STORY BEHIND THE SONG... I GOT MEXICO
Eddy Raven admits that a busted relationship was at the heart of this No. 1 hit from 1984. But it wasn't the typical male-female breakup. Instead, Eddy - with an assist from tunesmith Frank Myers - fired off the song after splitting from his record label and his management.
"I was disgusted with a lot of things," says Eddy. "I had a manager who didn't seem to care, and I also had a booking agent that I didn't like very much."
Eddy recalls the straw that finally broke the camel's back and sent him packing. "The agent booked me into a club, and when we got there it looked like the club was still being built!" says Eddy.
"I found out that the show had been cancelled three weeks ago. This agent never bothered to tell me. I called my manager and said I'd had enough and I also told my record label that I wanted out."
Eddy made it a clean sweep, leaving the agent, manager and record company. "I felt like just wanting to get away from it all," says Eddy. "I actually thought about taking a trip to Mexico, which I had always looked at as a place to escape to. So out of frustration, I started writing about that."
A few months passed and one day Eddy was rummaging through some tapes, coming across one that included the opening verses and melody to "I Got Mexico." Frank Myers, Eddy's lead guitar player and frequent co-writer, dropped by and the two polished off the rest of the tune.
"We would each add something and mess with the melody a little," says Frank. "The twist of 'he's got you ... I've got Mexico,' was totally Eddy's idea."
By 1984, Eddy had regrouped with a new record label. The first song he cut for the label was "I Got Mexico."
"The day we recorded it," recalls Eddy with a smile, "these two friends of mine told me that this was going to be my first big record. I felt that we had a good song, but I didn't know how far it would go."
In June of 1984, "I Got Mexico" raced all the way to the top. It became Eddy's first No. 1 record, just as his friends predicted.
"It turned out to be a pretty good escape song," laughs Eddy. "People can definitely relate to it."
-- Bob Paxman