Piece Of Me 

One weekend in early September 2013, Joe, William and I were round my flat when Joe dared us each to write a punk song on the spot. This activity lasted a few minutes, and neither William nor I came up with anything of much cop (I think I tried to rip off Eddie Cochrane’s 1950s hit “Something Else”, which I knew the Sex Pistols had covered).

But Joe came up with this riff…which I in turn appropriated, and eventually, after a few days, turned into this. 

Rather than a punk song it sounds more like a 1960s R&B song by a London garage band. Maybe someone like the Yardbirds.

The title “Piece of Me” actually came from the phrase “Piece of Meat”. When we were doodling around the idea of a punk song – and true to the spirit of (some) punk – we were trying to be as offensive as possible by wailing “You’re just a Piece of Meat!” at each other. That became “Piece of Me”, and stopped being about each other and started being about an imagined lover.    

(Incidentally, that is often how song motifs and lyrics suggest themselves. I always start with a chord sequence and/or riff. Then I try to sing a melody over that riff – frequently by using stream-of-consciousness nonsense words. This song was born from the latter process!)

The song is ostensibly about sex. But more than that, the protagonist exhibits this over-the-top, almost adolescent enthusiasm for his lover. Or perhaps even an obsessive love.

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