The Wallflowers open their first album in seven years, Glad All Over, with this rousing number that contains the line: "Well, if it's a comeback you want, then get your hands raised." Asked by The Observer whether the lyric is trumpeting the band's triumphant return, Jakon Dylan replied: "My songs have always had hope and perseverance in them – I never write songs that have no escape hatch, no positivity. You can tell the story you want to tell, but you can always show light at the end of the tunnel. It's a classic through-line of rock'n'roll music."
When asked by Alternative Addiction if he came in to the studio with songs ready to go for Glad All Over, Dylan explained that most of the album was written as a group. "I went in with just a couple of songs really," he said. "I had written most of my lyrics, but the band had talked about really getting in there performing these songs rather than me coming in with songs designed already. We were just kind of going to shape them there. But that's only possible for me if I bring all the lyrics with me and I hadn't really set them in music yet. The band wanted to be more involved with writing and I wanted some help with in that regard. Having to write fifteen songs is a burden at times to go in to get started. I went in with just a couple and a stack of lyrics. We just sorted it all out there; everybody came with great ideas and lots of enthusiasm. We kept it in the rehearsal space and shaped it all on the spot."
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
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