“I am the last barman poet. I see America drinking the fabulous cocktails I make. Americans getting stinky on something I stir or shake. The sex on the beach, the schnapps made from peach, the velvet hammer, the Alabama slammer...” – Tom Cruise in 1988 Cocktail
The “poem” alludes to “you’ve got the peaches” used in the lyrics for Pour Some Sugar On Me which I co-wrote with Joe Elliott. I also used “peach and black” in the lyrics for U Got The Look performed by Prince & Sheila E. The rest is taken from the University of Alabama college football cheer “Rammer jammer, yellowhammer, give’em hell Alabama.”
Tom and I were discussing the plot for the movie, before the script was written. He asked what I would name the bar and off the top of my head said, “Cocktails & Dreams”.
There are only a few people who really know how proud I have been to watch Tom’s career over the years and he made me feel a part of it. It’s not something I talk about, except in letting his career inspire me when coming up with new songs. One such song happen to be “Raise Your Glass” performed by Pink.
“Right, right, turn off the lights
We’re gonna lose our minds tonight
What’s the dealio?
I love when it’s all too much
5 a.m. turn the radio up
Where’s the rock ‘n roll?”
“5 a.m” was a reference to Alarm Clock used in the lyrics for Imaginary performed by Evanescence and Tik Tok performed by Ke$ha. This also lead into naming Nikki Sixx’s band Sixx A.M.
Even lines in the movie inspired verses in Raise Your Glass. Bryan Brown as Doug: “When you see the color of their panties, you know you’ve got talent. Stick with me son and I’ll make you a star.”
“Party crasher, panty snatcher
Call me up if you’re a gangsta
Don’t be fancy, just get dancy
Why so serious?”
The drink “Alabama Slammer” inspired the next line:
“Slam, slam, oh hot damn
What part of a party don’t you understand?”