Love Should Be a Crime

Play Video


  • 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.
  • Desmond Child submitted this song to O-Town. His co-writer Jesse James Dupree had no idea, and initially writing it. When told the record had sold 130,000 copies it's first week, Dupree's memory became much more clear. "I said, 'Oh, yeah, that's me.'"


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.

Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds

Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsSongwriter Interviews

The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton HeatSongwriter Interviews

The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.

Dar Williams

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"

Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"They're Playing My Song

The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.

La La Brooks of The Crystals

La La Brooks of The CrystalsSong Writing

The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."