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Vicki Peterson of the Bangles

On the Paisley Underground, The Goonies, and "Walk Like An Egyptian"

Chris Stein's Punk Pix

The Blondie founder shares photos and tells tales from the NYC punk scene

Graham Gouldman

The 10cc founder on seeing chords in colors, and writing hits for The Hollies, Jeff Beck and The Yardbirds

Long Live Queen - An Excerpt

Five rockers share their memories of Queen, from Freddie's leather to Brian May's Red Special

Which Restaurants Are Most Mentioned In Song Lyrics?

Querying our lyrics database, we found the restaurant mentions, which aren't always appetizing


Ice-T and his longtime producer talk "Colors," samples, and the search for talent on their new label

Phil Vassar

The country music hitmaker on "Carlene," and assembly-line songwriting

Songfacts Spotlight

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon

"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is based on billboards John Lennon and Yoko Ono posted two years earlier declaring "War Is Over! If You Want It."

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The Goo Goo Dolls

Like Billy Joel, the Goo Goo Dolls played metal before they hit it big. When you write great songs, you have some format flexibility, and the Goos are blessed with a lead singer who made the Songwriting Hall of Fame.

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Emmylou Harris

She thinks of herself as a "song interpreter," but back in the '80s another country star convinced Emmylou to take a crack at songwriting.

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Hundred And Ten In The Shade by John Fogerty

John Fogerty channels Robert Johnson in "Hundred And Ten In The Shade," set in Greenwood, Mississippi, where the bluesman is buried.

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Fact or Fiction

Pearl Jam

Did the corduroy jacket come from the Gap? Is their biggest hit a cover song? Take this Fact or Fiction to find out.

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