To Be A Millionaire

Album: Resident Alien (1995)

Songfacts®:

  • A track from the first Spacehog album, Resident Alien, "To Be A Millionaire" was inspired by the brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, who stood trial in 1994 for murdering their parents. It was a very high-profile case that was all over the news, intriguing in part because the family was rich, and the brothers engaged in profligate spending after the killings.
  • Spacehog lead singer Royston Langdon came to America from Leeds, England in 1994 where he met up with his brother, Antony, who had formed the band. "We wrote that song together and we used it as a metaphor for ourselves and what was going on," Royston said in a Songfacts interview. "It was definitely some kind of feeling around change in our own world, as there was some anticipation around the band and all that. And it didn't take much to change where we were from because we pretty much didn't have anything."
  • On the album, the song is listed as "To Be a Millionaire... Was It Likely?" That's because "Was It Likely?" is a hidden track on the CD, playing 11 minutes after "To Be a Millionaire" ends.

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