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
On the possibility of producing a band: “I want to produce somebody I can really get behind, something really meaty. I know what I want, but it’s really hard to describe. But when it comes along, I’m going to grasp it up and make a knockout record of it.” — Candy-O press kit, 1979
“My music life has taken me from place to place, but every move was right for me at the time. I had to move to get where I wanted to be.” — The Plain Dealer, June 9, 1978
About his neighbors’ disco party: “It was the same exact beat for forty-five minutes. It could have been fifteen different songs for all I know. I guess they get machines to play it. I’d saw my fingers off before I’d play that stuff.” — Candy-O press kit, 1979