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This is about the sometimes grotesque lifestyle of rock stars and their love lives (or lack thereof). The clichés of sex and Rock and Roll are a satire of the music common to the era. (thanks, Matt - Russell Springs, KY)
Along with "Run Like Hell
" and "Comfortably Numb," this is one of 3 songs on The Wall
that Dave Gilmour helped Roger Waters write. Waters wrote the others himself.
This has been covered by Bryan Adams, Roger Waters (separate from the band), and the Umphiles. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
In the Tim Morse book Classic Rock Stories, Roger Waters said that the song was about people who spend their time skipping classes hanging outside of dirty movies and looking at dirty magazines. (thanks, Mark - Cincinnati, OH)
The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.
Brad Smith of Blind Melon
The Blind Melon bassist/songwriter tells the story of "No Rain," which he wrote before the band was formed.
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.