Ann Wilson Shares Why Heart Decided Not To Perform Mutt Lange’s Hit Song
Heart’s Ann Wilson recently spoke about the songwriter of their hit song ‘All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You,’ Mutt Lange. She revealed why they stopped performing it and admitted that the lyrics gross her out.
‘All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You’ was Heart’s lead single from their 1990 album, ‘Brigade.’ The song was written and composed by Mutt Lange, and it became a massive hit at the time. The fans loved it and demanded it at every show, and it became a signature song throughout the band’s career.
The storyline in the song depicts a woman who falls for a hitchhiker, takes him to a motel to impregnate her, and then leaves him for the man she actually loves, who is infertile. The story objectifies men, similar to how men usually objectify women. As a plot twist, this song was initially written for a male vocalist to sing, and therefore the lyrics had to be adapted when Heart took it from Lange.
It was said that the song was initially written for Don Henley to sing, but Heart was more under pressure, so they took it. Even though it’s loved and not widely criticized, the band members hated the song. Ann Wilson stated that she had nothing against Lange and stressed he’s a great hit writer. However, after years of singing it, Wilson admitted that she didn’t like being the objectifier. Especially as a woman who suffers from objectification, singing the song was uncomfortable and gross instead of ‘sexy’ and ‘funny.’
Here is what Ann Wilson said about the song:
“I have no quarrel with Mutt Lange either. I think he’s a really talented guy when it comes to writing pop songs and hits and stuff. He knows the formula, and he’s good at it. The problem that I had, and well, to be honest, we did do that song for years. We played that song in our set forever. Finally, I just got done with it. You have to understand that that song was initially written for a man to sing, and we flipped the gender around so that I could sing it convincingly.
As a woman, who struggles against the objectification of women in society, I found that that song with the gender flip totally objectified men. I just didn’t like the feeling of being an objectifier. It was really cold and hard. To me, it wasn’t sexy, and it wasn’t funny. It was just gross. That’s nothing against Mutt. He didn’t write the song for a woman.”
You can watch the full interview and listen to the song below.