Who Played the Guitar Solo on Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic?

Song: Eat It (1984) Artist: Weird Al Yankovich Label: Scotti Brothers Writers: Michael Jackson, Al Yankovic Just as Michael Jackson’s album Thriller and the mega-hit Beat It was reaching its height, propelled by MTV and the 1984 Grammy Award for Record of the Year as well as a vocal performance Grammy for Jackson, Weird Al … Read more

Did the Kinks Invent Guitar Distortion with You Really Got Me?

The answer is a resounding NO! The Kinks and specifically Dave Davies of the Davie brothers did not invent the concept of guitar distortion. The fact is that guitarists have been intentionally overloading their amps to create distortion for pretty much as long as amplifiers have been around. The Kinks happened on a sound that … Read more

American Girl Lyrics Meaning – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Song: American Girl (1976) Artist: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Album: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Shelter) Writer: Tom Petty Although American Girl never charted in the U.S. the first time it was released in 1976, it has become one of the favorite Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs of all time. It is considered … Read more

Who Did the Song “I Love Rock n’ Roll” First Before Joan Jett?

Song: I Love Rock ‘n Roll (1982) Artist: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album: I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Boardwalk) Writers: Jake Hooker, Alan Merrill Joan Jett has had a storied career. Before she was the frontman of her own band, she was a part of the band The Runaways, famous for such songs as “Cherry … Read more

Meaning of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Song: Seven Nation Army (2003) Artist: The White Stripes Album: Elephant Labels: V2, XL, Third Man Writer: Jack White I read a curious line about the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army on American Songwriter: “There’s no disputing that the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” is better known for its iconic guitar line than its … Read more

Who Did ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ First Before Led Zeppelin?

Song: Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (1962) Artists: Joan Baez, Led Zeppelin Album: In Concert Writer: Anne Bredon When you hear Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin, you may not realize that the song started out as a folk song. This in itself is not surprising since Led Zeppelin was heavily influenced by folk. Songs … Read more

Every Breath You Take Meaning

Song: Every Breath You Take (1983) Artist: Police Album: Synchronicity (A&M) Writer: Gordon Summer (Sting) I cringe every time I hear someone covering The Police song (by Sting) Every Breath You Take or using it as part of another song. The reason this is so cringeworthy is that people use this song as if it … Read more