Rock's Terence Trent D'Arby Boasts the Soul of Sam Cooke (and the Mouth of Ali)
updated 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
"I am a genius."
"I can justifiably say that my first album will be one of the most brilliant debuts from any artist in the last 10 years."
"I've always been blessed, or cursed, with perception."
"I know I'm meant to say I was inspired by something deep and clever, but this song reminds me of bonking."
"Looks are like honey: They'll attract flies, bees, bears, but they won't necessarily keep them. If I were ugly as hell I'd probably still be successful, but maybe not this soon."
"I have sex more often than I wash my hair."
"[In the U.S.] I obviously wouldn't say on nationwide TV that I thought America was racist, sexist, homophobic and violent if they asked me why I left. I would just say America wasn't a culture I felt comfortable in. But anybody with a brain would understand what I'm trying to say."
To the observation that some of his music sounds derivative of Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson and others: "You are what you eat."
"I have a gut instinctive feeling that I will be as massive as Madonna, as massive as Michael Jackson...Whitney Houston, sure."
"My album is better than Sgt. Pepper."
Hardline, released in the U.S. last October, currently sits at No. 8 on Billboard's album chart. D'Arby's single, "Wishing Well," is No. 2. One more thing: "Every great artist," says D'Arby, "has a certain amount of bluff."