Elliot said:

elliotparisRegarding “Let’s Go”: “The ‘ow, ow, ow’ parts are on a Sequential Prophet keyboard synth. Here’s something funny: When the Roland Jupiter 8 [keyboard synthesizer] came out, they had a sound called ‘Cars Synth,’ and that was the sound. Greg (Hawkes) is a master.” — Guitar Player magazine, February 1986

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Elliot said:

elliotparis“You know as a guitarist I always considered it my role… or my duty…  or my honor or whatever, to frame the song. I’ve always been one of those guitarists that just tries to play for the song. I’m not trying to show off or anything like that. I get my spots to shine in the music.” — Rock Solid interview, July 31, 2014

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