Archive for Undercover Angel

30 Days Out Exclusive Interview: Alan O’Day, Pt. 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 26, 2008 by 30daysout

Singer/songwriter Alan O’Day and I struck up a bit of an e-mail friendship after I make a wise crack (all in fun) about his smash hit “Undercover Angel” in a post a few months ago. Well, it turns out he’s a very good sport and he’s still making music. He was nice enough to answer a few questions for us about his latest release I Hear Voices.

 

Continue reading

Gotcha! Alan O’Day strikes back

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 16, 2008 by 30daysout

Sometimes when you send stuff out on the web you never know what is going to bounce back. I had made reference to the song “Undercover Angel” last week in a post about my experience at a 1977 ZZ Top concert. The term I used was “Great then, deadly now.”

 

Well, about an hour after it went online, a comment was posted that read “Personally, I still find “Undercover Angel” quite lively. Thanks for remembering, AO.” The “AO” is Alan O’Day, the man who wrote and performed the No. 1 hit. He was good sport about the whole thing and agreed to answer a few questions for us about what he’s been doing since hitting the top of the charts back in 1977:

 

30 Days Out: What was your biggest hit?

AO: “Undercover Angel” was my biggest hit as an artist/writer, but I also wrote “Angie Baby”, a No. 1 song for Helen Reddy, and co-wrote “Rock’n’Roll Heaven” which was top 3 for the Righteous Brothers.  I’ve also written & produced for Disney, National Geographic, and even Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies.  So I’m a writer first, and an artist second, I guess.

30 Days Out: What was the inspiration, if there was one, for “Undercover Angel?”

AO: On one level it was a sexual/spiritual fantasy song (although it was NOT about masturbation, as some people claimed), on another level it was a carefully crafted attempt to create a hit song.  On yet another level it was a positive message to go out & find your dream lover.  BTW, it was also banned in Peoria!

30 Days Out: What are you doing now?

AO: My wife & I are living a contented, grateful life in Los Angeles, and I’m traveling often to Nashville where I’m writing, co-writing, recording a new CD, and occasionally performing.  In LA I also provide tutoring for beginning songwriters on a limited basis.

30 Days Out: Are your albums/singles available on iTunes or some other digital venue?

AO: I’m excited that I may be able to make my albums from the ’70’s available digitally by the end of this year, as well as releasing my new CD.  Meanwhile I have a song on an album that’s currently doing very well in Japan, a co-write with Japanese superstar Tatsuro Yamashita.  And I get e-mails from fans of my music all around the world, which make my life pretty awesome.

 

 

Alan O’Day official website

 

Purchase Alan O’Day at CD Baby

 

 

 

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53 other followers