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  1. If you haven't done so already, dig into the Who's Who's Next album.
  2. Or "Route 66." There's also "Heart Of Rock And Roll" by Huey Lewis. I'm 80% sure they customized that, so radio stations played versions that mentioned local citys.
  3. Jenni- Glad you like the Top 10 list. It's not broken, it just seems like Night Moves has a lot of fans. Hopefully we'll see a bunch of different songs up there each day. I like your Woodstock. Carl
  4. For reasons I can't really explain, Lionel Richie's Back To Front album.
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    Concert Venues.

    Here in CT, we have a venue problem. There are some great 700-1000 seat clubs, a wonderful 5,000 seat theater, a big outdoor venue and the good ole' Hartford Civic Center, which shows up on the Rock And Roller Coaster ride at Disney World if you're really paying attention. Anyway, there are a lot of great acts that fit nicely into a 3,000 seat theater, and most of them avoid Connecticut. There is a hall in Hartford that holds about that number, and that's where we saw Barenaked Ladies, but they are more of an off-Broadway kind of place and rarely have concerts. It's great being part of
  6. Mike is the guitarist for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. He's the guy who came up with the tracks for songs like "Refugee" and "You Got Lucky." He has also produced many of their songs and worked with Don Henley on "Boys Of Summer" and "Heart Of The Matter." It's rare that you go a day without hearing a song he wrote, produced, or played on. Check out some of these songs: http://www.songfacts.com/factsearch.lasso?category=campbell&-search
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    Colin Hay

    The former lead singer of Men At Work spoke with us about some of their songs. You might be surprised to learn what "Down Under" is really about. This group made some really interesting music that was very popular around the world. By not taking themselves too seriously, they were huge hits on MTV back when the channel was just getting noticed. Here's the link to their songs: http://www.songfacts.com/factsearch.lasso?category=menwork&-search
  8. We were close to getting some real good Songfacts on "Brown Eyed Girl," but for some reason we didn't. From what I can remember, Van hated the song. He put it together as a pop confection to prove he could sell albums if he wanted to, but chose artistic integrity instead. This came after his album Astral Weeks , which is considered a classic, but caused some problems when it was released. If anyone knows more, please post.
  9. We got some Songfacts about "Knocking On Heaven's Door," which I didn't know was written for a movie - Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. It's such an emotional song, but I guess it was about a character in the film. Anyone know more? Dylan was also in the movie. It's interesting that guys like Dylan, John Lennon and Mick Jagger showed up in a lot of fairly obscure movies.
  10. Aditya from Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the winner of a clean and comfortable Songfacts T-shirt . Here are the answers: What former Beatle appeared in a Madonna movie? - George Harrison. He was in Shanghai Surprise. A lot of people guessed Ringo. What popular singer from the '60s and '70s converted to Islam and stopped recording secular music? - Cat Stevens What magazine has used rappers Nelly, Ludacris, Outkast and Ja Rule as guest photographers? - Playboy This was a tough one. Most guesses were Vibe, Source, Jet or Spin. What band has a mascot named Eddie?
  11. I saw them at a show opening for Johnny Lang. For most of their set, the guitar was over-driven and the whole mix sounded off. After their set, I found out why - one member of the band was sick, so they were reduced to a 3-piece that night. I didn't hear their best stuff, but lots of people have told me they're great.
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    Barenaked Ladies

