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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)
Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose
. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."
Mike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry
In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.
This mysterious and wildly eclectic singer/songwriter talks about some of his most memorable songs and collaborations.