"The first time Slow played in Seattle was in 84, and Green River opened the show. I remember being surprised by the number of girls in the crowd, because we were a punk band on a serious Ramones kick. It made more sense when Green River came out all glammed-up-looking and sounding like a Sunset Strip metal act. After we played, Mark Arm and the other Green River dudes told us they really liked our set. Then Mark and Steve Turner started playing more punk stuff with Mudhoney, and while everyone was cashing in on grunge, we were on to the next thing."
"After Slow, I was looking for a band name that was a little less descriptive, like X or PiL, and the copyright symbol seemed to be a great idea. I was shocked when Geffen didn't agree. Initially, our Geffen A&R rep pretended that the name didn't exist and ran off cassette copies of our demos with ‘the Canadians' written on them. Soon everyone at the label was calling us the Canadians, and I was getting mad. We had a meeting with David Geffen, who said, ‘What's the problem? I thought you guys were called the Canadians. It's a good name!' I pointed out that there already was a band called the Young Canadians and we wanted to use the copyright symbol, so he said, ‘Listen, Tommy, the marketing department hates the idea, the legal department hates it, your manager hates it and I hate it, too, but if you want use that symbol, go right ahead!' Circle C was the compromise."
"With the Circle C album, we wanted to abandon traditional pop/rock song structures, so we took a turn toward a more progressive concept. But whatever - we can all look back to Genesis. Not that we were ever really into that prog stuff, but coming from a punk background, the idea of messing with tradition just for the simple pleasure of fucking with shit was really appealing. The first time I heard Radiohead's OK Computer, I thought, ‘Yep, I knew that was coming.'"