Alex Call was the lead singer in Clover, and went on to write "Perfect World
" for Huey Lewis & the News as well as "Jenny (867-5309)
" for Tommy Tutone. Here's what he told Songfacts about Lange's production style: "Mutt is a real studio rat. He is Mr. Endurance in the studio. When we were making the records with him, he'd start working at 10:30, 11 in the morning and go until 3 at night, night after night. He is one of the guys that really developed that whole multi-multi-multi track recording. We'd do eight tracks of background vocals going, "Oooooh" and bounce those down to one track and then do another eight, he was doing a lot of that.
A lot of the things you hear on Def Leppard and that kind of stuff, he was developing that when he worked with us. We were the last record he did that wasn't enormous, and that's not his fault, he did a really good job with us. The problem with us was our focus was too scattered. Huey Lewis was kind of the R&B guy, I was kind of the Country guy, it just didn't quite work. We used to do horn lines with pedal steel and harmonica - truly weird. Mutt is famous for working long hours. The story I heard about one of the Shania sessions, he had Rob Hajakos, who's one of the famous fiddle session men down here. Rob was playing violin parts for like seven or eight hours and finally he said, 'Can I take a break,' and Mutt says, 'What do you mean take a break?' Rob goes, 'Have you ever held one of these for eight hours under your chin?' Mutt really loves to record, he loves music and he's a real perfectionist and an innovator. An unbelievable commercial hook writer. I just wish that Shania had done one of my songs." (Check out our interview with Alex Call