Melissa Etheridge's reveals the secrets of new album One Way Out

Melissa Etheridge
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Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has released a video that details some of the work that went into her new album One Way Out. The album is a collection of previously unreleased songs written in the late 80s and early 90s, now freshly recorded with members of her original band. 

In the video, Etheridge talks about the ease with which she re-connected with drummer Fritz Lewak and bassist Kevin McCormick, and reveals why some of the songs were never released at the time they were written.  

Talking about Wild, Wild, Wild, Etheridge says, "I remember thinking it was too simple,  too sexual, at the time. This was before I came out. I was always conscious if my songs were a little too female-orientated. It was a crazy line I was walking. 

"I wanted to be truthful in what I was going through and write what I felt, but this song I felt was a little too raw for me. So I just pushed it aside and went on with my album."     

Elsewhere in the video, Etheridge delves into the meaning of two other old songs re-recorded for One Way Out, I’m No Angel Myself - an "incredibly autobiographical song", she says - and For The Last Time.

Melissa Etheridge reveals the Soundtrack Of Her Life in the new edition of Classic Rock, which is on sale now. One Way Out is available on digital platforms from tomorrow, with a physical release due on October 1

Melissa Etheridge: One Way Out tracklist

One Way Out
As Cool As You Try
I’m No Angel Myself
For The Last Time
Save Myself
That Would Be Me
Wild Wild Wild
You Have No Idea (Live)*
Life Goes On (Live)*

*Recorded at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 2002

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.