This Dream Theater song was co-written by Desmond Child
. Wait, is that right? Desmond Child, the pop song Svengali whose super-slick choruses powered Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name
" and Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca
" teamed up with Dream Theater
? Yes, it's true.
When it came time to make the band's fourth album, Falling Into Infinity
, their label, East West, had been taken over by Elektra, and Elektra was hot and heavy for a hit. So, they brought in the hit-maker Desmond Child to work with the band. Together, they crafted "You Not Me," which unlike most Dream Theater fare comes in under 5 minutes and is about romantic tribulations. It was a (very) minor hit, reaching #40 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The album sold fairly well, but the band was embittered by the process.