Quotes from the Movie 24 Hour Party People

You're going to see a lot more of that sort of thing in the picture. I don't want to say too much, don't want to spoil it. I'll just say one word: 'Icarus'. If you get it, great. If you don't, that's fine too. But you should probably read more.

Tony Wilson

I'm being postmodern, before it was fashionable.

Tony Wilson

And tonight something equally epoch-making is taking place. See? They're applauding the DJ. Not the music, not the musician, not the creator, but the medium. This is it. The birth of rave culture. The beatification of the beat. The dance age. This is the moment when even the white man starts dancing. Welcome to Manchester.

Tony Wilson

I'm a minor character in my own story.

Tony Wilson

This scene didn't actually make it to the final cut. I'm sure it'll be on the DVD.

Tony Wilson

It was like being on a fantastic fairground ride, centrifugal forces throwing us wider and wider. But it's all right, because there's this brilliant machine at the center that's going to bring us back down to earth. That was Manchester. That is the Hacienda. Now imagine the machine breaks. For a while, it's even better, because you're really flying. but then, you fall, because nobody beats gravity.

Tony Wilson

Most of all, I love Manchester. The crumbling warehouses, the railway arches, the cheap abundant drugs. That's what did it in the end. Not the money, not the music, not even the guns. That is my heroic flaw: my excess of civic pride.

Tony Wilson

Factory Records are not actually a company. We are an experiment in human nature. You're labouring under the misapprehension that we actually have a deal with, er, with our, our bands. That we have any kind of a contract, er, at all, and I'm afraid we, er, we don't because that's, er, that's the sum total of the paperwork to do with Factory Records, deal with, er, their various bands.

Tony Wilson

I have protected myself from ever having to sell out by having nothing to sell out.

Tony Wilson

You can't threaten me, Martin. You're a big man, but you're out of shape. Although you could sit on me.

Tony Wilson

Energy, energy? Energy is, is, it's nothing more than a lot of new age hokum masquerading as spirituality.

Tony Wilson

Every band needs it's own special chemistry. And Bez was a very good chemist.

Tony Wilson

I am not a piece of hash. I'm in charge of Factory Records. I think.

Tony Wilson

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the latest craze sweeping the Pennines. I've got to be honest with you... right now I'd rather be SWEEPING the Pennines.

Tony Wilson

You want to be careful with that, Shaun. You could take somebody's eye out.

Tony Wilson

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does. Welcome to the Wheel of Fortune. There it is, the wheel that throughout the centuries has been used as a symbol for the vicissitudes of life. Boethius himself in his great work 'The Consolation of Philosophy' compares history to a great wheel, hoisting us up, then dropping us down again. "Inconsistency is my very essence" -says the wheel- "Raise yourself up on my spokes if you wish, but don't complain when you plunge back down" Now spin the wheel.

Tony Wilson

It's not what it looks like, love!

Tony Wilson

I love you! Don't stop.

Tony Wilson

I just got a blowjob. That's full penetration.

Tony Wilson

Can I offer anybody like the best drug experience they ever had?

Bez

It's a pity you didn't sign the Smiths, but you were right about Mick Hucknell. His music's rubbish, and he's a ginger.

God

Tony, you did a good job. Basically you are right: Shaun is the greatest poet since Yeats.

God

I definitely don't remember this happening.

The Real Howard Devoto

Pogo like a bastard!

John the Postman

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