When the Velvet Underground song "Heroin" got screechy, Maureen Tucker stopped drumming, figuring it would bust the take, but her bandmates kept going. You can hear it at the 5:20 mark.
In 1939, a polka craze swept America thanks to "Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)."
There was a rumor in the Soviet Union that The Beatles had secretly visited the U.S.S.R. and given a private concert for the children of top Communist party members. They believed the song "Back In The U.S.S.R." was written because of the concert. Actually, some fans still believe so.
The "electrical bananas" in the Donovan song "Mellow Yellow" were vibrators.
Taio Cruz throws his hands up "sometimes" in "Dynamite" because the song was originally written about surrender.
The Starland Vocal Band got the title "Afternoon Delight" from the late-afternoon appetizer menu at the restaurant Clyde's Of Georgetown in Washington, DC.
A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.
Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.
One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.
"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.
The co-writer/guitarist on many Alice Cooper hits, Dick was also Lou Reed's axeman on the Rock n' Roll Animal album.
With $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.