The most interesting pieces of pop music trivia that you know (that are 100% false)

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1. With the exception of 1990's Fourth of July, every Galaxie 500 song released has the exact same opening five seconds.

2. Before making it big as the lead singer of Culture Club, lead singer Boy George was a famous homosexual groupie who for years was known for his backstage antics with other musical performers. Among the men notched under his belt are Freddie Mercury, Bill McKenzie and Neil Young.

3. Although much has been made of his fascination with the occult and his purchase of Aleister Crowley's Lock Ness house, not much is known about Jimmy Page's fascination with American children's programming. In March 2005 the former Led Zeppelin virtuoso purchased the entirety of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. This to go along with his 1996 purchase of Eureeka's Castle.

4. Born with an obnoxious Irish accent like that of a middle-aged leprechaun and unable to get acting work in large part because of this, actor Liam Neeson modeled his now familiar voice after Psychedelic Furs singer Richard Butler after hearing Sister Europe on his car radio in England.

Cunga (Cunga), Monday, 11 July 2005 20:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

5. After hearing that Public Enemy's Chuck D patterned his flow after sportscaster Marv Albert, NWA's Eazy E overhauled his style so that he would sound more like Howard Cosell.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Actually, Dr. Dre DID change his production style after hearing Public Enemy...and Eazy E changed his direction after hearing Ice T's 6 in the Morning.

Before that, they both were riding on the Beastie Boys ripoff express.

(sorry for being such a rap nerd that I can't even play along)

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

6. Vanilla Ice is actually British.

(note: this is just a stupid rumor that my friends and I decided to spread in college, and didn't pursue very hard)

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

7. Gwen Stefani has no idea why those Japanese women are following her around.

8. In 1985 Bob Geldof spent 4 days bombarding Gene Vincent's management with requests for him to play Live Aid, before being told that Gene had died in 1971.

9. Phil Collins' unique drum-sound is a result of his having two left hands. The former Genesis frontman uses specially modified sticks to overcome his condition.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

10. Miles Davis didn't actually record Bitches Brew on acid, he just had really bad stomach acid that day. In fact, he suffered from Gastro-intestinal Reflux Disease, which wore away his esophagus, causing his voice to be raspy.

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

8. In 1985 Bob Geldof spent 4 days bombarding Gene Vincent's management with requests for him to play Live Aid, before being told that Gene had died in 1971.

Cunga (Cunga), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I meant to

Cunga (Cunga), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

*heart* that.

Cunga (Cunga), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

10. Contrary to popular belief, Gene Simmon's tongue is not actually a cow's tongue, but that of drummer Peter Criss which was removed after the request for more studio time.

darin (darin), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

11. Momus had a promising career as a footballer with Hearts but abandoned it for a career in music after a particularly violent argument with Thatcherite chairman Wallace Mercer in 1986.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

12. In 1963, following a run-in at the NME Reader's Poll awards show, Freddie Garrity offered the Beatles outside. Contrary to his later pacifist image, John Lennon responded to the diminutive Garrity's challenge, only to be shanked in his left ball in the Palladium car park.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

13. Dusty Springfield was so named after a joke by her brothers because of her obsessive compulsive cleaning disorder.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

14. "American Pie" songster Don McLean is ironically both Canadian, and allergic to pastry.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

15. Rod Stewart was once rushed to a hospital complaining of intestinal pains whereupon doctors pumped one gallon of semen (from his stomach.)

(Note: depending on who you believe this story may not be 100% false.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

16. Tony Yayo's prison sentence was for computer piracy, after he was found selling copied versions of Pitfall: The Mayan Adventures for the Amiga at a car boot sale.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

17. No black artist has ever signed to No Limit.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

18. Due to an administrative error, the winner of the 1998 FHM World's Sexiest Woman award was Mr Lif.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

19. Dwight Yoakham has AIDS.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

20. Rapper Ludacris is a huge fan of novelist Umberto Eco. In 2001 he recorded a track for his hit album Word of Mouf based on Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, but after record company pressure he opted to retitle the song "Move Bitch".

