Courtney: One thing you’ve always done, I realized recently, is write about these muses, these other females, these goddesses. These parts of yourself. You don’t write big, sexy love ballads about men. I wondered why that was for you? Because I do the same thing. I was listening to a song of Billy Corgan’s yesterday called “I Need a Lover”. It’s sexy, okay. But I’m listening and I’m going, “I can’t write like this.”
Stevie: You know who else asked me that same question a long time ago? Prince. We were really close for a while - we never went to bed together, but we had something that was very, very special. And he always said, “Why don’t you write songs that are more sexual?” And I said, “Well, because that’s not the way I am in my real life. I am not a person who walks naked through the house. I will always have something beautiful on. It will be beautiful, and it will enhance me.”
Courtney: Maybe what Prince was trying to say is you should be more, “I want to fuck you, baby”?
Stevie: But I believe that there is a certain amount of mysticism that all women should have, that you should never tell all your secrets, that you should never tell everybody all about you. I never have.
Spin magazine (October 1997)
these women are my idols.