O-Town was never in the same league with Backstreet Boys or 'N Sync, but their self-titled, debut album still sold over a million copies in the US. The group was assembled from a reality show called Making the Band
, and knowing that they would get a big promotional push, the top songwriters in the game submitted songs.
Two of the songwriters who composed this one are names you would expect: Gregg Sutton and Desmond Child
- both veteran pop song composers. The other writer is surprising: Jesse James Dupree
of the savage rock band Jackyl. The song was written when the composers were at a songwriting retreat in France where attendees were randomly paired up to write together. When Child and Dupree ended up in the same room, Child wanted to write a Jackyl song, but Dupree wanted to get out of his comfort zone and do something different.
The result was "Love Should Be a Crime," a typical adolescent burner about a girl who plays so many mind games, that her love could be a misdemeanor.