On why it took him awhile to put out a solo album: “I was tied up with other personal things, you know, around the house. I just took my time, I wanted to do it right. You know, it’s a pretty scary thing to do it for the first time and you want to make sure everything falls into place so I took a little extra time this time.” — Line One radio interview, November 1986
“Ric and I have always gotten along, especially musically. We’re good friends as well, but probably the reason why we kept playing together so long is strictly because of the music. Not ‘strictly because of the music…’ just because the music and the friendship were wonderful through all these years and it’s continuing on.” — Retro Rock interview, date unknown
On writing lyrics for The Lace with Diane Grey Page: “I had the tunes pretty much laid out, but my weakest point are lyrics, so I needed to get some help on lyrics. I asked her if she wanted to try a few with me, and the first one got into the second one and just kept… (trails off)” — interview with Mark Goodman, MTV, circa October, 1986
On how he felt when Elektra Records approached him about doing a solo album: “I got pretty nervous there for a while… you know, ‘cause I’d never done anything like this before, so I wanted to do a good job and when they asked me to do it I said sure I’d do it, but then shortly there afterward I got a little nervous. (chuckles)” — interview with Scott Muni, Line One radio program, November 1986.
“Actually, the reason it took me so long to do a solo project is that nobody asked me to do one before. But when Elektra Records asked me if I wanted to do an album, I said yes. And then I kind of went crazy because I had never tried to write songs before.” — Chicago Tribune, December 30, 1986
“I’ve probably been through more relationships than most people that I know. You have to keep in there, pitching (to keep romance alive). The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, but if you really care about somebody and make a commitment, you give it the best shot you can. It’s a shot in the dark, but I’m taking it.” — Chicago Tribune, December 30, 1986
“I don’t think I would want to write for The Cars, though. Why? Because The Cars are The Cars, and have been for such a long time. My music is a lot different — even though sometimes the beat pattern in one of my song’s bass line might seem a little similar to something that The Cars might do.” — Chicago Tribune, December 30, 1986