Sure Hope You Mean It

Album: The Way I See It (2008)
  • Saadiq explained on his record label's website that this song showed his deep connection to The Temptations. He explained: "The vocal has a David Ruffin 'feel': I pictured how it was when Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and the guys in the Temps were first introduced to the world. I looked at a lot of their album covers so I could immerse myself in the characters. I think of the track as vintage Motown with a Stax guitar line factored in... it's like a melting pot of the two sounds."
  • Veteran Motown percussionist Jack Ashford played on this track. Saadiq recalled to The Guardian April 24, 2009: "Jack played the bells. He was supposed to play a different line, but he did his own thing, and it was magical. When you've got a veteran in the room, you don't say anything."


Be the first to comment...

Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesSongwriter Interviews

Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.

Annie Haslam of RenaissanceSongwriter Interviews

The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.

N.W.A vs. the WorldSong Writing

How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.

Producer Ron NevisonSong Writing

Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company.

Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine"They're Playing My Song

"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.

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.