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    Song Facts: The Meaning Behind The Music

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    Where Have All The Good Times Gone?--Van Halen
    This was written by Ray Davies and first recorded by his band, The Kinks, in 1965. Van Halen's first single was also a Kinks cover. They released "You Really Got Me" in 1978.

    La Grange--ZZ Top
    The song refers to a country brothel on the outskirts of La Grange, Texas (later notoriously known as the "Chicken Ranch"). This brothel is also the subject of the Broadway play and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the latter starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds.

    Leather and Lace--Stevie Nicks
    She wrote this song because Waylon Jennings called her up and asked her to write a song called 'Leather and Lace.' It was to be a duet for him and his wife (Jessi Colter). It was to explain what it was like to be in love with someone in the same business, and how to approach dealing with each other. She went on to record it with Don Henley.
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    Jeff Beck was sitting in on a Stevie Wonder session. To unwind, Beck sat down at the drumkit and started bashing out this moronic beat. Wonder latched onto it, and came up with a riff to play over it. At that moment, Wonder announced that he was paying for the session from that moment on.

    At the time, Stevie Wonder was in contract negotiations with Motown Records. He took the tracks from the session, played them for Berry Gordy and got a multi million dollar deal.

    The tune with Beck's goofy drum track turned out to be "Superstition". Beck recorded the tune with BBA, yet Wonder had the hit (and continued to have hits for years).
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Jeff Beck was sitting in on a Stevie Wonder session. To unwind, Beck sat down at the drumkit and started bashing out this moronic beat. Wonder latched onto it, and came up with a riff to play over it. At that moment, Wonder announced that he was paying for the session from that moment on.

    At the time, Stevie Wonder was in contract negotiations with Motown Records. He took the tracks from the session, played them for Berry Gordy and got a multi million dollar deal.

    The tune with Beck's goofy drum track turned out to be "Superstition". Beck recorded the tune with BBA, yet Wonder had the hit (and continued to have hits for years).
    Cool fact on a great tune!
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    According to Ross Halfin, the song "Tattooed Millionaire" by Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) was written for Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue because he was pissed that Nikki screwed his wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looper_guy View Post
    According to Ross Halfin, the song "Tattooed Millionaire" by Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) was written for Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue because he was pissed that Nikki screwed his wife.
    True but, according to Sixx, he didn't know it was Dickenson's wife until later on when Bruce introduced her to him and he's always felt bad about it. Nikki writes in his book that he was in London, for the first time ever, and this chick just showed up at his hotel room, banged him and left. Then again, he wasn't exactly sober at the time. So we'll never know the true story.
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    The song 'Free Wheel'in' by Bachman Turner Overdrive is a tribute to Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman who of course perished in a motorcycle accident.

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    on December 4, 1971, Deep Purple had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio - referred to as the "Rolling truck Stones thing" and "the mobile" in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as "the gambling house" in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino's theatre. During the gig a fire broke out: "In the middle of Don Preston's synthesizer solo on "King Kong", the place suddenly caught fire. Somebody in the audience had fired a flare gun into the ceiling, at which point the rattan covering started to burn."[1][2], as mentioned in the "some stupid with a flare gun" line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers' equipment. The "smoke on the water" that became the title of the song (credited to bassist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. The "Funky Claude" running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    on December 4, 1971, Deep Purple had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio - referred to as the "Rolling truck Stones thing" and "the mobile" in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as "the gambling house" in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino's theatre. During the gig a fire broke out: "In the middle of Don Preston's synthesizer solo on "King Kong", the place suddenly caught fire. Somebody in the audience had fired a flare gun into the ceiling, at which point the rattan covering started to burn."[1][2], as mentioned in the "some stupid with a flare gun" line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers' equipment. The "smoke on the water" that became the title of the song (credited to bassist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. The "Funky Claude" running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.
    Yes. Another great story. For years, I couldn't figure out why the heck they were mentioning Frank Zappa. I love Zappa but couldn't see the direct relationship with DP.