    Sara and I saw them in New Haven on Nov 13. These guys are really good, and have a very devoted following. I thought they were at their best when they played some of their lesser-known songs. Most groups get a bad response when they play something obscure, but for fans of BNL, I think they welcomed anything out of the mainstream. When they played their hits, they seemed uninterested. I can't blame them for going through the motions on "One Week," but I don't think anyone would have complained if they simply left it out. They did sound convincing on "Brian Wilson," which was great. They also
  13. We haven't heard from Brad in a while, but he was our #1 contributor. As far as I know, Brad was an oldies DJ or involved in oldies radio in some way. He had this massive knowledge of songs, and when Songfacts went online, he finally had a place to unload it. He's had computer issues that have kept him away from time to time, but we hope he gets a chance to come back to the site and check in on the boards. Brad, if you're out there, phone home.
  14. Eggplant, everything you say is true and pretty much makes sense. Simply by entering the list, the songs have a good chance of staying there for most of the day. It's a completely computer-driven process. What's great about the list is that new users can get an idea of what the site is about by checking out the songs. How many times do you go to a website and leave because you have no idea what it does?
  15. As far as I can tell, that song is a commentary on how people will like the tune to a song without actually listening to the words - "It doesn't matter what I say, as long as I sing with inflection." When he sings "The Hook brings you back," he is actually singing the hook of the song. It must get frustrating for a musician to write all these heartfelt lyrics only to have most people ignore them. As Kurt Cobain said - "He's the one who likes all our pretty songs... but he knows not what it means."
  16. In October, Songfacts averaged over 70,000 hits per day. A lot of traffic comes from The Yahoo! Pick we received last year, and we get a fair amount from other sites that have been kind enough to link to us. Our biggest daily hit total was Sept 23, when we were the Cool Site Of The Day. We got 182,000 hits that day. Thanks to everyone who visits and to everyone who helps out by getting us links and spreading the word.
  17. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was definitely a biggie. They used all kinds of camera tricks to get cheesy effects that looked good at the time. Another was "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by pre-freak Michael Jackson. When I asked Colin Hay about the videos by Men At Work, he told me that in England and Australia, videos were big long before Americans jumped on the trend. That's why MTV played all those European bands when they started up. Carl
  18. I love what Q does with music in movies. Traditional thinking is to match the music to the mood of the scene - sad scene, sad song, etc. This works very well most of the time, but kind of tells the viewer how to feel - in a horror movie you always know when you're supposed to be scared because of the music. Quentin turns this on its head by using something that might not seem appropriate, but in some warped way, makes sense. I loved the music in Kill Bill. The "Bang Bang" part was brilliant. Another reason I love his movies - Quentin knows his music. He's willing to use lots of different s
  19. Someone sent us the German lyrics, so if you check the Songfacts lyrics, there should be both English and German.
  20. Could you tell us more about Street Teams? I know they are a huge part of marketing bands. Do they get paid? Free tickets? Meet the band? Just wondering what the motivation is. I do know that record companies worship them. Thanks, Carl
  21. Good question, and great subject line. When many websites go up, they immediately throw up banner ads, pop ups, and whatever else is the new annoying ad form of the moment. There has to be a better way. Our plan is to find a sponsor with a product relevant to music fans and give them some space on the site with a link. I don't think anyone would object as long as it was clearly labeled as a sponsor. We keep our costs down by doing most of the work ourselves. Unfortunately, this leaves us little time for sales presentations and marketing. If anyone has sales experience and can convince a
  22. Here are a few ways to win a clean and comfortable Songfacts T-shirt: Win the Mighty Songfacts Trivia Quiz Help us set up an interview with a prominent songwriter. Win a Nobel prize of any kind. There are other ways, and they usually involve a combination of contributing to Songfacts, coming up with a great idea for the site, and asking nicely. Carl
  23. We did great interviews recently with Rupert Holmes and Eddie Schwartz. Eddie gave us Songfacts for 2 famous songs he wrote - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Don't Shed A Tear." Rupert told us all about "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" as well as "Timothy" and "You Got It All." Check out the Songfacts on them when you get a chance. Carl
  24. I'll tell you, but you have to promise not to hold any of this against me... It's "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles. Some of my friends loved the movie Can't Buy Me Love so much, they had a theme party where you were encouraged to dress up like your favorite character from the film. As we discussed the cultural significance of Patrick Dempsey over our favorite beverages, I kept spouting interesting tidbits about the song - like how it was one of the 5 Beatles songs to hold the top 5 chart positions at once, and how it was a rare song that started with the chorus. After enjoying more of my
  25. Congratulations to Karli from Sydney, Australia. She wins a clean and comfortable Songfacts t-shirt. Here are the answers: Who has written hit songs for The Bangles, Sinead O'Connor and Chaka Khan? - Prince "Manic Monday," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "I Feel For You." Who is the best-selling rapper of all time? - Eminem What was the first Motown song to win a Grammy? - "Cloud Nine" by The Temptations (1969) Who were the first married couple to guest star on The Simpsons? (at least one was a musician) - Paul and Linda McCartney Sonny and Cher was a popular
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