This track closes Kanye West's second album, Late Registration. Yeezy spits the first, second and last verse, whilst guest rappers Cam'ron and Consequence take the third and fourth verse respectively
"Gone" starts off with a with a vocal sample of Otis Redding's version of the Chuck Willis song "It's Too Late." Derek and the Dominos also covered the tune with Eric Clapton on vocals and Duane Allman on slide guitar.
The elaborate string arrangements were done by the album's co-producer, the Los Angeles-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion.
The song gained newfound fame in 2013, eight years after it was released, after writer and producer Marina V Shifrin publicly told her boss she was quitting her job by posting a video to YouTube with "Gone" as the music. The clip, which features Shifrin dancing her way out of her deserted office at 4:30 AM, quickly went viral. The digital sales of the song spiked to such an extent that it debuted at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."