"Pretty In Pink" by Psychedelic Furs was released in 1981. Five years later, it inspired a movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The song was remixed for the re-release to have more Pop appeal.
The Bangles song "Eternal Flame" was inspired by a display at Graceland that honored Elvis Presley.
Keith Richards did some studio alchemy on "Street Fighting Man," which is all acoustic except the bass.
The phrase "Mamma Mia" was big in 1976. It was the name of a popular Abba song, and also showed up in the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.
When Petula Clark reached #1 in the US with "Downtown" in 1965, she became the first female singer from England to hit #1 in the US during the Rock Era (after 1955).
"Panama" by Van Halen is not about the country or the canal, but about a stripper David Lee Roth met in Arizona.
Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.
Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.
He's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."
The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.
When a song describes a wedding, it's rarely something to celebrate - with one big exception.
How well do you know the lyrics of U2?