Ongoing History Daily: Some random music factoids

Here are three bits of information you can use to impress your friends and win bar bets. 

One of the most popular Beastie Boys songs of all time is “Sabotage” from the Ill Communication album.  Great track–but it was a pain to write.  It was the last song finished for the album–and for the better part of a year, it was an instrumental that went by the title “Chris Rock.” 

Number 2:  The Clash once allowed one of their songs to be used in a commercial for jeans.  Levi’s licensed “Should I Stay or Should I Go” back in 1991. 

And factoid number 3: “Wonderwall” by Oasis is NOT about Noel Gallagher’s now ex-wife, Meg Matthews.  And that’s not Meg on the cover of the CD single.  He said he wrote it about an imaginary friend who was coming to save him from himself.  Now you know.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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