From being a kid I’d had a checklist – form a great rock’n’roll band in Manchester – tick, done that; make a really great forty-five with a navy blue label like the Rolling Stones – tick, done that; wear sunglasses indoors at all times – tick, done that; crash a big car without a licence – tick, done that; make a classic album and drink loads of brandy – tick, tick, done, done.

Document and eyewitness – an intimate history of Rough Trade (p. 290)
by Neil Taylor