37 Fascinating Facts About The Music Industry

37 Fascinating Facts About The Music Industry

What do you do when a critic calls your music “daft punky trash"? What do The Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay, Devo, and the Windows startup music all have in common? Which of Michael Jackson's songs took up so much mental real estate that he didn't realize his car was on fire while he was driving it? Which book was the band Coldplay named after? What in the world has the oldest Jonas been up to for the last few years? What's the translation of the spooky-as-hell Tool song recorded in German? Which Celine Dion ballad was written by Dee freakin' Snider? What silly translation error led to one of Britney Spears' biggest hits? What exactly is Kenny saying during the South Park theme song? How did David Lee Roth spend his days during his 20-year hiatus from Van Halen? How is it possible that one of Pink Floyd's druggiest songs actually isn't about recreational drugs?

The answers to those, and SO many more, below!

Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5 It may seem like a relationship song, but it's actually about the band feeling suffocated by their record label who was making them write more songs. It paid off. CRACKED.COM


Closing Time by Semisonic D U 20A - PU Although the song seems to clearly be about leaving a bar, it's actually a metaphor for being born, in anticipation for frontman Dan Wilson's upcoming fatherhood. CRACKED.COM


Bruce Dickinson is my copilot IRON MAIDEN CRACKED.COM Dickinson has flown the band's jet while on tour on multiple occasions. Не even became a pilot (and marketing director!?) of an airline that, bewilderingly, no longer exists.


CRACKED.COM Dolly Parton's Jolene was a real woman. Parton kept teasing her husband about a red-headed bank teller who gave him a lot of attention. (Her name wasn't Jolene, though t that name came from a little girl Parton met while signing autographs.)


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