Go behind the music with some of the world's best songwriters
Justin Hawkins of The DarknessThe Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins talks about their latest album, his tendency to fudge history in songs, and the right way to be daft. Scooter Ward of ColdCold frontman Scooter Ward on how Nick Cave got him past writer's block and through to the band's first album since 2011. Black Francis of PixiesPixies frontman Black Francis with the stories behind songs from their Beneath The Eyrie album, and his thoughts on the Pixies-inspired "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Cindy Wilson of The B-52sCindy Wilson of The B-52s talks about the "Love Shack" location, the songwriting dynamics in the band, and her personal favorites. Jon Langford of MekonsMekons mainstay Jon Langford explains how the band has adapted since forming as a musically naive antidote to The Clash in 1977. Bonnie McKeeHitmaker Bonnie McKee on writing five #1s with Katy Perry, the hidden meaning of "Dynamite," and the time Max Martin taught her a valuable lesson. David Hinds of Steel PulseDavid Hinds of the reggae revolutionaries Steel Pulse talks about battling racism in England and makes his unlikely choice for their most definitive song. Dex RomweberDex Romweber, a major influence on Jack White, talks about his minor-key mentality and off-kilter influences.