Do you really think the 14-year-old kid who worships Bon Jovi or Guns N' Roses is going to appreciate your music?
THURSTON: You know, nothing's impossible. But to them we might be a little too weird. There're certain aspects of our sound that for the most part will sound really bad to them. When we went to Russia last year, a lot of people thought we were just doing it wrong, because their only guidelines were the Beatles and Iron Maiden. So these suburban kids who listen to Jovi and G N' R for the most part—they don't know any better, they're not musically inclined. It's more a social thing for them.
To me, our music is elitist, in a way. We're tied in with this elitist aesthetic. The only way to overcome it is not to think about it, but you're instantly tied into it because you come out of it. Just the fact that each of us was one of those kids who would say, "Fuck Led Zep, let's drive into the city and see a Ramones gig." And the next day in high school you'd tell somebody that and they'd think you were a total alien. I was one of maybe three people in my high school who knew about Patti Smith and the Ramones.
I don't want to subject anybody against their will to something that's outside their sensibility. Why should Geffen force-feed anything down anybody's throat? Guns N' Roses are easy because it's a path that's already been paved by all the lame rock classics. But us, who are they going to feed it to?
Won't they feed it into the usual channels and see what happens?
That's the most interesting thing to us. The housewife who's thirty-something in Middle America and buys one cassette a month—probably even bought the G N' R one because it was played a lot and she liked that one song—she's definitely not going to buy our record. And if she does, she's going to be subjected to something that's most likely going to disturb her. And I don't really want to disturb anybody. I don't want to be forced on anybody.
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