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This song was an amalgamation of several bits of songs/melodies/lyrics/themes that Taylor had laying around as kernels for future songs that never quite made themselves known to him. He had a deadline to meet for completing Sweet Baby James, and stuck these loose themes together to make a single "Suite" and get the $20,000 (20G) advance for getting the album done on time. (thanks, Steve - Hamilton, Other)
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.
Brad Smith of Blind Melon
The Blind Melon bassist/songwriter tells the story of "No Rain," which he wrote before the band was formed.
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots
The STP drummer talks about how they write their songs, and how the process is different now that Chester Bennington has replaced Scott Weiland.