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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)
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Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.