The theme of this song is that the media are to be blamed for their part in the dissemination of erroneous views. Q-Tip explained to Clash magazine January 2009: "I think what the media does is tap in and exploit the fears of people. You could say we've become a rumor society. We'll hear something as a sound byte and take that as the gospel truth without doing any investigation. The media feed on that and then people get scared and they continue not to buy into the system so the media scare them more. The system is pretty wretched though."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.