Photoshop is computer software that can alter images to make people look a lot better, which is standard procedure for press materials. On the face of it, this jaunty oddball tune is a withering critique of celebrity magazine airbrush culture. However, Everything Everything singer Jonathan Higgs told the NME there was more to the tune than meets the eye. "It's imagining what it would be like if you really were like that - you really were one of those creatures and how much of a person you could be," he explained. "And then thinking about computer games and the value of life in computer games, and how you can constantly reappear as this thing that only has one purpose within a very small world that just has no other options apart from to live, or die, or jump over this thing. And if that's the same as being a magazine creature, you just have this one option to be that weird fake thing. Over and over and over again until that person just is... Well, that is what they are. What that must be like to be that person and wake up with that weird silicon face."
"Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks was written by two Nashville songwriters after a meal in a local restaurant. One of them forgot his money, but said not to worry, "I have friends in low places. I know the cook."
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
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