a natural dialogue. Writing song lyrics is not natural but over the years I know what I need to know to get it done. I find it quite easy to capture a character and use my own personality and humour.
What is it about a zombie that appeals to me? I don't know.
Maybe that it's just the most possible - I don't know - of all the supernatural entities.
At some point around '94 or '95, 'Rolling Stone' said that guitar rock was dead and that the Chemical Brothers were the future. I think that was the last issue of 'Rolling Stone' I ever bought.
Nobody gets into a band and thinks they're going to have a 30-year career.
I will absolutely say that Johnny Ramone was a huge influence on me. I'm a giant Ramones fan.
I love what I do, somehow I have been able to play in a band for my entire life and that is all I ever wanted to do. I love that I get to do that.
I kind of live in this weird world where I am exposed to a lot of stuff, but then again I am not exposed to a lot of stuff.
I'm certainly not a practicing Jew. I would never claim, 'I'm Jewish.' That's not the first and foremost thing in my mind, as far as who I am as a person.
I have enough to think about - I just don't ever want to have to think about my car.
The internet is a great thing but the worst thing that it brought to the music business was piracy and it's made making stuff available really difficult.
I really don't worry about what people say or what they have to say or what they think - it just doesn't matter.
My grandfather was Orthodox, and he was religious, but neither of my parents were. Of course, as they got older, it seems like they get more religious the older they get, even though they're still not practicing Jews.
I don't even know who that person was in the '80s.
I see pictures of myself from back then and I don't even recognize myself.
Theres a thousand other things I would rather spend money on than a car.
To me, the guitar is a tool for songwriting, and it's fun, too.
The day that it's not fun, that's when I'm not gonna play guitar anymore.
As big as Metallica are, they're still not like a pop act.
As big as they are, they're still not U2 or Lady Gaga. It's still underground.
Everything I do is metal. When I clean my house, it's metal.
A guitar for me is pretty much strictly in the context of writing songs for my band, coming up with ideas with my band, and then being able to perform those songs as best as I can on stage - that's what the guitar for me has always been.