Our academic qualifications didn’t help us with rock. As far as I was concerned, I was an art school reject who had a diploma in graphics, but how did that qualify me for rock? But what it did, having that background, was help in the art of survival in the business side. We still learned the hard way, as every group does at some stage. We aimed for the top. None of us wanted to get tied to a 9 to 5 job and I definitely knew that we’d got everything in terms of the music. We were original enough and we started proving it. We weren’t the kind of band that would say, “Ok, we’re going to do this, but if it doesn’t work out we will follow what someone else does.” No. That’s the wrong way to do it. We weren’t going to enter into the music business if we weren’t serious enough to go the whole hog. This is a full-time occupation, not a hobby. In a way it was a very good inspiration; we just thought we’ve left our academic qualifications behind and now we’re going to do this.

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