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After his 1996 album Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z veered into a more mainstream sound with his sophomore album In My Lifetime Vol 1. On this song, he hints that the move was a good one financially, as he raps: "I dumbed down my audience and doubled my dollars." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash
The Wishbone Ash guitarist on how touring with The Who inspired one of their most enduring songs, and why they moved to America at the peak of their powers.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Cy Curnin of The Fixx
The man who brought us "Red Skies" and "Saved By Zero" is now an organic farmer in France.