Where the Streets Have No Name

The other day I had a conversation with Rick Hall, founder of FAME Recording & Publishing, about the 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals”.  I told him that I thought it was appropriate Bono made an appearance in the film considering U2’s ties to Alabama.

bonoChrisBlackwellJamaicaJan19952Rick kept repeating that Bono was a good man.  At the time, I agreed with him.  It is difficult for me though to separate the fact that Bono & U2 are signed to Island Records founded by the man who proclaimed me his enemy when I was a child.  It is also difficult for me to reconcile the fact that Bono and U2 go along with creating and repeating fake statements about the songs I wrote.

For the song “Where the Streets Have No Name”, Bono has said the following (from Propaganda 5, 1987): “Where the Streets Have No Name is more like the U2 of old than any of the other songs on the LP, because it’s a sketch – I was just trying to sketch a location, maybe a spiritual location, maybe a romantic location. I was trying to sketch a feeling. I often feel very claustrophobic in a city, a feeling of wanting to break out of that city and a feeling of wanting to go somewhere where the values of the city and the values of our society don’t hold you down. An interesting story that someone told me once is that in Belfast, by what street someone lives on you can tell not only their religion but tell how much money they’re making – literally by which side of the road they live on, because the further up the hill the more expensive the houses become. That said something to me, and so I started writing about a place where the streets have no name.”

the-street-with-no-nameThe truth about the song is it was inspired by the 1948 film title “The Street with No Name” which included the following message from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover:

The street on which crime flourishes is the street extending across America. It is the street with no name. Organized gangsterism is once again returning. If permitted to go unchecked three out of every four Americans will eventually become its victims. Wherever law and order break down there you will find public indifference. An alert and vigilant America will make for a secure America.

I not only was willing to use the film title because of what J. Edgar Hoover had to say, but also because actor Lloyd Nolan appeared in the film.  The connection for me was Birmingham, Alabama’s very own Lloyd Nolan Hospital which was founded by Virginia native Dr. Lloyd Nolan.

I don’t know about most people, but to me this indicates Bono and U2’s willingness to help coverup what happened to me and a grown man named Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, proclaiming a child his enemy because I refused to keep quiet about being raped.

Is Bono really a good man?  If so, he needs to prove it.

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Dear, Joe Elliott

Today I was having a conversation with someone who froze me out after I explained being discovered by the 24 year old Joe Elliott in 1983 and that he forced himself on me.  He posted a reply that it “wasn’t cool” to accuse someone of such a crime.

Got news for you and anyone else who might read this, it is not cool for a kidnapper and child molester to be protected by those in the entertainment industry and to escape justice.  Just because it was covered up and never reached the media, does not mean it did not happen.  During the time that Chris Blackwell of Island Records was working to keep Joe and others from being prosecuted, Def Leppard canceled many tour dates and it took them 4 years to release their next album of songs which I had already started writing as a 15 year old kid in 1983.

I will never keep quiet about being kidnapped, tortured, and threatened by those who protected him.

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Muscle Shoals Sound

muscle-shoalsMuch has been made in the last few years about the Muscle Shoals Sound and the pioneers of the music industry from Alabama.  These pioneers included Sam Phillips who was born just a short drive from Muscle Shoals in Florence, Alabama.  Sam founded Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee.  He is noted for having discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

rickhRick Hall settled in  Alabama and founded FAME Studios and is noted as the founder of the modern day “Muscle Shoals Sound”.  Rick cites Sam Phillips as a mentor.  Rick put together the original session musicians known as “The Swampers”.  During the Civil Rights Movements he chose to work with black artists.  A small list of artists who have recorded at FAME includes Wilson Pickett, James and Bobby Purify, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Etta James and Arthur Conley.

swampersThe Swampers (Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins Jimmy Johnson and David Hood) left Rick Hall’s Fame Studio to found the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. Artists who are noted as having recorded here includes CherThe Rolling Stones, Traffic, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Dr. Hook, Elkie Brooks, Millie Jackson, Julian Lennon and Glenn Frey.

This is where I came in May of 1983, after going to the police about being abused and kidnapped by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and an unknown Kurt Cobain from my home outside of Birmingham, Alabama.  Someone from Joe’s camp called one of the studios in Muscle Shoals for help and it was recommended they contact Chris Blackwell of Island Records.  Chris was no stranger to Muscle Shoals, having signed Steve Winwood’s band Traffic who toured with The Swampers and in 1971 Chris brought Jamaican artist Jimmy Cliff to record “Another Cycle” at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

It was after this that many recommended I use song titles by artists and bands who had recorded in Muscle Shoals.

