The disco song "Good Tmes" by Chic was a huge influence on early rap, providing the bassline for "Rapper's Delight."
Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is about their founding member Syd Barrett, who became an acid casualty. Notice the S-Y-D in the title.
In Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain," the guy goes into a funk when he thinks he's been stood up, but is elated when he realizes he's been standing on the wrong corner, and it's all a terrible mess.
"Just Dance" was Lady Gaga's first hit, and it also brought the techno-synth sound that had been popular in Europe for the previous decade to the United States.
"Reasons" by Earth, Wind & Fire is a popular wedding song, but it's actually about a one-night stand.
The movie The Breakfast Club opens with a passage from David Bowie's "Changes" ("And these children that you spit on...")
How a gym teacher, a janitor, and a junkie became part of some very famous band names.
Doors expert Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, talks about some of their defining songs and exposes some Jim Morrison myths.
How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?
How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.
Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.
The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.
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