Quoting Benjamin

“Without being too presumptuous, I think we had a big influence on the whole new wave rock scene. Right now, I’m pleased with the direction the band is going. We’re managing to avoid getting stale.” ~ Herald & Review, September 24, 1980

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Quoting Benjamin

On working with Andy Warhol for the video “Hello Again”: “(laughs) He was a different kind of human being. (laughs) He was nice enough. Sorry he passed away. Yeah, it was a whole different ambiance going in and shooting a video with those guys. It was very hardcore New York stuff. There was just an air about the whole process.” ~ interview with A.J. Wachtel of The Beat, October 1987

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Quoting Benjamin

Are there any local bands you really like now? “Like I said, I’ve been out of the country for a while now and in New York so it’s very seldom that I get out to clubs these days. We just popped over The Opera House the other night but it’s the farthest I’ve gone in quite a while. Bowie the other day. Usually the big acts, and even that’s a chore to get to these days. I just don’t have the time.” ~ interview with A.J. Wachtel of The Beat, October 1987

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Quoting Benjamin

“I’m still a quiet guy. I like to keep my private life private. I remember we did one show in Chicago with Dickie Betts and the crowd was mean. They were throwing big ice cubes at us. I say, God bless ’em. They pay their money, they’re entitled to go wild. I don’t even care. I’m doing the work I’ve always wanted to do and I’m happy.” ~ Herald & Review, September 24, 1980

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Quoting Benjamin

On why The Cars closed Syncro Sound: “We closed it down because the machinery, uh, state of the art machinery is quite expensive and it’s real hard for up-and-coming musicians to afford something like that unless there’s a record deal, and record companies weren’t in abundance in this town. So, it was difficult for us. It was a case of losing more money a year, you know, than trying to keep up with the tech stuff that we had to. We had three full-time techs there and it was a monetary decision.” ~ interview with A.J. Wachtel of The Beat, October 1987

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