Top 230 Underground Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Underground Quotes from famous people such as Shaun Ryder, Paul Heyman, Glenn Danzig, Chuck Schuldiner, Ophelia Lovibond, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

When we came along in 1982, music was getting boring -

When we came along in 1982, music was getting boring – like 1976 when punk hadn’t happened. We wanted to be rock ‘n’ roll. We grew up with The Velvet Underground, the Stones and Mars bars and Marianne Faithfull and we knew we didn’t want to be boring – and we weren’t!
Shaun Ryder
Oh, I’m a huge fan of ‘Lucha Underground.’
Paul Heyman
Of course, I started really being a comics fan with the underground stuff in the ’70s.
Glenn Danzig
When I first got involved in the underground metal scene in ’82, ’83, there were only about five or six major Death or Black Metal bands around. There were so many other bands that were inspirational, that really helped.
Chuck Schuldiner
If you asked me to sing a modern song, I wouldn’t be able to – I can’t easily slip into that groove. But if it were a song by Nico or The Velvet Underground, fine.
Ophelia Lovibond
Couples without kids have each other, their friends, families, and Siri to talk to. It’s not like they’re quarantining themselves in an underground bunker, never to take a romantic stroll on the beach or attend a Morrissey concert ever again. They’re just using birth control.
Jen Kirkman
There will always be an underground.
Chuck Palahniuk
On some summer days in New York City, the air hangs thickly visible, like the combined exhalations of eight million souls. Steam rising from vents underground makes you wonder if there isn’t one giant sweat gland lodged beneath the city.
Diane Ackerman
The sum total of what I learned about African American culture in school was Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Underground Railroad. This was more than my mom knew; she didn’t even see a black person in real life until she was 18 years old.
Ashley Graham
I went to underground music studios. In the studios, I learned that you can make a movie without a permit.
Bahman Ghobadi
I feel that in the underground world, there’s not enough vocals out there.
Erick Morillo
Who can forget that in critical times of war in 1962, 1965 and 1971, Naga underground organisations did not fire on the Indian Army? They showed restraint.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
When you come to my show, it’s like a no-holds-barred, underground Royal Rumble.
Travis Scott
Encouraging underground uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau um, the federal government was the only purchaser of uranium ore to try to manufacture uh, atomic bombs.
Tom Udall
A lot of artists get famous overseas first. I don’t know what it is here. I have a large underground following in the U.S., but I don’t get the airplay as much as I do in, say, Australia. Over there, they can play whatever they like, it seems, but not so much here.
Wynter Gordon
I had three older sisters whose record collections I borrowed, so I was listening to The Velvet Underground as well as Bach and brass band music.
Johann Johannsson
A friend of mine had this great theory about the Teletubbies, that it’s preparing us for being mindless. And getting us ready for living in an underground world. That’s why the scenery is so flat.
Rachel McAdams
Before the Civil War, Canada was at the top of the underground railroad. If you made it into Canada, you were safe unless someone came and hauled you back. That was also true during the Vietnam War for draft resisters.
Margaret Atwood
I don’t have a nickname. But, hey, they can call me what they want – The Silent Assassin, The Underground King. In Japan, they call me American Knuckle Star. Call me what you want.
Eddie Alvarez
A lot of the surreal filmmakers, like David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, or countless other underground filmmakers… Their sense of explosive images have always dominated their films. It’s a way to shock the senses, to make them open themselves.
Nicolas Winding Refn
I come from the underground, from the ground.
Dizzee Rascal
As big as Metallica are, they’re still not like a pop act. As big as they are, they’re still not U2 or Lady Gaga. It’s still underground.
Scott Ian
We shot ‘Delusion’ in the middle of the desert and outside of Las Vegas where they did those underground nuclear bomb testings. So I only ate oysters and drank coffee because I didn’t want to turn into a mutant.
Jennifer Rubin
Underground literature only began in the ’70s, when technical developments made it possible. Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors. That was our struggle.
Ryszard Kapuscinski
My musical roots and inspiration lie not in rock n’ roll or metal music, but first and foremost in classical music, balalaika, and in underground house music.
Varg Vikernes
We don’t really want to be the ‘Late Night’ of the Internet. We want to have one foot in the mainstream, one foot in the underground.
Sean Evans
I don’t know anybody who does what I do. I’m very underground.
Eric Bogosian
We used to play the underground clubs like the UFO, and Middle Earth, and they were great because they would have on things like a poet, string quartets, and then a rock band! It was kinda cool!
Alvin Lee
‘Lucha Underground’ is the evolution of wrestling. It’s high-style, high-flying, fast-paced hybrid style wrestling, and we’re actually paying homage to lucha libre for the first time.
Rey Mysterio
Snakes are a very real thing in Egyptian tombs, they like to hang out underground.
Josh Gates
I hate that people have made the term SoundCloud rapper into a bad thing, because a lot of artists are underground and they don’t have a way to put their music on. But to get that clout, to get that popularity, you might want to upload your music to SoundCloud – because how else is everybody going to hear it?
Megan Thee Stallion
There's a certain type of success you can have where it

