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This was The Replacements' highest-charting single, hitting #1 on the Modern Rock charts and being played in heavy rotation on MTV in early 1989.
The line, "Left a rebel without a clue" was later appropriated by Tom Petty into his hit, "Into the Great Wide Open," in 1991. The Replacements opened for Petty on tour in 1989, his last tour before beginning the album on which "Open" appears. (thanks, Derek - Bridgeport, WV, for above 2)
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
Charlie Benante of Anthrax
The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.
The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.