The original "Venus" was a #1 hit for the Dutch band Shocking Blue. Listen to the first line and you'll hear a muffed word: "goddess" was sung as "goddness."
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova starred in the movie Once, which featured their song "Falling Slowly." Bob Dylan liked the song and movie so much he gave them an opening slot on his tour.
Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" is based on the book of the same name by William Burroughs.
Taio Cruz throws his hands up "sometimes" in "Dynamite" because the song was originally written about surrender.
Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" was the first #1 hit created entirely in Pro Tools.
The You Me at Six song "The Dilemma" got its title from the Vince Vaughn movie of the same name.
Michelob commercials generated hits for Eric Clapton, Genesis and Steve Winwood in the '80s, even as some of these rockers were fighting alcoholism.
The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.
How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.
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.
Keyboard great David Sancious talks about his work with Sting, Seal, Springsteen, Clapton and Aretha, and explains what quantum physics has to do with making music.
One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.
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