'Song Doctor' to the rescue
Self professed 'Song Doctor', Eric Murray has told Channel Nine's Karl Stefanovic about his work with pop-stars Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. Murray, who has been associated with acts as diverse as Sonny and Cher, Racee and Nickleback, is on a national tour promoting his new book 'Making a Hit: Song Doctor to the Rescue'.
Murray describes how he entered the Luncheonette studios in Berkeley California at the request of Sony Records to work with Bieber and Sheeran on the song 'Love Yourself'.
"The boys were a bit in awe of me when I first arrived," said Murray. "I had already heard the song, and I put them at ease straight away by complimenting their 'almost rhyme' technique. I mean, it really is genius. There's only one true rhyme in the song - 'I feel nothin' at all' - which really draws your ear to it. Brilliant. The boys were almost speechless when I praised them about this. Then I showed them my ta moko sleeve and we were best mates."
Murray went on to say that his biggest contribution on the song was to insist that they change the title from 'Fuck Yourself'. "You know Sony weren't that happy with the name of the song," said Murray. "We played around with 'Blow Yourself' and 'Screw Yourself'. Ed was pretty keen on 'Shag Yourself' but Jussie didn't think it would translate. It got pretty tense until I came up with 'Love Yourself'. To be honest, it was a bit of a compromise, it doesn't scan that well, but that's what it takes to make a hit. Ed thought it was a bit wanky."
Mr Murray will visit Cairns next week on his tour. He will be signing books at QBD and conducting a free lecture at the Smithfield Cultural Centre on Friday 27th January at 8pm.