Wang Chung's '80s classic "Dance Hall Days" is about how things can start simple but end up complex. First you "take your baby by the hand," but by the end she has an amethyst in her mouth.
Eminem sampled Dido's "Thank You" for his song "Stan," and Dido appeared in his video as Stan's unfortunate wife.
The Mission: Impossible theme is in 5/4 time. Composer Lalo Schifrin joked that he did it so 5-legged aliens could dance to it.
Michael Jackson's 1995 song "You Are Not Alone" was the first single in US history to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #1
Richard Marx' debut single "Don't Mean Nothing" features Joe Walsh on guitar.
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" was Michael Jaskson's attack on the tabloid press: "They eat off of you, you're a vegetable."
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.
Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.
Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.
An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.
The lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words.
The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.
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