The Pussycat Dolls to Papa Don’t Preach

To the left is my cat which Joe Elliott met when he first came to visit me in ’83.  She inspired him to remake the beginning of the music video to Photograph.

I also used her in the lyrics for the song “Was” performed by Kenny Wayne Shepherd

I had a wandering eye
She was a better time
One twisted heart
A black cat’s walking by.

Joe Elliott’s Union Jack shirt he wore back then and Pyromania were used in the song lyrics for Blue On Black also performed by Kenny Wayne Shephard

Joker on Jack,  Match on a fire

Tom Cruise and I met in the summer of ’83 right as Risky Business was being released in the theaters.  It’s a long story how we met, so bare with me. 

As I have mentioned before, Def Leppard had been on tour with Billy Squier early in the year before embarking on the Rock Till You Drop Tour.  Squier had performed the song “Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives)” for the ’82 Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie soundtrack which starred Tom Cruise’s ’81 Taps movie co-star, Sean Penn.  Fast Times was the debut film of screenwriter/film producer and ex-husband of Nancy Wilson, Seattle bandmember of Heart, Cameron Crowe.  Crowe went on to make Jerry Maguire and Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise.  Basically, it’s all about who you know and Tom had his motives for wanting to meet me.  Getting involved in what they called their “Investment Club” Tom was able to have carte blanche over his career.

Before becoming a professional actor, Tom Cruise starred in his High School production of “Guys and Dolls”.  After meeting him I watched the ’55 movie starring Marlon Brando.  The inspiration for The Pussycat Dolls came from Vivian Blaine and the Goldwyn Girls dressed as pussycats performing the number Pet Me Poppa.

The song Pet Me Poppa inspired me to write the song Papa Don’t Preach released in ’86 performed by Madonna.  Does anyone know who Brian “Elliott” is who claims to have written the song?  The song was not actually about being pregnant, but about keeping the man I loved who wanted to marry me.  I was engaged at the age of 16 to a wonderful guy who wasn’t in the entertainment business.  Everyone I knew in the entertainment business tried and succeed in breaking us up. 

After writing many songs for my girl group, including Buttons, Wait A Minute, Don’t Cha, Bottle Pop, Beep, When I Grow Up, it was handed over to Antin who now takes credit as the founder. 

For Michael Jackson I wrote the controversial song “They Don’t Care About Us” using in the lyrics the song title from Guys and Dolls called “Sue Me”.  The song was meant as a montage of rhyming words as well as using song titles such as “Bad”, instead of “Beat It” it was beat me and “Sue Me”.   

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, sue me

Kurt Cobain followed suit in his now published journals by writing “Sue Me” across the top of a page. He also referenced Michael Jackson’s ’83 hit song “Beat It” in the Nirvana song Spank Thru.

The movie Vanilla Sky took it’s name for one of the artists I wrote a song for and gave him the stage name of Vanilla Ice and a character from Guys and Dolls named Sky.  I wrote several songs using “ice” in the lyrics and Val Kilmer’s character in Top Gun was named Iceman for this very same reason.

Hopefully now everyone will get the Sean Penn and Madonna connection.  Penn starred with Cruise in Taps and I wrote songs for Madonna.


About realamylee1234

Singer, Songwriter, Founder of Evanescence. Discovered by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard & a yet unknown Kurt Cobain May '83 at the age of 15. View all posts by realamylee1234

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