The history of the song "Only The Lonely" (1982) - The Motels
During the 1970s, The Motels were one of the most popular symbols of the new wave scene in Los Angeles. And if at that time the group kept changing its composition and earning a name for itself, then in the early 80s the guys were already conquering the Top charts of America and Australia!
Released in 1982, the chic All Four One became the group's third album. The disc received a lot of commendable criticism, in many respects due to the hit song "Only The Lonely".
The authorship of the song belongs entirely to vocalist Martha Davis. By the way: it is to her that The Motels owe their fame, because the girl differed from a number of singers in her soulful performance and vivid image ... But now it’s not about her.
In one of the interviews, Martha spoke about her creation as follows:
“... This song has developed as if by itself! Rather, it's about empty success ... It was born in my head when we were experiencing a rise, traveling the world ... And even driving around in limousines, I probably remained as sad as I was before fame ... I had a terrible relationship, and I'm still reeling from the death of my parents... I doubt anyone ever does that. The contradiction of these two worlds - "Only the lonely" lived ... bittersweet "
A few years before the release of All Four One, The Motels—underfunded—shared studio space with Go-Go's at The Masque, a bustling Los Angeles punk club.
In MTV's Ruled the World, Davis talks about those days:
“We used to rehearse together in the same room under the Pussycat Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, at a place called The Mask. They rehearsed in one part of the room and we in the other. First we signed the contract and they said, “We're going to move our equipment to your side of the room… maybe we'll get lucky and sign too! And so it happened…”