RICK HALL

aching breaking heart

“ACHY BREAKY HEART” (Billy Ray Cyrus)

Rick was a musician and songwriter himself before founding FAME Recording & Publishing in Muscle Shoals.  He wrote the song “Aching Breaking Heart” recorded by George Jones.  With his blessing, I wrote the song “Achy Breaky Heart” which would be the biggest hit for Billy Ray Cyrus.

DAN PENN

Vernon, Alabama native, musician, and songwriter Dan Penn often worked with Rick Hall at FAME.  He co-wrote the song “I’m Your Puppet” with Spooner Oldham recorded by James & Bobby Purify in 1966 and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” for Aretha Franklin.

tommy-roe-everybody-hmv“EVERYBODY” (Madonna)

“NOBODY’S FOOL” (Cinderella)

“EVERYBODY’S FOOL” (Evanescence)

Penn wrote the song “Nobody’s Fool” (1972) which I first used the song title to write the song “Nobody’s Fool” recorded by the band I named Cinderella.

nobodysfool I took Penn’s song “Everybody” recorded by Tommy Roe and wrote the debut song recorded by Madonna.

It was soon after this I wrote the song “Everybody’s Fool” putting the two song titles together and would be recorded by the band I named Evanescence.

ARTHUR CONLEY

“SWEET SOUL SISTER” (The Cult)

sweet soul musicArthur Conley was an artist who recorded at Rick Hall’s FAME.  In 1967, he released the song “Sweet Soul Music” co-written by Otis Redding.  At the time I wrote “Sweet Soul Sister” inspired by Conley’s song title, I was learning about Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and other female artists who recorded in Muscle Shoals.

DOBBIE GRAY

dobie“ALL I WANT TO DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU” (Heart)

Dobie Gray worked with Rick Hall at Fame Recording Studios to record the song “All I Want to Do Is Make Love To You” (1979). I reworked the song while working on songs for Heart, which Mutt Lange who produced Def Leppard’s 1983 Pyromania album took credit for some of the songs I wrote. I also wrote “These Dreams”, “Alone”, “What About Love”, “Nothin’ at All”, and “Never” .

GEORGE JONES

dallas“CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE” (R.E.M.)

Not only did George Jones record in Muscle Shoals but recorded a complete album of Dallas Frazier cover songs (1968). As a teen, I loved the Oak Ridge Boys cover of Frazier’s song “Elvira” (1981). On the album of Frazier songs, Jones covered “I Can’t Get There From Here” which I borrowed the title to write the song for the band R.E.M. I wrote many songs recorded by R.E.M…including Radio Free Europe and Losing My Religion.

JERRY REED & BOZ SCAGGS

“THE BIRD & JUNGLE LOVE” (The Time)

jerry-reed-and-friends-the-bird-rca-2In 1982, Rick Hall produced songs for Jerry Reed, which included “The Bird”. In 1983, the song title was offered to me.

Jungle-Love400bThe song “Jungle Love” was a song title I borrowed from The Steve Miller Band (1977). Boz Scaggs became a vocalist for Steve Miller and in 1969 worked with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and session guitarist Duane Allman on his second solo album.

LINDA RONSTADT

In the 70’s, Linda Ronstadt came to Muscle Shoals to record.

“FALL TO PIECES” (Velvet Revolver)

Patsy_Cline_-_I_Fall_to_PiecesAs a teen, I wrote the song “Fall to Pieces” which was a song title I borrowed from Patsy Cline (written by Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard) of “I Fall to Pieces”.  In 1972, Linda Ronstadt covered the song for her 3rd solo album…along with Glen Frey and Don Henley who would go on form The Eagles…and Barry Beckett with members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.  Later, I would write songs that Glenn and Don would record.

cash i still miss someone“I STILL MISS SOMEONE (BLUE EYES)” (Stevie Nicks)

On the same 1972 Linda Ronstadt album in which she covered the Patsy Cline song “I Fall to Pieces” she also covered the Johnny Cash song “I Still Miss Someone”. I used the song title to write the song recorded by Stevie.

