Go behind the music with some of the world's best songwriters
Gilbert O'SullivanGilbert O'Sullivan defines "Bonaparte shandy" and talks about his hits "Clair" and "Alone Again (Naturally)." Pierre Bouvier of Simple PlanSimple Plan's frontman Pierre Bouvier names the two songs that defined the pop-punk genre, talks about their most important songs, and explains how their collaboration with hitmaker Max Martin went awry. Kevin Barnes of Of MontrealThe main man of Of Montreal deciphers some references in their most popular songs and explains his take on religion, which shows up a lot in his work. Buck Dharma of Blue Öyster CultBuck Dharma, who wrote "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" for Blue Oyster Cult, shares his thoughts on the song and explains how he feels about MORE COWBELL! Bob Rivers (Twisted Tunes)The godfather of Christmas song parodies on "The Twelve Pains Of Christmas," and the Seattle music scene in the '90s when he was a DJ in the city. Fee Waybill of The TubesTubes lead singer Fee Waybill explains how a San Francisco peep show inspired "She's A Beauty," and how he ended up writing Vixen's big hit with Richard Marx. David Vanian of The DamnedThe Damned frontman David Vanian breaks down some of their classic cuts and explains how they got a "burst of pure energy and excitement" on their first album.