"When I was a student, people were very hostile to American foreign policy. I still get shit from people for living here when I go back to England. They say, 'How can you live there, especially with Bush?' They think it's a bit of a sellout for a good socialist lad. But I think people who aren't into music have a very bad view of America. Whereas for us, the explosion of music that happened in the 20th century more than makes up for all the terrible imperialism."
He laughs at his Pollyanna-side summary and concludes, "It's a love-hate thing. We were fascinated by America, and the idea of regionalism that was in all those records. And then we were incredibly disappointed when we got here."