In honor of Mike Posner‘s catchy new release, “Stuck in the Middle,” which was written by him and some other guy (you can look it up on Spotify or assume you know who I mean) – as well as his upcoming album set to be released in January – I thought I would share a little Mike story that a lot of my readers may not know.
Chances are that, whether or not you are a fan of the song, you have heard Maroon 5’s “Sugar” in the past few years, either on the radio or while you were out and about somewhere. The Grammy-nominated tune was nothing less than a mega-hit, and was one of my absolute favorites from the band’s fifth album, V. Like many listeners, you may assume this song was written by the band, or at least by Adam Levine. I found out otherwise about two and half years ago. While Levine did have some input, and the tune was written collaboratively before its final release, the majority of the lyrics came from none other than Michael Robert Henrion Posner.
Posner originally wrote “Sugar” with a producer/songwriter named Ammo, and planned to release it on his album, Pages. Somewhere between all of this, Adam Levine asked for the song – and Mikey originally said no. While he was (I assume) writing for and working with other artists at this point, it looks like there was just something he really liked about “Sugar” and the personal details included within its lyrics at the time. But eventually, Pages was (unfortunately) shelved, and MP agreed to give Levine & Company the rights to the song, and happily so.
While I think that Maroon 5 took “Sugar” in a bigger direction than Posner could have on his own, at least in 2014, there is still something to be said for his original version and its clever Posneresque lyricism. There are several videos of his version available on YouTube, but I’m gonna share this stripped-down Ninja Tour version for some reason. Maybe it’s something in the guitar accompaniment: