Saving Abel’s single “Addicted,” a frank depiction of a sexually combustive relationship, has been one of 2008’s longest-running hits, helping to boost sales of the band’s debut album, Saving Abel. In less than four years, the Mississippi quintet, led by singer Jared Weeks, have gone from relative nobodies to a relentless touring machine. Calling from a tour stop in Cleveland with Puddle of Mudd, Weeks discusses the inspiration for “Addicted,” the state of his love life and his secret to surviving on the road.
When I listen to the album, I think, “These guys have had more than their share of romantic problems.” Are these lyrics based on real experience?
When we were writing the album, [guitarist] Jason [Null] and I basically just wanted to sing about stuff that we knew people had been through and could relate to. Now, the only song that’s actually written about a specific situation was about a girl I was dating at the time, and we’re no longer together. We keep it broad. We like to write about what we think anybody anywhere from the age of 16 to 60 could go through – which I know is really weird considering “Addicted” is the single. [laughs] [That song is] pretty blunt. But we couldn’t get rid of that song – it was too good of a song and had too good of a hook. The good thing about it now is that the album has been out since March and people are coming to the shows and singing the words to these other songs. You know something’s going right when that happens.
So the song about a specific girl was “Addicted?”
It was right when I first started dating this chick. I used to date her in high school – we were, like, high school sweethearts. But it had been 10 years since we’d seen each other, and we started dating again. I was working my 9-to-5 job – or, actually, it was like 4 a.m.-to-2 p.m. job. [laughs] I used to work at a hospital, and one day [“Addicted”] just hit me. I walked by the nurse’s station, and I wrote it down on a little prescription pad and stuck it in my pocket. About three months later, we had the song finished and, dude, we were just amazed. We were like, “Alright, we’re keeping this one!”
Did the song cause any problem with the girl?
Well, we were still together at the time. We dated for about two-and-a-half years. We’ve been broke up for probably eight months now. But it’s all good. [laughs] She didn’t really like my job, being gone so long. But I told her, “Y’know, Daddy gotta work.”
Is that a worry when you’re dating a new girl? Does she get concerned she’ll end up in a song?
It’s always a concern, man. But most of these guys got their girlfriends in their hometown – that’s one thing I am fortunate not to have to worry about. I’m single, I’m out here, I’m doing the damn thing. And I’ve dated since then – I recently broke up with Angelina Love from Spike TV TNA Wrestling. [laughs] It’s just one of those things – I’m going to be busy for the next year and a half of my life.
Yeah, this is probably not a time to be thinking about settling down.
Yeah! You know, I’m 25 years old – I want to get a career going. I just want my priorities straight.