"Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads was inspired by chant band members heard at a P-Funk show where the crowd yelled, "burn down the house... burn down the house."
R.E.M. got the title "Shiny Happy People" from a Chinese propaganda poster.
Glenn Frey of the Eagles played a bad guy in a 1985 episode of Miami Vice based on his song "Smuggler's Blues."
Brian May wrote Queen's "We Will Rock You" so the crowds could participate in the song. They didn't have instruments, but they could clap their hands and stomp their feet.
The Eagles' first single, "Take It Easy," was written by Jackson Browne, who was living in the apartment below Glenn Frey when he wrote it.
Tim McGraw recorded "Live Like You Were Dying" just two weeks after his own father passed away.
The Celtic music maker Loreena McKennitt on finding musical inspiration, the "New Age" label, and working on the movie Tinker Bell.
The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.
Jim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.
He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.
Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.
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