Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" is based on the book of the same name by William Burroughs.
The Hollies hit "The Air That I Breathe" was written in part as a reaction to the smog in Los Angeles.
Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." was inspired by the book (later a movie) Born On The Fourth Of July by Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran who protested the war when he returned home.
"How To Save A Life" by The Fray has religious overtones - it was a hit on both the Pop chart and the Christian Songs chart.
Chaka Khan's hit "I Feel For You" was written and originally recorded by Prince 4 years before she covered it.
Part of the "Cruel to Be Kind" video was shot during Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter's wedding.
A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.
We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.
dUg dIgs into his King's X metal classics and his many side projects, including the one with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.
Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?
Does he have beef with Gaga? Is he Sean Lennon's godfather? See if you can tell fact from fiction in the Elton John edition.
The hitmaking songwriter/producer Sam Hollander with stories about songs for Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Train, Pentatonix, and Fitz And The Tantrums.
Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison both played their electric guitars and neither "Heroin" nor "Sister Ray" feature a bass guitar. Maureen Tucker even taps her drum rims at certain moments and she is obviously using her mallets.
As he once said, just because I write a song about heroin, doesn't mean I'm an addict, in the same way that a novelist would write about any subject without necessarily experiencing it first-hand.
As far as I'm aware, Reed wasn't a heroin user; the song's pace more accurately reflects the effects of amphetamine, which Reed used in abundance (Remember "My day beats your year").
Part of the heroin dive is picking up, navigating the underbelly, and it’s dishonest creatures.
Reed describes the feeling perfectly, in a way that only those who have done it can understand. The not caring about death... the not caring about the politicans' crazy sounds... the rush... It's my wife and it's my life... and then I am better off then death. This song really is a classic. It may be 25 years ago that I last shot up smack but this brings is back like it was yesterday.
Also, whenever you are in heavy Opiates your ears are really sensitive to noise. Someone talking at a normal tone can seem very loud.
Great song, by the way!