Running to 4 minutes 12 seconds, "The Writer" kicks off the Mechanix
album. Co-written by then lead guitarist Paul Chapman, front man Phil Mogg and Neil Carter, this uptempo track smacks of arrogance.
Neil Carter replaced keyboard player/guitarist Paul Raymond in 1980; according to him:
saw my first real attempts and we wrote and recorded this at Queens' studio in Montreux, Switzerland. Not a cheap exercise by any means which is why the band were always heavily in debt to the record company."
In a March 2011 interview with this website, he agreed "The Writer" sounded like a cynical comment on Fleet Street, adding: "…there is no particular story behind it as far as I can remember. The general feel of the song is quite 'motoring' and it needed lyrics that had a bit of bite to them."
Alexander Baron - London, England