Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin wrote the original lyrics for Starship's "We Built This City." It was the first Hot 100 Top 10 hit Taupin wrote without John.
"Cult of Personality" by Living Colour incorporates speeches by John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The first release of "The Sound Of Silence" was acoustic, and went nowhere. It became Simon & Garfunkel's first hit when a producer at their label overdubbed it with electric instruments.
Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" is about the commercialization of Hawaii. On her first trip to the islands, she looked out of her hotel window and saw a parking lot as far as the eye could see.
Cee-Lo Green sang backup on the 1994 TLC hit "Waterfalls."
The lyric to "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips was inspired by Chynna Phillips' struggles with addiction. "Hold on for one more day" is something she heard in AA meetings.
A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.
In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.
The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.
Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.
John tells the "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" story and explains why he disappeared for so long.
The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
Not convinced? “ Just like Adam and Eve
Said you'd set me free
You took me to the sky, I'd never been so high
You were my pills, you were my thrills
You were my hope baby, you were my smoke”
Reading interviews, it’s a fact the members were involved in the drug and party scene, you write what you know, ya know?
Why does this country continue to minimize what was done to the Native Americans? African Americans claimed 400 years of slavery but you never hear anything about the 400 years of near genocide of the natives! (natives was also slaves). Not only was natives massacred by the hundreds at a time on multiple occasions, including women and children, their customs, traditions and way of life was also targeted! There was 60-100 million natives here whenever Europeans "DISCOVERED" America! By 1900 that number was 250,000!!! Literally MILLIONS OF NATIVES LOST and struggle still as a people!!! The poorest place in the country is the reservation of Pine Ridge in South Dakota! I dont believe this is accidental either since the Sioux fought the invasion fiercely over 50 years and one of the last to surrender their customs and way of life. Infamously killing General Custer and his entire unit when they was attacked. Still being punished for having courage
Four months earlier on August 8th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on September 19th it peaked at #31 (for an unbelievable 5 weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #2 on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart...
Was track six on the trio's 1982 album, 'Gap Band IV', and on June 27th, 1982 the LP reached #1 (for 9 weeks) on Billboard's R&B/Black Albums chart...
Two other tracks from the LP also made the Top 100; "Early In The Morning" (#24) and "Outstanding" (#51).