Hypocrite

Album: Melophobia (2013)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This is the oldest song on Melophobia. Guitarist Brad Shultz told MusicRadar.com: "When we first started writing it, it was more of a punky kind of Wreckless Eric thing. I felt like it had the potential to be more than a rough-around-the-edges punk song. I didn't get Matt (Shultz, vocals)'s vision for it at first. We sort of learned to trust each other on this album – the whole band did, too. We agreed to a 'let's-try-everything' approach, and we started doing it with a drum beat that Jared had, which was more off-kilter and unique."

    "The horns worked out by accident," he continued. "The part was actually from another song. We were working in two different studios in Jay (Joyce, producer)'s building, which allowed us to do things on separate songs at the same time. There was some sort of file mix-up on Jay's computer, and it wound up loading the horns from another song onto 'Hypocrite.' Jay was like, 'What is that? There's some sort of noise coming from somewhere that shouldn't be on this song.' We started muting stuff and taking things away, and we realized that it was the horn parts. But they didn't just work out OK – they sounded beautiful. They were in the pocket in such a good way; it was like we couldn't have done such a thing even intentionally. It was a gift from God or something." [Laughs]

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Songwriter Interviews

Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.

Concert Disasters

Concert DisastersFact or Fiction

Ozzy biting a dove? Alice Cooper causing mayhem with a chicken? Creed so bad they were sued? See if you can spot the real concert mishaps.

70s Music Quiz 1

70s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

The '70s gave us Muppets, disco and Van Halen, all which show up in this groovy quiz.

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard

Joe Elliott of Def LeppardSongwriter Interviews

The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.

Dan Reed

Dan ReedSongwriter Interviews

Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.