Headlight Disco

Album: Modern Minds and Pastimes (2007)


  • "That was a really fun song to write," says Click Five keyboardist/songwriter Ben Romans, "because we wrote it with keyboards instead of guitars for the most part." And since Ben is also the keyboardist for the band, that makes perfect sense. He also feels that no band should take itself so seriously that it never wavers from the formula. "One good thing to do sometimes is to push yourself to experiment, just put yourself in different places," he says. "I think sometimes it helps you simplify stuff. In this case, we were just messing around with keyboards just to kind of not be pretentious about something. It's like almost, for a song like that, it's good to kind of get out of your own comfort zone."
  • The term "headlight disco" describes an impromptu dance "club" where kids will gather "in the forest with their headphones and dance." The song came about, according to Ben, "from talking about writing a song just like you would do a video treatment. So it's just kind of the story line, a very simple song, when someone is trying to get someone to come out and celebrate. It's just more of a cinematic kind of song." (Check out the full Ben Romans interview.)


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.

Tom Johnston from The Doobie BrothersSongwriter Interviews

The Doobies guitarist and lead singer, Tom wrote the classics "Listen To The Music," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove."

Glen BurtnikSongwriter Interviews

On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.

Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsSongwriter Interviews

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

Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"Songwriter Interviews

Ian talks about his 3 or 4 blatant attempts to write a pop song, and also the ones he most connected with, including "Locomotive Breath."

Keith Reid of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

As Procol Harum's lyricist, Keith wrote the words to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." We delve into that song and find out how you can form a band when you don't sing or play an instrument.