Title: Unveiling the Truth Behind Dokken’s Hit Songs: George Lynch Sets the Record Straight In a recent episode of the 80’s Glam Metalcast, former Dokken guitarist George Lynch took the opportunity to debunk Don Dokken’s claim of being the primary songwriter for the majority of their career-defining hits. Lynch candidly dismissed Don’s assertions, labeling them as ‘bullshit’ and shedding light on the actual creative forces behind the band’s success.
Lynch, along with Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown, were revealed by the guitarist to be the primary architects behind Dokken’s chart-topping hits. Despite Don Dokken’s repeated insistence that he wrote the lion’s share of their material, Lynch contested this narrative:
“Jeff, Mick, and I wrote almost everything. There was a point where the manager… This is always a thing with Don. He goes off about how he wrote everything. That’s bullshit. Jeff and I, and Don and Jeff wrote some things, and Don wrote a thing, something on his own here and there, and important songs, but the bulk of the material was written by Jeff and I, and that’s just the truth.”
Injecting humor into the revelation, Lynch playfully claimed to draw inspiration for his lyrics from an unconventional source: “And even the lyrics and the melodies and the titles were… Jeff and I joke all the time. There was a thing called the TV Guide, and I would get all my titles, and the lyrics, obviously, flowed from the titles, from TV Guide.”
Lynch clarified the dynamics of their collaboration and emphasized that Don Dokken’s success was not solely attributable to his songwriting contributions:
“So you look and see a lot of those early records, they were either reworked Xciter [George’s pre-Dokken band] songs or new stuff that Jeff and I wrote — sometimes with Mick’s help — and then we’d end up with Don too; we’d collaborate with Don at the end of the process. But for 90 percent of the material, that was the case. And these titles were out of the TV Guide — they were movies.”
This candid revelation from George Lynch provides fans with a fresh perspective on the true creative forces driving Dokken’s success, challenging the widely accepted narrative surrounding Don Dokken’s songwriting contributions.