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

21. The Human League took their name from Uganda's Football Division 2.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

22. Noel Gallagher originally planned to take Oasis in a Free Jazz/post-Krautrock direction, but abandoned the idea when he discovered that he was an imaginationless cloth-eared churl.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

23. The members of Led Zeppelin screwed funnyman Abe Vigoda with a mackerel.

darin (darin), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

24. Before forming Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carabba was a pool hall hustler, and worked on the international trick shot tour. His attempts at a professional snooker career ended when he was defeated in straight frames by Tian Pengfei at the Butlin's Invitational

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

25. The so-called "second member" of Mylo is in fact Porridge and Last of the Summer Wine star Brian Wilde.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

26. Although best known for his bluesy guitar-work with Thin Lizzy and his solo hit "Parisienne Walkways", Gary Moore spent 18 months between 1977 and 1979 as Chief Economic Adviser to the Labour government.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

27. The frontman for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has served a seven year prison sentence for aggrevated rape.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

28. The Webb Brothers are merely Milli Vanilliesque frontpieces. Their music is in fact made by Joan Osbourne and DJ Towa Tei using overdubs.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

29. Due to contractual issues, Ghostface's lyrics on the majority of "The W" were performed by impressionist John Culshaw.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

30. The biggest ever selling single in the US is "Extremis" by Hal ft Gillian Anderson.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

31. Toploader were originally a Christian Ska band.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

32. 80's rockers Ratt took their name from drummer Bobby Blotzer's favourite film, Basil - the Great Mouse Detective.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

33. The original cover of "Street Survivors" by Lynyrd Skynyrd featured them in an aeroplane crashing into the side of a mountain.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

34. In Tagalog, the phrase "Bil-ee Korg-un" means "misshapen flaccid penis".

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

35. Kanye West appared on three series of Whose Line Is It Anyway, specialising in the "Hoedown" and "Greatest Hits" rounds.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 21:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

36. DJ Martian had a #33 hit in 1998 in collaboration with DJ Quicksilver, with a remix of Wet Wet Wet's 'Julia Says'. Marti Pellow later unsuccessfully sued.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

37. As a Tax evasion scheme, Elton John spent the entirety of 1975 with a dormouse living in his lower intestine.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

38. After his release from prison, Nelson Mandela thanked Darts for their 1978 single "Boy From New York City", a cassette of which was the only entertainment he was allowed during his incarcertaion.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

39. Black Metal icon Mortiis has every episode of Band of Gold on video.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

40. At least 30% of all UK Top 40 hits this year were written by Tom Fletcher of McFly. These include 'Retreat' by The Rakes, 'Avalon' by Juliet and 'Lion Rip' by The Duke Spirit. Ironically, McFly's own #1, 'All About You', was a collaboration between Richard X and Guy Chambers. Tom Fletcher of McFly has yet to write a top 10 hit and can frequently be heard complaining about this in the pubs and clubs of Soho, often accusing Girls Aloud, The Cuban Boys and Kasabian of conspiring to 'freeze him out'.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

41. The Twinings' adverts with Stephen Fry in were originally written to be performed by DMX.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

42. When Brian Jones died, the Rolling Stones first offered his place in the band to the then-unknown Michael Palin.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

43. Joey Beltram wrote the techno anthem "Energy Flash" as a gift to his mother, who was having a tough time going through menopause and wanted him to write a "fun piece of disco music that will cheer me up".

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

44. The Kaiser Chiefs have been forced to call themselves The Musical Chiefs in Uganda, as Kaiser Chiefs is the name of the country's number one Football club.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

45. Dave Pearce is permanently banned from the Reading Festival after getting so drunk that he was unconscious for the whole of Saturday, then awaking to claim that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. He then stole a van and attempted to run over Richard Hawley. Hawley opted not to press charges.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

45. Luke Vibert stood as a candidate for Fianna Fail in the last Irish elections, missing out on a seat by just 42 votes.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

46. Ray Charles lost his eyesight after he and some schoolfriends attempted to emulate a famous scene from the movie Un Chien Andalou.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

48. The Dropkick Murphys invited Anadin.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

49. Production chores on Kajagoogoo's 1983 smash "Too Shy" were handled by Professor Julius Norwich.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

50. Bloc Party were originally going to be called The Small Faces, before drummer Matt Tong remembered that he owned a copy of 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake'. He would later claim that he thought it was by Amen Corner.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 11 July 2005 22:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1661. Brian Jones' nickname for Charlie Watts was "Chuckie". Charlie walked out of the film Child's Play due to the sentimental association, but told his friends he just thought it was a stupid movie. The truth was revealed to a potential biography ghostwriter in 2003.

da croupier, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

1662. The Residents added Extreme's Gary Cherone and a rotation of members from the Little River Band and Urban Dance Squad to their ranks before they changed disguises and renamed themselves Slipknot.