THE ROLLING STONES

“STRAY CAT STRUT” (Stray Cats)

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Before The Rolling Stones recorded part of their Sticky Fingers album in Muscle Shoals, in 1968 (the year I was born) they released their 8th album “Beggars Banquet” with the song “Stray Cat Blues”.  After I wrote “Strut” recorded by Sheena Easton, I wrote the song “Stray Cat Strut” recorded by the group I named the “Stray Cats”.

stupid girl“STUPID GIRL” (P!nk)

I always tried to stay away from the famous songs by certain artists, especially The Stones. In 1966, The Rolling Stones released the album “Aftermath” with the song “Stupid Girl”…which I used to write the song recorded by the artist I gave the stage name “P!nk”.

over now“OVER NOW” (Alice in Chains)

In 1964, The Rolling Stones released the album 12 x 5 of mostly cover songs. They covered Bobby & Shirley Womack’s song “It’s All Over Now”…which I used to write the song recorded by the band fronted by a friend of Kurt Cobain. This is also why Layne Staley chose the same day Kurt left the public life for him to leave the public life…April 5th…

hole down in“DOWN IN A HOLE” (Alice in Chains)

In 1980, The Rolling Stones released the album “Emotional Rescue” with the song “Down in the Hole”…and I used the song title to write the song “Down in a Hole”…during the time Kurt named the band “Hole”.

honky tonk“HONKY TONK BADONKADONK” (Trace Adkins)

Years after writing silly songs such as “Fat Bottom Girls” for Queen, “Baby’s Got Back” for Sir Mix-A-Lot …I wrote the song Honky Tonk Badonkadonk inspired by The Rolling Stones 1969 single “Honky Tonk Women”.

GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND

geno“CHERRY POPPIN’ DADDIES” (Zuit Suit Riot)

The English soul band Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band recorded Rick Hall & Dan Penn’s song “You Left The Water Running”.  In 1967, the band released the album “Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger-Poppin’ Daddies!” which inspired me to name the group “Cherry Poppin’ Daddies” to record my song “Zuit Suit Riot” in 1997.  This was years after working with the Stray Cats would recorded my songs.

TRAFFIC

traffic-paper-sun-1967-12“PAPER SUN” (Def Leppard)

In 1972, Steve Winwood’s band Traffic who was signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records (the man who proclaimed me his enemy when I was 15) recorded their album “Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory” with members of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios who also toured with the band. Before Traffic’s first album was finished (1967), Island Records released the song “Paper Sun”…which I used the title to write the song “Paper Sun” for Def Leppard.

ZZ HILL

zz hillThe band name “ZZ TOP” came from Texas native ZZ Hill who in 1971 came to Muscle Shoals, resulting in several R&B hits including “Chokin’ Kind” and “It Ain’t No Use”, as well as the LP The Brand New Z. Z. Hill.  This is also where the stage name “Dusty Hill” came from.  It was my suggestion the band members grow beards.

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Island Records

blackwellChris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and the man who proclaimed me his enemy when I was 15, named the record label for the  Harry Belafonte song “Island in the Sun” which was the title song for the 1957 film. Island_in_the_Sun_1957The film, “Island in the Sun” was directed by Robert Rossen.  One of Rossen’s better known films is the The Hustler (1961) starring Paul Newman. While I was working on other projects, Tom Cruise decided he wanted to make a remake loosely based on “The Hustler” which was newly titled The Color of Money (1986).

JAMES PATTERSON

James Patterson (pen name) – The last film Robert Rossen wrote and directed was the 1964 film Lilith based on a novel by J. R. Salamanca.  The film had many big stars such as Warren Beatty, Peter Fonda, and Gene Hackman. The film also starred actor James Patterson as Dr. Lavrier.  Patterson had appeared in the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, episodes of the tv shows Flipper, The Big Valley, Hawaii Five-O, Bonanza, Felony Squad, and two episodes of Mission Impossible.  The latter of which one reason Tom Cruise wanted to the Mission Impossible film series. The real James Patterson died in 1972.

ALEX CROSS

Fury_posterThe real Alex Cross that I named my character for was the actor Alexander Augustine Cross from Monmouthshire, Wales.  He appeared in Fritz Lang’s 1936 film “Fury” (aka Furie) along with Bruce Cabot who made his last screen appearance in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever with Sean Connery

cool worldCOOL WORLD (1992)

Robert Rossen also wrote the 1960 play “The Cool World” (it was made into a film 1962) which I used the title to come up with a vehicle for Brad Pitt.  Script ideas for the 1992 live-action/animated film “Cool World” comes from the 1946 film “A Matter of Life and Death” (working title Stairway to Heaven) starring Roger Moore’s friend David Niven.

Alexander_great_posterALEXANDER THE GREAT (2004)

Robert Rossen wrote, produced and directed the 1956 film “Alexander the Great”.  In the 1990’s, I read the 1972 novel “The Persian Boy” by Mary Renault and wanted to make a film about Alexander the Great based on the novel.  Unfortunately, the estate of Renault would not give permission to use her novel, but the 2004 film is loosely based on it.

