Lose Yourself

Album: Specter At The Feast (2013)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This is the closing track of Specter At The Feast, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's first album that was recorded without the help of the late sound engineer Michael Been (father of singer Robert Levon Been). This song was inspired by one of the band's last shared moments with the vocalist's late dad. Robert Levon Been recalled to Q magazine: "The last time we were all together on the last tour was when we played a show at Sumer Sonic in Japan. We went on, then Jónsi went on after us. All of us were really moved by his show. It's one of the few times we've all stood side of the stage together and watched. Usually on tour everyone scatters. It was one of the last times we were all together and were really moved.
    "When 'Lose Yourself' came along later on we all shared that moment together again with that song," he added. "It was definitely inspired by him but it wasn't something that we talked about. We didn't aim to get back to that spirit, but it was definitely understood. Every movement and every feeling was connected. I'm proud of that one because I haven't ever felt so connected to Peter [Hayes, guitar] and Leah [Shapiro, drums] in the same room without any words been said. We were communicating purely musically. It came pretty fast, as the best things do."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

80s Video Director Jay Dubin

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.

Jeff Trott

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.

Alice Cooper

Alice CooperFact or Fiction

How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?

Benny Mardones

Benny MardonesSongwriter Interviews

His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.

The Real Nick Drake

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.