Star 69

Album: Monster (1994)
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  • The name of the song comes from the *69 telephone feature code for last-call return in the USA and Canada. This song started out as a 6 minute demo; the original bridge, chorus and two solos were discarded, another part of the song was used as the new chorus, so that the final product was only about half of the original length. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Martin - Rostock, Germany
  • The *69 feature was relatively new in 1994, and it proved to be the beginning of the end for prank phone calls, as you could immediately call back anyone asking a question like "Is your refrigerator running" (well go chase it!), or inquiring about Hugh Jass. Especially devious users of the *69 feature could return the call posing as the authorities, and inform the prankster that he was going to be arrested. Top 40 radio DJs, whose request lines were always a common target for these calls, could now retaliate.

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  • Hugh from Kansas City, MoInquiring about me? Why?
    I like the return to the electrics by REM on this album. It was popular shortly after my son was born....who we call 'Bear'. He's still a Monster!
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