LOLITA

LolitaPoster“Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov” – Don’t Stand So Close to Me recorded by The Police

James Mason starred in the 1957 film “Island in the Sun”.  He is probably best known for appearing in the 1962 adaption of Vladimir Nabokov novel Lolita. After Joe Elliott of Def Leppard stalked, drugged, raped and kidnapped me and then Chris Blackwell of Island Records was called in to keep it quiet, I started using references to Lolita in my work.  I didn’t identify with the spoiled and overtly-sexualized Lolita character, but could draw a correlation between the character Humbert Humbert portrayed by James Mason and Joe Elliott.Crushposter93 This lead to me writing the song  “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” recorded by The Police. It also lead to me working on script ideas for the 1992 film Poison Ivy starring Drew Barrymore and the 1993 film The Crush starring Alicia SilverstoneFor “The Crush” I named the character Nick Eliot for Joe Elliott and named a character for myself.

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Terence Young

terence_mainTerence Young is best known for being the director of the first three James Bond films, Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965).

I was given a list of his work to use and come up with new film ideas, television shows, and to write new songs.  With the list of his work, I was also given a list of the actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, etc. to work from.

RASPBERRY BERET – PRINCE

red beretThe Red Beret (1953) – My prerogative to change, and wrote the song “Raspberry Beret” recorded by Prince.

COLIN JAMES FARRELL

“Colin James Farrell” stage name – The Red Beret starred actor Alan Ladd who appeared in the 1939 film Rulers of the Sea, in which he played a character named “Colin Farrell.”  The Irish actor who uses the name also uses the first name of Ian Fleming’s James Bond character for his middle name.  It was my idea for the Irish actor to read Ian Fleming’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” in the remake of my film “Total Recall”.

WHEN DOVES CRY – PRINCE

when-wolves-cryL’Arbre de Noel (US: The Christmas Tree aka When Wolves Cry) (1969) – Again my prerogative to change, and came up with “When Doves Cry” recorded by Prince.

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS (1989) & HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KIDS (1992)

A Child’s Guide to Blowing Up a Motor Car (1965 tv short) – Terence appeared in the tv short as himself.  I came up with the ideas for the 1989 film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and 1992 sequel “Honey, I Blew Up the Kids”.

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Pinewood Studios – Home of the James Bond films

To begin with, I was given a list of films and television show titles filmed at Pinewood Studios in England, home of the James Bond films, to use and come up with original script ideas for films or television shows to be released in the US.  In some instances, I used the film or tv show titles to write a song.  This is not a complete list…

LET”S DANCE – DAVID BOWIE

the_red_shoes_1948_movie_posterThe Red Shoes” (1947) – I first used the film title in the lyrics of the song “Let’s Dance” recorded by David Bowie (1983).  “Let’s Dance” (1950) was also a film title starring “Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire“.  I later used “The Red Shoes” to come up with ideas for Red Shoe Diaries (1992) for Showtime.

OBSESSION – ANIMOTION

Obsession_(The_Hidden_Room)_posterObsession” (1947) – This was a film released in the US as “The Hidden Room” – I used the British title to write the song “Obsession”  recorded by Animotion (1983).  A version of the song would be used in the theatrical trailer for 1986 film 9½ Weeks which I worked on the script.

“THE NET” (1995)

  • ThenetThe Net” (1952) – Working with Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, of Apple Computers, and Bill Gates, on ideas for the World Wide Web and computers influenced me at times.  One of the first films scripts I came up with, War Games (1983), happened while working with The Woz.  It eventually lead to me working on ideas using the 1952 British film title for the 1995 starring Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam and Dennis Miller of the same title.

PURPLE RAIN – PRINCE

The_Purple_PlainThe Purple Plain (1954) – Robert Parrish, who directed The Purple Plain with Gregory Peck also directed the 1967 adaption of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.  The film, also starred Bernard Lee who is known for portraying “M” in the James Bond films.  I changed the film title just a bit, which is my prerogative, and wrote the song “Purple Rain” recorded by Prince (1984).

Designing Women (1957) – The Purple Plain starred Gregory Peck, who in 1957 starred in the film “Designing Women” which I used the title to come up with original ideas for the television show launched in 1986.

Cape Fear (1961) – Peck appeared in the 1961 film as Sam Bowden.  He would also appear in the 1991 remake as Lee Heller which I also worked on script ideas with Robert De Niro.