There’s a certain type of success you can have where it means nothing. You’re just becoming someone in Hello! magazine and no one knows what you actually do any more… the only way to escape that is to go back underground.
When I turned to writing fantasy, and writing for young people, it was joyous. It was like discovering an underground lake of ideas that went on forever.
Laini Taylor
I’ve had some really, really wild fun nights in Vegas. I ended up on stage once with this band, The Digital Underground, doing the Humpty Dance.
Ashton Kutcher
I went to an art school in Brooklyn and painted Fine Art, if that’s what you’d call it for eight years in New York, until I saw the first underground comics in the East Village Other.
Bill Griffith
The story of the Underground Railroad is the story of American heroes, and who doesn’t want to hear a story about American heroes?
Misha Green
We been bubblin’ in the Los Angeles underground for years.
In the public sector, there are a million people in the health service. There ought to be a couple of dozen or more on the Labour side, who learned their trade in different parts of the health service, and the public sector, and local government. And bus drivers, and people on the Underground.
Dennis Skinner
I mean Iggy and The Stooges first couple of albums I think sold twenty five thousand between the two of them you know and so to talk in terms of an underground I mean you have to go really to the independent labels and things like that.
Lester Bangs
I was in the underground until I left Germany.
Klaus Fuchs
Rotgut was, to me, just this way to get into the underground of Manhattan where you have these little pockets a villain could rise from; a rot in the bowels of Manhattan. It led to these stories that were just very creepy.
Ann Nocenti
There’s this whole underground world of amateur television production.
Fred Willard
The Florida peninsula is, in fact, an emerging plateau, honeycombed with voids and vents, caves and underground waterways. Travelers on Interstate Highway I-75 have no idea that, beneath them, are cave labyrinths still being mapped by speleologists – ‘cavers,’ they prefer to be called.
Randy Wayne White
When I was eight, nine years of age, my mother bought me a pair of green trousers – corduroy green trousers. I didn’t like green, and I basically buried them underground. And my mother kept asking me, ‘Where are your trousers?’ I said, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’ And from then on I stopped wearing green.
Brunello Cucinelli
Electroclash is good because it’s stayed underground.
Chris Lowe
I just try to keep myself a traditionalist. I liked being an underground comic doing my thing. I want to maintain that. I just do.
Zach Galifianakis
You don’t make this kind of music expecting to have to do TV press and stuff like that. I don’t mind doing it, but it’s a fairly underground type of music. You do it for the love of the music more than being a star or anything.
Jon Hopkins
With ‘Underground,’ we see that the wounds that we all, as a nation, inflicted upon our brothers and sisters during slavery have not been healed.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
The Velvet Underground is probably the best band that’s ever existed, assuredly the best American one.
Ezra Furman
I’ve always been ahead of the curve when it came to trying new stuff in the underground scene.
Kid Cudi
Us comics guys tend to get really good at the things we draw a lot. I’m good at creepy old forests, Victorian houses, underground goblin cities, and beautiful but creepy fairies.
Ted Naifeh
Like AEW, it kind of feels like they’re treating you like a professional athlete, and Lucha Underground is like a lot of TV production stuff. It felt like they treated you like a professional actor. The treatment was just above that for a wrestler.
Brian Cage
At 18, I moved to L.A. with my heavy metal band Avant Garde, which was very much influenced by Metallica. At 19, I got a job at Tower Records, and everything started to change very quickly. I started listening to the Velvet Underground, Pixies, early Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and also earlier music like the Beatles.
Rivers Cuomo
I don’t have any hard feelings against anyone at Lucha Underground.
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Annalee Newitz