Slayer guitarist Kerry King got the idea for this song while walking around Athens, thinking about all of the clashes that took place there over the centuries. "It's just about battle, not a particular battle," he told Rolling Stone. "You cast the first stone, I'm gonna win."
The phrase "To cast the first stone" means to take the lead in fault-finding or the like. The term is from The Gospel of John 8 v7, which tells of Jesus criticizing the Jewish religious leaders who wanted to pass judgment on an adulterous woman.
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
New Jersey hardcore punk band Ensign's 1999 album was also titled Cast the First Stone.
George Harrison's 1971 song "Bangla Desh" was the first major charity single. It was part of a concert held to bring relief to the people of Bangladesh, who were fighting for independence and suffering from a famine.
"Pink Cadillac" was a B-side for Bruce Springsteen in 1984, but after Aretha Franklin sang about pink Cadillacs on "Freeway Of Love" the following year, Natalie Cole covered the song and had a hit with it in 1988.