There was once this band out of Akron, Ohio, who found they wanted to change their sound.
And - while in Los Angeles - they heard that new sound in a kid visiting from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The band went on to write their biggest hit.
But their record company couldn't hear "Whip It" immediately - they rallied around a song called "Girl U Want" and pushed it HARD - but it still flopped. And they blamed the band.
The band didn't know why. DEVO co-founding member, Gerald Casale, recently said:
"I love that song. I guess If Axl Rose covered it, it would have been a No. 1 hit."
Why am I telling you this? Because I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and just happened to work for a radio station.
While there, I also heard someone from Minneapolis, Minnesota who inspired me to explore music further.
And, once I did, wouldn't you know comparisons started being made to Axl Rose?
I just want to tell DEVO to blame their record company: despite the fans loving it, using "Girl U Want" as the middle eighth to one of my songs didn't do shit for my career, either.