The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 781: Rock’n’Roll Myths

Myths and legends come in all sizes. Atlantis: That’s a big one that we can’t seem to wrap our heads around. “Feed a cold, starve a fever” is one we’ve all heard—but turns out that’s wrong. Depriving yourself of calories may make it harder for your body to fight off that infection or virus. Then there are these gems:

  • “We only ever use 10% of our brain.” That’s wrong, tool, Neuroscience has proven that to be false. The right number may be 20%–but there’s a lot of dispute over that.
  • Here are some other myths I’ve run across:
  • Don’t feed pigeons uncooked rice or they’ll blow up. (False)
  • The Great Wall of China isn’t the only man-made object that can be seen from space. (False)
  • Men think about sex every seven seconds. (Untrue. There is no basis in any scientific literature that it happens every seven seconds. If it were true, we’d never get anything done.)

There are also myths and legends in music, too. Robert Johnson’s pact with the devil at the crossroads. Gene Simmons of KISS did not have a cow tongue grafted onto his. Jim Morrison, Biggie, Tupac and Elvis are most certainly very dead, but Paul McCartney is still very much alive.

But what about the alt-rock word? What kind of myths and legends lurk there? You may be very, very surprised.

Songs included in this show:

Marilyn Manson, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Sid Vicious, My Way

Clash, Rock the Casbah

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, Dancing in the Street

Police, The Bed’s Too Big Without You

White Stripes, Joline

Flaming Lips, Is David Bowie Dead?

U2, Pride (In the Name of Love)

William Burroughs & Kurt Cobain, The Priest They Called Him

Eric Wilhite had prepared this Spotify playlist.

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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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