My major was Fine Arts and Education thinking I would become an Art Teacher. I couldn't visualize myself as an art teacher, thinking how it wouldn't work.

-Mark Mothersbaugh
Mark Mothersbaugh

As far as the style, I was fascinated by surrealism.

Mark Mothersbaugh
When I'm writing a theme song for a TV show I always think, "What would be Pavlovian where a kid would be in the kitchen, or an adult would be in the kitchen, and they hear the theme song come on and it would draw them back to the other room so that they would watch the show?"
Mark Mothersbaugh

I've worked with a lot of directors, some of them you wouldn't really attach the word 'artist' to their name.

Mark Mothersbaugh
When I was a kid, I would go to the record store, where there was a bin of things they didn't know quite how to classify. Those were my choices. That's where you would find Captain Beefheart or an early electronic album.
Mark Mothersbaugh

When I was a kid, the book that I liked the most was 'Aesop's Fables.' There was a version of it that my father read stories to us kids out of. I liked the idea of the short story format.

Mark Mothersbaugh
I write all the time. I do artwork that's part of a diary, and I write short stories to go with them pretty much every day.
Mark Mothersbaugh

I don't cook - I can cook - but I'm not very good. I like being asked over for dinner, because she can't cook either. We would starve if it weren't for modern technology. I know how to work a microwave, but love home cooked meals.

Mark Mothersbaugh
What makes games so exciting is that's a whole other- there's all sorts of other considerations on what music is supposed to achieve and what you're attempting to support, it's not uncommon to think of your music and to think of the way your orchestra plays for something like Jack and Daxter where you start with- you know because it has to change tempo and intensity as the action gets more intense.
Mark Mothersbaugh

My favorite films, I would put my answering machine up to the television set and hit record. I'd tape my favorite movies and then I could go back and listen to them again. I only had the soundtrack, I didn't have the visuals. But I think it made me really pay attention to the soundtracks.

Mark Mothersbaugh
It's people who write music because they are obsessed that I like; because they have something to say and no other way to say it.