Still the biggest-selling single by a Canadian artist, "Seasons in the Sun" became Terry Jacks' label. To escape it, he gave up music and became an environmental activist. Terry told us the story.
» The "Seasons in the Sun" Story
Max talks about the subway ride that inspired the Sepultura screamer "Refuse/Resist," and talks about the art of making a riff.
» Max Cavalera interview
"Dylan never says, 'when I wrote,' he always says 'when it was written.'"
Rosanne believes the songs are out there - it's just a matter of finding them.
» Rosanne Cash interview
Hatebreed's lead singer/lyricist talks about the band's most important songs, including the "career-changer" he wrote on acoustic guitar.
» Jamey Jasta interview
Dexys had a string of UK hits (and a different look) before "Eileen" took hold on MTV and went to #1 in America. The guys break down the song, which what partly inspired by something you'd hear at Jewish weddings.
» Dexys interview
John Lennon's first son made a huge impact with his first album, recorded when he was just 21. Against the odds, he's formed his own identity as a songwriter, photographer and do-gooder. Among the topics we cover: MTV, where he was briefly a star.
» Julian Lennon interview
Nina is the lead singer/lyricist for The Cardigans, whose hits include "Lovefool," and "Erase/Rewind." She sees no reason to write about happiness, which is why we hear the heartbreak.
» Nina Persson interview
In 1964, The Dave Clark Five was the hottest British band outside of The Beatles. Ed Sullivan adored them, even buying out one of their UK shows to keep them in America. In 2008 they made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where they were inducted by Tom Hanks.
» Dave Clark interview
Unlike his hit "Mother-In-Law," Allen wrote "Southern Nights" from "sheer spiritual inspiration." He didn't think it had any hit potential, but then Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later.
» They're Playing My Song: "Southern Nights"
One of the great side projects in rock, the band Brad features Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. Their frontman explains how they operate.
» Shawn Smith interview
Based in Tucson, Calexico makes music that lends itself to powerful moments - "thematic," you might call it. Their songs have been on two Space Shuttle missions, a few installments of This American Life, and an episode of Breaking Bad.
» Joey Burns of Calexico
The undertone to many of Toad The Wet Sprocket's songs - including their hit "All I Want" - is Glen's depression. It got so bad that he ended up playing shows when he didn't even want to be alive.
» Toad the Wet Sprocket
In "Born In The U.S.A," Bruce Springsteen sang about a Vietnam veteran coming home to a hostile reception in America. A few years earlier, Charlie Daniels took on the topic in "Still in Saigon" - a song written by Dan Daley. Here's how it happened.
» The "Still in Saigon" Story