The producer also discussed some behind-the-scenes stories from 'A Star is Born' on Stern's show on Tuesday morning (Jan. 29).
Howard Stern has long proclaimed himself to be the "King of All Media," but after reaching the top in radio, TV, the big screen and the New York Times bestseller list, the SiriusXM satellite radio icon has one last medium he's eager to vanquish: the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After weeks of hype, Stern invited Oscar- and Grammy-nominated producer Mark Ronson into the studio on Tuesday morning (Jan. 29) to reveal the details of the surefire hit single the pair have been working on.
The unnamed track, written by longtime Stern show staffer Fred Norris, is slated to be recorded on Tuesday afternoon after Stern said Ronson put in "50 hours" of work on the song. "I'm yelling at Fred, because Fred's a good songwriter and I said, 'Fred, write me a hit song, get to work on something," Stern said about the origins of his follow-up to the 1997 Private Parts soundtrack rager "The Great American Nightmare," recorded with Rob Zombie, which continues to act as the lead-in track to his three-days-a-week satellite show.
"So he went home and took me seriously, wrote the song, sent it to me and I said, 'This sounds reasonable to me this song,' and I'm no singer and it sounds reasonable," Stern said, explaining that his goal was to record vocals similar to B-52s singer Fred Schneider's excited yelps on "Love Shack." "I could yell out some shit and have a hit song. I don't want to do much. We'll get a bunch of girls that can really sing." Hell, he said, such non-singers as Bruce Willis, Patrick Swayze, Eddie Murphy, Soupy Sales, Don Johnson, Steve Martin, Rick Dees and, yes, Cooper have hit songs, why shouldn't he?