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The first single Jon cowrote and co-produced was called "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)", and much to everyone's shock, it flew up the charts. It hit #3 in the UK in 1986, and #4 in the US in 1987. Suddenly, an album had to be made.
"Hey, I'm a writer," I naively told Jon. "I can write song lyrics, too!"
A great song is excruciatingly difficult to make sound effortless and eminently hummable it needs that special kind of instant hook - especially when you don't have a clue what to do. I sat with a rhyming dictionary and basically drove myself crazy trying to be simple, hampered because I can't sing a note so I didn't understand how lyrics have to scan properly - in other words, be singable. Words that might scan well in a book or in a poem won't necessarily sound good when sung.
Nevertheless, I muddled on and came up with the lyrics for "I'm All You Need" on Sam's first album, Touch Me, and "I Surrender (to the Spirit of the Night)" on the second, Samantha Fox. "I Surrender" was the second single and the B-side to Full Force's song for Sam, "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)," which was a big hit. I remember being shocked while on assignment in Hong Kong, and hearing my earth-shattering words of wisdom - "The darkness is my lover, and nights of pleasure..." - on the radio.
So, now, I have my gold record framed and hanging in a proud place of glory in the guest bathroom, along with many of my other treasured rock'n'roll photos. Sam is still making music, and is as adorable as ever.
And that was the beginning and end of my songwriting career.
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