Lenny Kravitz's biggest hits
usually get written in a hurry. He scribbled the lyrics to his 1995 single "Are You Gonna Go My Way" on a brown paper bag. Even his 1999 breakthrough song "Fly Away" was written in a flash of inspiration. "The songs that happen quickly are the ones," he says. "They happen so fast you don't have time to ruin it."
Both tracks, along with 13 others, are collected on Kravitz's new Greatest Hits
CD (Virgin). After five albums and two Grammys, the stylish rocker figures now's the time to take a short look back. "It's an accomplishment just to be around for 11 years at a time when careers are very short and disposable," says Kravitz, 36, who lives in Miami. "A lot of people have giant hits and then it's like, 'See ya.' "
Kravitz—who is divorced from actress Lisa Bonet (with whom he has a daughter, Zoe, 11)—still has issues with the music press. "A magazine said I hit on Gisele Bundchen
," he says. "I never met her. Most of the stuff you read about yourself is bull."