BUCKCHERRY

Front­man Josh Todd on the track that lit up a thou­sand rock clubs

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN • IL­LUS­TRA­TION: MATT DIXON

The Cal­i­for­ni­ans tell us the story be­hind their highly in­tel­lec­tual and com­plex song, Crazy Bitch.

“WE WANTED IT TO BE

LIKE A HIP-HOP SONG”

IT WAS IN­SPIRED BY PARIS HIL­TON

“I wrote Crazy Bitch a cap­pella in my truck. I wrote it a long time be­fore we re­leased it

[on 2006 al­bum 15]. It was right around the time that the Paris Hil­ton sex tapes came out. I thought it was funny how some­body could launch their en­tire entertainment ca­reer on a home­made porn tape. Then I started rem­i­nisc­ing about all the crazy chicks that I used to go out with. It seemed that from the time when I was about 18 to when I was about 23 I couldn’t re­ally find a sane girl any­where. They were all re­ally, re­ally good in bed but they weren’t great girl­friends. I just started singing that melody and I didn’t want to for­get it.

It was su­per-easy and I wanted it to be a sim­ple song. I called Keith [Nel­son, for­mer Buckcherry gui­tarist] to record me singing it on his an­swer ma­chine be­cause this was in the days be­fore things like iPhones!”

IT WASN’T SUP­POSED TO BE A SIN­GLE

“It was just an­other song. We made a re­ally great record and Crazy Bitch was kind of an af­ter­thought. We thought we would res­ur­rect it; it wasn’t quite fin­ished, we still had work to do. We thought it would be a cool record song for our core fans and that there would be no way that it could get on the ra­dio or any­thing like that. We didn’t even think about it like that. Once the record came out, it started re­ally tak­ing off on­line. This was when MyS­pace was go­ing on and it had a mil­lion lis­tens on there. We were like, ‘This is crazy!’ Ra­dio sta­tions started to play it and it be­came this phe­nom­e­non.”

IT HELPED BUCKCHERRY COME BACK FROM THE BRINK

“We recorded a demo of it. This was when it was just Keith and me in the band, be­cause from the first line-up, all of the guys had quit ex­cept for Keith and me. What hap­pens when you’re in those mo­ments is that ev­ery­body be­comes very fo­cused on the goal. It be­comes a col­lec­tive thought and when you have col­lec­tive thought with a bunch of peo­ple it be­comes very pow­er­ful and it can’t be stopped.”

WE HAD TO FIGHT TO KEEP IT X-RATED

“There was a pretty well-known pro­ducer back in the day who heard the song and said, ‘Oh, that’s a pretty good song but you’ve got to change the lyrics.’ I said I didn’t want to change the lyrics. That was what was great about the song – the lyrics were what was so fun about it! You change those lyrics and it be­comes just an­other fuckin’ stupid song. We didn’t change the lyrics. We sat on the song for a long time un­til fi­nally it was the right time and place to re­lease it.”

IT HAS HIP-HOP ROOTS

“The song re­ally wrote it­self. It was su­per­sim­ple. I wanted it to be like a hip-hop song, al­most. That’s how I de­scribed it to Keith when I was try­ing to get it all to­gether. I al­ways wanted to take that song and col­lab­o­rate with a hip-hop artist and remix it. That would be re­ally fun. I think the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll has all gone into hip-hop; I don’t see any of that in rock’n’roll any­more.”

IT BE­CAME A STRIP CLUB AN­THEM

“I want any kind of an­them, so I’m happy [that it be­came a pop­u­lar strip club song choice]. You work your whole life to have a hit. Wher­ever the song wants to be heard, that is fan­tas­tic for me. There was noth­ing that in­di­cated that the record would be a suc­cess. No one would sign that al­bum. It was a force that could not be stopped; there was no other op­tion for us other than to be suc­cess­ful at that time. There’s noth­ing like suc­cess when you’ve heard so many nos.”

JOSH TODD & THE CON­FLICT’S DE­BUT AL­BUM, YEAR OF THE TIGER, IS OUT NOW VIA CEN­TURY ME­DIA

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