Alone In The Make-Out Room

Album: Balls (2006)
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  • "That's an interesting one," lead singer Steve Adams told us. "I think that every so often you write a song as an exercise, to try something out. The longer I've been writing songs the more I like to look at it as an exercise, and sort of stretch myself a bit. And that was one that I thought I'd like to write a comedy song, singing about that, and it was that simple." The lead singer takes a moment to think, and then offers a sort of apology: "That's a really boring answer, actually, but that's what it sounds like. It was completely written as an exercise with no malice aforethought. The lady that I sang originally with as a duet, she and I got on quite well, so there wasn't any spite at all. (laughing) I was in a really good mood for the entire time I was writing it."
  • The sweet verse at the end of the song is quite shocking, coming on the heels of an entire diatribe about the different ways the main characters gleefully imagine each other dying. The explanation for that is a bit murky, because, according to Steve, no one's ever really been interested in it, "and I never thought anybody would be." He describes it as a "sappy song that's been a little spoiled" for him. "Me and the lady who sang on the Balls version kind of fell out, and as she has a co-write on it I'm happier just letting it lie. It was just an exercise in writing a kind of comedy duet really. She had come up with some very rude words to end the song with, and when we decided she shouldn't use that, she re-wrote it into that very sweet version. We had some fun doing it live with other singers and we re-recorded a great single version with the wonderful Eddi Reader, but I don't mind if I never hear it again. It's been used on a movie over here, and they used the album version, so we'll probably leave it at that." (Read the full interview with Steve Adams)

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