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Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart wrote this about his first trip away from home. In 1971, at 18, driven by musical ambition and an insatiable desire to travel, explore, and learn about everything, he escaped the narrow world of his small-town Canadian life and flew to England. That first, great trip started an exhilarating new life. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington)
This song is referenced in the online game Kingdom of Loathing, where in a shop you can buy a Fly-By-Knight Heladry form. (thanks, Beef - Carlson, Quia, MA)
Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.
Cy Curnin of The Fixx
The man who brought us "Red Skies" and "Saved By Zero" is now an organic farmer in France.
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.