Elvis Costello says "Everyday I Write The Book" is a knockoff of Nick Lowe's "When I Write the Book."
Billy Idol got the title for "Rebel Yell" from a brand of whiskey he saw members of The Rolling Stones drinking.
"Mr. Roboto" by Styx was written by their keyboard player, Dennis DeYoung, who used Japanese words and imagery to create an allegory about censorship.
"Rosanna" by Toto got its name from the actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro.
One of the great "we're all going down" songs is "Ship Of Fools" by World Party, written when Margaret Thatcher was in power in England.
Eminem sampled Dido's "Thank You" for his song "Stan," and Dido appeared in his video as Stan's unfortunate wife.
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.
When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.
An original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.
Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.
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