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    Sweet Home Alabama--Lynyrd Skynyrd

    One of the verses is an attack on Neil Young: "I hope Neil Young will remember a southern man don't need him around anyhow." Young had written songs like "Southern Man" and "Alabama," which implied that people in the Southern US were racist and stuck in the past. Skynyrd responded with this, a song about Southern pride and all the good things in Alabama. The feud between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young was always good-natured fun; they were actually big fans of each other. Ronnie Van Zant often wore Neil Young T-shirts on stage and is wearing one on the cover of Street Survivors, the last Skynyrd album before his death.
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    Rock of Ages--Def Leppard

    This begins with a voice that says something like "Gunter Glieben Glauten Globen." It doesn't mean anything. Producer Mutt Lange got tired of counting the band in with "1, 2, 3, 4...," so he started saying this. The band would sometimes make up stuff when asked what it means.
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    Great thread. Wish I had more time to post stuff. Here goes...

    "Yesterday", The Beatles - apparently it was composed by Sir Paul McCartney in a dream one night. He woke up and recorded the piano part so he wouldn't forget it. Paul was convinced that he dreamt of someone else's music, so he kept asking friends, management, etc. if they'd ever heard the song he recorded before. He finally started working on lyrics when everyone convinced him the music was all his, nobody else's. The original working (not permanent) lyrics were "Scrambled eggs...ooh, my baby, how I love your legs."
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    Default ROCK HISTORY 101 - The First Rock & Roll Song

    If you pukes out there fancy yourselves to be rock historians and you don't know about "Rocket 88", the first ever rock and roll song, now you do.

    "Rocket 88", Ike Turner/Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats - The original version of the 12-bar blues song was credited to "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats", but that band did not actually exist. The song was put together by Ike Turner and his band in rehearsals at the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and recorded by Turner's Kings of Rhythm. Jackie Brenston (1930-1979) was a saxophonist with Turner who also sang the vocal on "Rocket 88", a hymn of praise to the joys of the Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" automobile, which had just been introduced in 1949. Although Brenston was given author credit rather than Turner, it is now agreed that Brenston's contribution was overstated for financial reasons.

    The song was based on the 1947 song "Cadillac Boogie" by Jimmy Liggins. It was also preceded and influenced by Pete Johnson's "Rocket 88 Boogie" Parts 1 and 2, an instrumental, originally recorded for the Los Angeles-based Swing Time Records label in 1949.

    Working from the raw material of jump blues and swing combo music, Turner made it even rawer, starting with a strongly stated back beat by drummer Willie Sims, and superimposing Brenston's enthusiastic vocals, his own piano, and tenor saxophone solos by 17 year old Raymond Hill (later to be the father of Tina Turner's first child, before she married Ike). The song also features one of the first examples of distortion, or fuzz guitar, ever recorded, played by the band's guitarist Willie Kizart.

    The legend of how the sound came about says that Kizart's amplifier was damaged on Highway 61 when the band was driving from Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee, but Phillips liked the sound and used it. Robert Palmer has written that the amplifier "had fallen from the top of the car", and attributes this information to Sam Phillips. However, in a recorded interview at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, Ike Turner stated that the amplifier was in the trunk of the car and that rain may have caused the damage; he is certain that it did not fall from the roof of the car. Link Wray had a similar story.

    It was the second-biggest rhythm and blues single of 1951, reaching #1 in June for five weeks and much more influential than some other "first" claimants. Ike Turner's piano intro to the song was later used note-for-note by Little Richard in "Good Golly Miss Molly".
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Jeff Beck was sitting in on a Stevie Wonder session. To unwind, Beck sat down at the drumkit and started bashing out this moronic beat. Wonder latched onto it, and came up with a riff to play over it. At that moment, Wonder announced that he was paying for the session from that moment on.

    At the time, Stevie Wonder was in contract negotiations with Motown Records. He took the tracks from the session, played them for Berry Gordy and got a multi million dollar deal.

    The tune with Beck's goofy drum track turned out to be "Superstition". Beck recorded the tune with BBA, yet Wonder had the hit (and continued to have hits for years).
    cool...
    that is one bad ass drum intro.....love it.

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