“Who will be the king and queen of the outcast teens? – Kurt Cobain
The British rock band Queen had a lot of influence on me in my everyday life as well as while writing songs. It was a love of their songs which inspired me to want to write songs for them. While watching a sneak peak of Top Gun before it’s release in ’86, I was inspired by the song Danger Zone performed by Kenny Login’s to write the song One Vision released by Queen in November ’85.
The title and lyrically it was inspired by the first song Michael Hutchence and INXS performed for me in Jun ’83, The One Thing, from their ’82 Shabooh Shoobah album. INXS also let me see the videos from some of their other performances. In Melbourne a fan’s t-shirt caught my attention. It was the symbol for yin and yang. Feeling completely ignorant, sheltered, of other religions or beliefs from around the world I made it something of a project to learn more. I also took an interest in Buddhism. I realized the song would be controversial but what I felt is that the main message of any religion should be that of peace and love.
In ’74 Queen released a song named White Queen (as it began), and I learned of the ’79 raid on the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise’s proclaimed religion, called Operation Snow White. These were inspirations for me to make up the song Snow White Queen performed by Evanescence.
Lyrically I was inspired by Billy Squier.
Stoplight, lock the door.
Don’t look back.
Undress in the dark,
And hide from you,
All of you.
Stoplight is from Billy Squier’s Lonely Is The Night, “Red lights, green lights, stop and go jive“, which I also used in lyrics for Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar On Me “Listen! red light, yellow light, green-a-light go”
I also used Billy Squier’s “In The Dark” in the lyrics for Snow White Queen.