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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)
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.
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
dUg Pinnick of King's X
dUg dIgs into his King's X metal classics and his many side projects, including the one with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.
John Doe of X
With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.