Ad Strawmanem (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:43 (three years ago) Permalink

1663. Rob and Fab of Milli Vanilli sang backup on a series of minor German electropop hits in the mid-eighties. After one too many takes (and beers), the duo stormed out of the studio in the middle of a session. The incident gave them a reputation of being difficult to work with and as a result, most top German producers of the time refused to work with them ever again. Frank Farian later dubbed them Milli Vanilli because the name "sounded like an Italo-disco outfit". This clever naming slight-of-hand achieved its desired result -- their true identity was never discovered by the people running the top German recording studios of the time. Entering the studio to sing on the records risked blowing their cover, so the band's management had no choice but to hire singers while Rob and Fab learned to lip sync along to their own records in Frank Farian's living room, lest they all risk being boycotted by the unforgiving music industry of the day. While their debut album was being recorded in their absence, Fab Morvan dedicated himself fully to his favourite hobby -- chess -- and by late 1988 was ranked as one of the top 50 chess players under the age of 30 in Bavaria.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:02 (three years ago) Permalink

1664. Ringo Starr's real name is Ringo Goldblatt.

Ad Strawmanem (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:09 (three years ago) Permalink

1665. Both of Mr Mister's big hits – Kyrie and Broken Wings – were written as protests by singer Richard Page (real name Marinos Ouzounidis) after he was excommunicated from the Greek Orthodox church. Page had travelled to Istanbul to picket the Patriarchate of Constantinople, after he was banned from resetting the words of Greek hymns to REO Speedwagon and Styx melodies to play in his local church. When priests tried to remonstrate with him, he struck them, causing his excommunication. In 2009 Page set up his own church, and now – at last – he is able to play his MOR hymns to a loyal flock.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 19:46 (three years ago) Permalink

1666. Mick Jagger was born in 1666.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 23:38 (three years ago) Permalink

1667. The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian" was banned in Egypt because it was deemed discriminatory by the national broadcast authority. Because they were unable to play their most famous hit during a 1989 tour stop in Cairo, the band protested by taking the stage, playing a 35-minute instrumental version of "Eternal Flame", and storming off without saying a word or returning for an encore. Despite the controversy, that concert went on to become the most bootlegged recording in Egyptian history.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:49 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

1668. Martin Denny's exotica records were banned in the United Kingdom due to an ancient public heath regulation that prohibited the importation of 'photographic and phonographic impressions of exotic avians'. Undeterred, Denny re-recorded his biggest hits for what was to be his Quiet Britannia LP, replacing his trademark parrot and toucan calls with the sounds of birds native to Britain (mostly finches). the cover photo depicted a sarong-clad Vera Lynn seductively straddling a tea table. the LP sold fewer than 500 copies upon its initial release but became a cult classic in the early '80s after John Peel played it in its entirely on Radio 1.

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Saturday, 28 March 2015 03:01 (three years ago) Permalink

1669. in his final days, Sinatra requested that Comus's 'Drip Drip' be played at his funeral. nobody knows why.

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Saturday, 28 March 2015 03:03 (three years ago) Permalink

1670. Michael Nesmith's mother is a notorious liar. Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that she was involved in the invention of Liquid Paper, and her other claims — inventing the staple remover, owning the Alamo, being Michael Nesmith's mother, and holding the Guinness World Record for largest natural breasts — are all patently false.

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Saturday, 28 March 2015 03:16 (three years ago) Permalink

but she definitely holds the patentlys.

Mark G, Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:13 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

1671. Chuck Berry's original title for "Roll Over Beethoven" was "Rock Me Rachmaninov". Wanting to avoid any association with the Soviet Union or Russian composers in general, Berry changed the title and re-wrote the lyrics after the Hungarian uprising of 1956.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 11 April 2015 23:54 (three years ago) Permalink

...wait, that doesn't even work, because he immediately goes on to say "sing Tchaikovsky the blues".

rushomancy, Sunday, 12 April 2015 03:32 (three years ago) Permalink

1668 is magnificent, wp unreg

PORC EPIC SAVVAGE (imago), Sunday, 12 April 2015 08:54 (three years ago) Permalink

1672. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma started out in the music business as the drummer in a NYC band that played nothing but blues covers of Beatles songs. He took up the cello in his spare time as a form of protest against being forced to play one too many Ringo Starr songs.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:30 (three years ago) Permalink

