MC Skat Kat was created for the remix of "Opposites Attract," which was released as the last single from her Forever Your Girl album. The team that created the Kat also did a-ha's "Take On Me" video.
The Nicolette Larson hit "Lotta Love" was written by Neil Young, who recorded a very different version of the song.
In 1939, a polka craze swept America thanks to "Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)."
Yoko Ono has always denied requests to cover "Imagine" with the line "no religion, too" omitted or changed.
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Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
Graham Nash tells the stories behind some of his famous songs and photos, and is asked about "yacht rock" for the first time.
Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.
Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.
A major difference was that pretty much everyone in the US who came of “military age” in the 1960’s either served in the Armed Forces, were directly related to, or were close to someone who did serve.
We really “were” in it together, like it or not.
The Draft was imperfect, but it succeeded in stuffing millions of young Americans into every branch of the USA military.
As an age 18 budding private pilot, I enlisted in the Air Force, hoping for a flight status job, which I didn’t get.
I did get a challenging 6 years as a scope dope, directing USAF fighter responses at the GD Russkie’s whenever they tested US defenses.
Most of us who served during the Nam era did so to satisfy what we considered to be an obligation of Citizenship.
Wherever we served, whether under hostile fire, or far removed from that.
There was no discernible “political” ruckus anywhere I was stationed.
Yes, we were generally aware of the anti-war folks from media reports, but it simply did not deter from our commitment to finish our enlistments (or Draft), then get the heck back to normal life.
I proudly wore my uniform every time I traveled to and from assignments all over the USA and various Pacific islands, for duty and when transiting on Leave.
Not once did anyone “spit on”, or even disrespect me.
None of my friends - all of which served in every branch of the US military during those years - reported that either.
Maybe that happened somewhere, but a half century later the “spit on” tale appears to have been expanded to a ridiculous extent, ostensibly milked for its propaganda value.
Whatever the truths or exaggerated rhetoric from the Viet Nam conflict, the deaths of almost 60,000 Fellow Americans remains a terrible tragedy.
Add to that the over 300k who were physically wounded, plus the uncountable amount of mentally wounded. We all - together - salute them.
War is indeed, Hell.
The first time I heard this song, I got the lump in the throat.
You may think I am making it up, but I remember at the age of four being very angry when I saw footage of the returning veterans being insulted in airports.
Good for Billy for making such a touching tribute, and all you douchebags throwing out gratuitous insults at him need to go to the nearest five-and-dime and purchase a life.
And no, Joel did not have direct military experience, what he did have were friends who left, volunteered or drafted, doesn't matter. Some of these friends came back, a lot didn't. This is his tribute to them, based on yes, his imagination, and I'm sure stories from the ones who came home.
Just respect the men who understand it.
But this song is not really about what it was like to be a Marine who went to Vietnam - there is no way Billy Joel would know that. Rather, it's Joel's imagination of what it was like, based, no doubt on Hollywood movies like Platoon or Apocalypse Now, memories of Cronkite and Dan Rather broadcasts, etc.