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Howie D of Backstreet Boys

On his new album of kids' music, and getting bumped to the back of Backstreet Boys when their sound shifted

Legends of Songwriting: Paul Simon

Simon talks about his musical progression, from "folkie stuff" to hitmaker

Lissie

On hitting #1 in Norway, and her Twin Peaks performance (David Lynch = big fan)

Evan Dando of The Lemonheads

On "Mrs. Robinson," "It's A Shame About Ray," and getting pranked by Kurt Cobain

10 things we learned from the new Kurt Cobain book

#4: Skipping Lollapalooza was a marketing move

Music Video Groundbreaker Kevin Godley

On classic videos for The Police, U2 and Duran Duran

Interview: Exene Cervenka of X

On "Los Angeles" and her definition of "real punk."

Fact or Fiction: Country Song Titles

"You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" and other questionable titles

Songfacts Spotlight

Smuggler's Blues by Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey of the Eagles played a bad guy in a 1985 episode of Miami Vice based on his song "Smuggler's Blues."

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The Lovin' Spoonful

With joyful songs like "Do You Believe In Magic?" and "Daydream," The Lovin' Spoonful were one of the most successful American bands amidst the British Invasion.

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Songs that were sampled into hits

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From the Vaults

Vonda Shepard

Vonda explains how she went from being the female voice on the hit "Can't We Try" to the musical embodiment of Ally McBeal.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Miss America by Styx

Styx take a scathing look at the Miss America pageant and the city that hosts it, Atlantic City.

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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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