1673. Legendary British folk rockers Fairport Convention were originally named Airport Convention. The F was added mistakenly on the studio log for their debut album by engineer Bill Gates, and the name stuck.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 12 April 2015 13:38 (three years ago) Permalink

He thought it was Chai-Kovsky

Mark G, Monday, 13 April 2015 07:33 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

1674. there are more edits in the chorus of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' than there are in Radiohead's entire discography.

scarlett bohansson (unregistered), Saturday, 19 September 2015 01:54 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The 'RP' in RP Boo stands for 'received pronunciation'

canoon fooder (dog latin), Friday, 30 October 2015 15:42 (two years ago) Permalink

1676. Khudai Khidmatgar – literally translated as "Children of God" – was an early 20th century Pashto movement working against Western colonialism in the Indian subcontinent. Its strict non-violent stance led to it being more allied with the Gandhi-associated National Congress than with the Jinnah-led Muslim League in the process of India and Pakistan's eventual emancipation from the British Empire.

Previous reports that Swans named their 1987 album for this movement are entirely (and obviously!) false. However (and equally obviously!), Kid Cudi of WZRD fame took his stage name from a playfully inverted and shortened version of the movement's name.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 23:11 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

1677. "Besnard Lakes" is an anagram of "Barenaked Ladies".

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 28 November 2015 12:17 (two years ago) Permalink

1678. Electronic act Jlin is the hobby project of Fast & Furious director Justin Lin.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 7 December 2015 19:30 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

1679. Immediately prior to his death, Christopher Lee recorded a cover of his favourite Young MC track, “I Come Off” from 1989’s Stone Cold Rhymin’. Accompanying footage of the screen legend’s vocal takes was captured, with a view to releasing a music video he wished to be directed by either Gus Van Sant or Guy Ritchie (it was Lee’s firm stipulation that he be able to address the project director as ‘G’ during the editing process), but since his demise plans are already afoot for a Tupac-style hologram performance at an upcoming Glastonbury Festival. A final date for this spectacle has not yet been set, as organizers are reportedly “waiting to see if he remains dead” to avoid any legal imbroglio his unholy return may present.

messr potamia, Friday, 15 January 2016 02:42 (two years ago) Permalink

1680. Taylor Swift and Willie Nelson are in fact brother and sister, respectively.

messr potamia, Friday, 15 January 2016 02:46 (two years ago) Permalink

1681. The Ting Tings have been stuck with this insipid moniker since a Dublin promoter drew a blank while introducing them to a packed Whelan's during a late-2007 pilot gig. Their annoyance at this prompted the duo to replace the first song of their set with a 3 minute improvised musical tirade expressing their vexation, which was quickly to become one of their most widely known releases to date. The pair's original name, "Ceecy Munny", has since passed into obscurity with only one track entitled "demmo" (sic) credited to this name published to bandcamp.com by accident.

messr potamia, Friday, 15 January 2016 03:27 (two years ago) Permalink

1682. The world record holder for "most Josh Groban records owned" for 2011 was reported in error by the Guinness Book as Marcel D'Eurre - it was actually Josh Groban, who easily triumphed by owning more than none.

messr potamia, Friday, 15 January 2016 03:40 (two years ago) Permalink

1683. Lee Marvin's 1970 hit "Wand'rin' Star" is a whimsical, biographical retelling of how he came into being : the gravitational collapse of a gaseous nebula of material composed primarily of hydrogen, along with helium and trace amounts of heavier elements. It is also notable for containing the second highest number of correctly-used apostrophes in a popular music title.

messr potamia, Friday, 15 January 2016 06:05 (two years ago) Permalink

1684. Cutting Crew were so named because all of their members worked as therapists helping young people who self-harmed.

Roaming gang of aggressive circlepits (ithappens), Friday, 15 January 2016 09:19 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

1685. Kisses was the name of Paula Abdul's dog.

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Sunday, 28 February 2016 23:16 (two years ago) Permalink

1686: Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness) was a 1983 contestant on Canadian schoolkid game show Reach for the Top. Google it!

hardcore dilettante, Monday, 29 February 2016 02:20 (two years ago) Permalink

1687: For the past decade, Billy Idol has been making a decent living hosting musical riverboat cruises in Thailand.

hardcore dilettante, Monday, 29 February 2016 02:35 (two years ago) Permalink

1688. During the 1976 Test cricket series between England and the West Indies, noted cricket lover Mick Jagger made a brief and unplanned appearance for England. With three members of the England team incapacitated by diarrhoea on the second morning of the final Test at the Oval, Jagger was inveigled by the England coach into appearing as a substitute fielder – announced to the crowd under the old Stone songwriting pseudonym of Nanker Phelge. He was on the field for 27 minutes, touching the ball only once, dropping a catch offered by Viv Richards, who had scored 23 at the time. Richards went on to make 291.

