At fifteen, I used the techniques Joe Elliott of Def Leppard taught me of taking songs I knew to draw upon for writing songs. For “…Baby One More Time” performed by Britney Spears I was inspired by Pat Benatar’s 1980 hit song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. Lyrically the song was inspired by Billy Squier’s “Lonely is the Night”, Shawn Cassidy’s ’78 cover of “Do You Believe in Magic”, and Roberta Flack’s 1979 cover of “Killing Me Softly”. There are references to Prince, the song “The Beautiful Ones, and the funk ensemble The Time.
The pseudonym Max Martin was devised with Max being one of the nicknames I gave Michael Hutchence of INXS for the Australian movie Mad Max. Later Hutch would name his side project Max Q.
The album “…Baby One More Time” would be released 16 years after written on my birthday, January 12, 1999.
“Cobain can you hear the Spears singin’ songs off station to station” – Californication performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
I chose the 2009 album title “Circus” which includes the single “If You Seek Amy” for Def Leppard’s 1987 song “Animal” with the music video taking place at a circus as well as it being in the lyrics.