Kerrang! Magazine – Issue 90 | 1985
Kerrang!: Has having Phil Collen involved from the start on this album made things different in any way?
JOE ELLIOTT: “Yeah, it means that the song-writing has changed a little; Phil’s input is better than Pete’s ever was. Steve will always be the major songwriter, I think, but he’s really encouraged Phil a lot. He doesn’t just sit down and say ‘I want to write all the songs’, stuff like that. In fact everything that Steve’s written, he’s written with Phil in the same room… Phil’s probably involved in eight of the 10 songs on the album.”
Kerrang!: And what about Sav? He writes too, doesn’t he?
JOE: “Yeah, but Sav’s weird; I can’t get to grips with him sometimes. More than anyone else in this band he likes your Journeys, and your Bryan Adams, occasionally even the odd Duran Duran song, yet he was the one who came up with ‘Stagefright’ and ‘No No No’. And on this new album he’s got a number called ‘Ring of Fire’ – not a cover of the famous Johnny Cash song! – which is an up-tempo, thrash crash metal job. He never writes like the people he listens to…”
Kerrang!: …have you [Joe] written anything on the new record [Hysteria]?
JOE: “Er… I did come up with some stuff but I don’t think it got used. I wrote little bits on the last album [Pyromania], but my main worry is obviously melodies, lyrics and vocals….”