You must be aware that, consciously or otherwise, you've each created a particular mythology that has arisen, in part, from your songs.
SM: Nobody created my mythology, I certainly didn't.
NC: No, you (the press) created it.
SM: The media has a lot to answer for, you're all a bunch of bastards however friendly you are.
NC: Let's not talk about the media. Why the hell are you talking about mythologies? That tends to suggest it's somehow unreal.
SM: It seems to me that in your songs, Nick, you're doing a Jung style trip of examining your shadow, all the dark things you don't want to be. A lot of your songs are like trips into the subconscious and are therefore nightmarish.
SM: You're exploring the world through the subconscious. I've done that on occasions for various reasons, whether it be illness or self abuse, or whatever. Once things start to look grotesque I don't write them or sing them. I couldn't write them the way you do, I couldn't – making nightmares into living daylight...
NC: I think you do a pretty good job of it in some of your songs.
SM: The minute it gets dark I shoot back, retreat. I haven't always but I do now 'cos...
MES: Don't give too much away Shane, don't tell them. Hold a bit back.
SM: I haven't told them anything yet. (laughs)