Elliot said:

elliotparis“Hooks are not always limited to the music world as such, something every Madison Avenue advertising mogul knows all too well. Anything that can repeatedly grab your attention and hold it can be termed a hook. It’s a showmanship device, if nothing else, be it Liberace’s candelabra, Jimi Hendrix’ cunnilingual soloing or Dolly Parton’s hi-beams.” — Guitar World, December 1987

Elliot said:

elliotparis“I won’t travel or even go on a day trip without a guitar. Even if I don’t pick it up, if it’s not there, I go nuts. I have to at least know that it’s within arm’s reach.” — Guitar Player magazine, February 1986

Elliot said:

elliotparis“Sometimes an engineer will say, ‘Well, can you just brighten it up a bit?’ I’ll wink at my roadie, touch the control panel, and go, ‘How’s that? Any better?’ And he’ll say, ‘Yeah, much better.’ And I haven’t done a damn thing [laughs]. I like to have fun.” — Guitar Player magazine, February 1986

Elliot said:

elliotparisCandy-O was nearly effortless for me. We just didn’t have to labor over anything. I had all of the solos planned out for the first album; for this one, I just sort of winged it. I came up with a lot of stuff that I had to go back and figure out afterwards! I think we got a more immediate effect this time out — a punchier record. The guitars are mixed louder, that’s for sure. You can really hear them chunking away. It’s a total rock-out for me. We’re totally breaking out the big guns this time, and it’s going to be great fun for me to play these songs on stage.” — Candy-O press kit, 1979

Elliot said:

elliotparisOn playing with The New Cars: “That music is my recorded legacy and I wanted to play it, and the joy in people’s faces when you’d play that solo in “Best Friend’s Girl” and they’d elbow each other: ‘look, he’s doing it, he’s playing the solo!’ and some of them would almost have tears in their eyes and stuff and it just meant the world to me, and it was just so satisfying and fun to do…” — Rock Solid interview, July 31, 2014