"Stand By Me" hit #4 in the US when it was released in 1961, then went to #9 in 1986 when it was used in the movie of the same name.
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.
The Spacehog song "In The Meantime" samples an obscure recording of telephone noise, which is used at the beginning of the song.
Billy Joel's song "Allentown" was written as "Levittown," which is the town in Long Island where he grew up. He got the idea to change it after taking a trip to Pennsylvania.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Two Tribes" features British actor Patrick Allen reading extracts from a government civil defense leaflet.
The first Huey Lewis & the News hit, "Do You Believe In Love?," is a cover of a song Mutt Lange wrote three years earlier called "We Both Believe In Love."
An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.
Many actors have attempted music, but only a few have managed a hit. Do you know which of these thespians charted?
An Electronic music pioneer with Asperger's Syndrome. This could be interesting.
On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."
Go beyond the Wall of Voodoo with this cinematic songwriter.
Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.
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