The Day of the Jackal (1973) – Actor Maurice Denham, who appeared in The Purple Plain, also appeared in the The Net and in the 1973 film “The Day of the Jackal” based on Frederick Forsyth’s novel.   I worked on the script ideas for the loosely based film The Jackal (1997).

Hysteria (1965) – Actor Maurice Denham, also appeared in the film Hysteria which was used to write the title song Hysteria recorded by Def Leppard (1987).

The Nanny (1965) – Actor Maurice Denham, also appeared in the 1965 film “The Nanny” which I not only used as part of the inspiration of the song “Fat Bottom Girls” recorded by Queen, but also to come up with ideas for the The Nanny tv show which launched in 1993.

SundaybloodysundaySunday Bloody Sunday (1971) – Most people do not realize that Sunday Bloody Sunday is actually a film title, which Maurice Denham appeared in, and I used the title to write the song Sunday Bloody Sunday recorded by U2.  Before this, Bloody Sunday (1965), was the violent suppression of a March 7, 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama by state and local law enforcement.  What happened in 1972 in Ireland is known as the Bogside Massacre, but after I wrote the song the government changed the name.

Shout at the Devil (1976) – Roger Moore starred in Shout at the Devil along with actor Maurice Denham.  I used the film title to write the title song Shout at the Devil recorded by Mötley Crüe.

The Chain (1984) – Maurice Denham was filming The Chain when I wrote the song  “The Chain” recorded by Fleetwood Mac using the film title.  Other songs I wrote and released on the album Rumours includes, “Go Your Own Way“, “Dreams“, “Don’t Stop“, “You Make Loving Fun”  and Gold Dust Woman.

THE LION KING (1994)

SimbaSimba” (1955) – Actor Earl Cameron had portrayed Quarrel in the James Bond film Dr. No (1962) also starred in the film Simba.  Working with Michael Jackson, we came up with ideas for 1994 animated film “The Lion King” with the film centering around the life of a young lion we named “Simba”.

LOST (2004-2010)

Lost (also called Tears for Simon) (1956) – I used the film title to come up with ideas for the television show which aired in 2004 to 2010.  It was great influenced by having worked on ideas for Jurassic Park film series and the reality tv series “Survivor” with Bob Geldof.

TITANIC (1997)

A_Night_to_Remember_(film_poster)A Night to Remember (1957) – The 1957 British film recounting the final night of the RMS TitanicSean Connery would be uncredited as Steerage Passenger.  This lead to the making of the 1997 film Titanic attributed to the man I gave the stage name James Cameron for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character and actor Earl Cameron who appeared in Simba as well as Dr. No.

SQUARE PEGS (1983)

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  • The Square Peg (1958) – The title was used to come up with the short lived kids tv show “Square Pegs” featuring a young Sarah Jessica Parker.

YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG – AC/DC

All_Night_Long_FilmPosterAll Night Long (1961) – This was a film title I often used writing songs.  This includes for “You Shook Me All Night Long” recorded by the Australian band AC/DC and “All Night” recorded by Def Leppard.

1999 – PRINCE

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Space: 1999 (1974) – I used only part of the title for the little known British tv show to write song “1999” recorded by Prince.

KRYPTONITE – 3 DOORS DOWN

Superman_ver1Superman (1977) – Pinewood studios is not only considered home of the James Bond film series, but the Superman film series.  I often used references to Superman in songs, this includes writing “Bicycle Race” recorded by Queen, “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” recorded by Spin Doctors, “Superman’s Song” recorded by the Crash Test Dummies, and “Kryptonite” recorded by 3 Doors Down after I heard about Chistopher Reeve’s accident in 1995 that left him a quadriplegic.

I also worked on ideas for the 1984 spin-off Supergirl and the 1993 television show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

THE CLASH (Band)

Clash_of_the_titansposterClash Of The Titans (1979) – I used the name of the film to name the British band “The Clash” fronted by Joe Strummer.

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Chris Blackwell of Island Records

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When I met Chris in May of 1983, he was no stranger to Alabama. In 1971, he brought Jimmy Cliff to record in Muscle Shoals. Several cuts, including “Sitting in Limbo,” ended up on the soundtrack of the cult reggae film, “The Harder They Come.” He booked the studio and brought Steve Winwood’s band Traffic to Muscle Shoals to record as well.  Both artists were signed to Island Records.

Steve Winwood’s brother, “Muff”, also worked for Island Records and produced the first Dire Straits album.

In 1977, Chris founded Compass Point Studio, Nassau, Bahamas. Labor Day weekend I was off to Nassau and missed the first day of high school.

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