I'm not the kind of person who looks for, who publicises sensationalism or sensational happenings in my life or past. Who doesn't get wasted when they're 20 and do crazy, stupid things? It's like, so what? You can put that in your article and it'll colour it this way of that, but it doesn't have anything to d0 with my music.
Well, there have always been drugs in music.
Yeah, but growing up I didn't have money to fucking eat! Where was I doing to have money to buy drugs? I'd drink a couple of 40oz bottles of beer with my friends down on the cover. I don't' relate to a lot of drug culture because it seems suburban to me. It's not that I didn't take drugs, but I didn't belong to some drug culture. I was just doing my own thing.
I remember that when I first came out people thought I was a total drug animal or something. I have my day, but I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you if I was wasted and drug addled. I wouldn't be making records. I would have crashed a burned a long time ago. Not that I'm precious or anything. I'm all for drink and loosening the social fabric, things that take people out of themselves.
Howe, Rupert, 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', Q magazine, April 2000