Roaming gang of aggressive circlepits (ithappens), Thursday, 10 March 2016 14:49 (two years ago) Permalink

1689. Mick had to endure quite a lot of good-natured ribbing from Keith for dropping that ball -- indeed, Keith changed his stage name back from Richard to Richards "in honour of that great near-triple-century".

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 10 March 2016 21:14 (two years ago) Permalink

1690. The Scorpions changed the title of "Rock You Like a Caravan" to appeal to the American market

Szechuan TV (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 10 March 2016 22:12 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

He only seems to know a certain number of bands.

how's life, Friday, 8 April 2016 23:26 (two years ago) Permalink

1691. Taylor Swift's 1989 was named not in honor of her own birthday, but in honor of the 25th anniversary of Deee-Lite's World Clique. Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley provided the horn section for Shake It Off.

how's life, Friday, 8 April 2016 23:38 (two years ago) Permalink

1692. The title of Daft Punk's "Around the World" comes from a friend of the group, who misheard the lyrics in the track's vocodered refrain. The actual lyrics are "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, reindeer".

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 16 April 2016 11:47 (two years ago) Permalink

1693. The members of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band were initially baffled when their debut album Gorilla was hailed as a "revolution in musical comedy," as they had intended to make a completely straightforward Canterbury Scene record. The group eventually reworked their songwriting style and spent the rest of their career putting out intentionally humorous material.

Stupor Fly, Sunday, 17 April 2016 03:35 (two years ago) Permalink

1694. A recent study found that 90% of all instances of cultural appropriation can be traced back to Sublime's 1992 album 40oz. to Freedom.

Stupor Fly, Sunday, 17 April 2016 03:42 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

1695 "Fuck washing a hat" was dropped from "Lovesexy" at the last minute.

Mark G, Saturday, 14 May 2016 09:49 (two years ago) Permalink

1696. Before becoming the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant was a lamaze coach- thus his frequent exhortations to "Push, push, yeah".

diana krallice (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 May 2016 10:32 (two years ago) Permalink

1697. "This Is The One" by The Stone Roses is a moving anthem to the Swedish giant Ikea and greets its first UK store in Warrington, North Cheshire.

kraudive, Saturday, 14 May 2016 20:25 (two years ago) Permalink

1698. Eurovision winner "Making Your Mind Up" considers the possibilities of anal sex.

kraudive, Saturday, 14 May 2016 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

1699. Bangles and the Butthole Surfers did a one-off charity show together as the "Butt Bangles", were subsequently kicked off the stage after one song when Gibby Haynes urinated on a seal Seal.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 14 May 2016 20:29 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

1700. Arrival is a 2016 science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma. It is the story of a mysterious vessel, populated by apparently alien life forms, hovering just above the surface of Earth. After working for some time on communicating with the creatures aboard the vessel, the team of linguist Louise Banks (Adams) and physicist Ian Donnelly (Renner) are able to ascertain that what they're dealing with is ABBA in a helicopter.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 14 January 2017 13:39 (one year ago) Permalink

1701. Rick Parfitt of Status Quo enjoyed an illustrious parallel career as an academical philosopher, using the lightly-modified name of "Derek Parfit" because of stipulations in the band's contract with their manager. To his and his family's astonishment, neither "Parfit"'s employer Oxford University nor the wider world ever caught up on the double life, and a few days after Parfitt's death on Christmas Eve 2016, the family had to make a separate announcement of "Parfit"'s death to avoid further confusion.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 08:05 (one year ago) Permalink

1702. Ariana Grande killed a man on the set of Victorious, but she wasn't convicted after her lawyers argued it was self-defence.

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:25 (one year ago) Permalink

1703. The beige circle that cover's the woman's head on the cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is actually a close up shot of Robert Schneider's scrotum

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:08 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

1704. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is about a man afraid of getting a BJ from the sun.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 14 May 2018 01:25 (one week ago) Permalink


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