I bought the master for "Wild in the Streets" from Atlantic because I loved the song and wished they had handled the record better. They had the opportunity to have a hit--it was a hit in certain territories but never got the support it really needed. It was recorded in '73. People think it came out in '77, when Ghost Writer came out. I was inspired to write the song that summer after reading about a murder in the Bronx--two boys, twelve and thirteen, threw a girl off a roof.
When I first met the Rumour, they told me they were influenced by my first solo album as well as "Wild in the Streets." It got around, it got to London. The Clash loved it, and I gave them a copy of the original Atlantic recording when we first met. It's nice to know that it had that kind of impact. When I played Hamburg for the first time, in 1979, they knew all the songs from Ghost Writer. It was a surprise to me! When I first played Japan, I thought, "What's going to happen here?" But they knew the songs.
All the Best,