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Michael Des Barres - "Obsession"In addition to his 100+ film and TV roles, Michael co-wrote the '80s hit "Obsession." He remains obsessive, but it's no longer over heroin. Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once. Tom Gray - "Money Changes Everything"Produced by Steve Lillywhite, "Money Changes Everything" was supposed to be the breakout hit for Tom's band The Brains. Then money changed everything. Ruthann Friedman - "Windy"The #1 hit for The Association was written by a young singer/songwriter living at David Crosby's house. She only recently ascertained what the song is really about. Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later. Dave Alvin - "4th Of July"When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice. Julie Gold - "From A Distance"Julie was a secretary at HBO when she thawed out her childhood piano (literally) and wrote the hit that changed her life. Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine""How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice. Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really. Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress." Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune""Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always the encore.