Words of Waits: II

Apparently Coldplay have done an advertisement for Apple – this is not all that surprising for Coldplay, but what does Tom have to say about musicians and advertising?

Interviewer:

Do you ever get approached by major advertisers?

Waits:

I get it all the time, and they offer people a whole lot of money. Unfortunately I don’t want to get on the bandwagon. You know, when a guy is singing to me about toilet paper – you may need the money but, I mean, rob a 7-Eleven! Do something with dignity and save us all the trouble of peeing on your grave. I don’t want to rail at length here, but it’s like a fistula for me…I have been offered money and all that, and then there’s the people who imitate me too. I really am against people who allow their music to be nothing more than a jingle for jeans or Bud. But I say, “Good, okay, now I know who you are.” ‘Cause it’s always money. There have been tours endorsed, encourage and financed by Miller, and I say, “Why don’t you just get an office at Miller? Start really workin’ for the guy.” I just hate it.

From Innocent When You Dream

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