Paparokades was a rock band formed by a group of Greek priests in the mid 90s in order to boost tourism to their monastery.
In the operatic song in The Fifth Element, composer Eric Sierra “purposely wrote un-singable things” so she’d sound like an alien. When opera singer Inva Muls came for the part, “she sang 85% of what [Eric] thought was technically impossible”, the rest being assembled in the studio.
The Phil Collins album No Jacket Required is named after an incident at a Chicago restaurant where Collins was denied admittance. Collins later appeared on TV denouncing the restaurant who in turn sent him a sport coat and an apology, saying he could come back wearing whatever he wanted.
To save the Hawaiian culture and people from disappearing, Kalākaua, the last king of the Hawaiian kingdom, went on a world tour in 1881, and travelled to Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, and he became the first reigning monarch to circumnavigate the globe. He met with Edison during that tour and because of that meeting Hawai’i had relatively early adoption of the phonograph. This allowed for recordings of Hawaiian songs from as early as the 1900s/1910s.
Before recordings were available, music stores employed song pluggers. These people were pianists or singers that would play any song on request so patrons could have a preview before buying the sheet music.
The video for Welcome to The Jungle by Guns N’Roses was originally banned by MTV. It took the influence by David Geffen to get it aired for just one time at 4AM EST Sunday. The response was so overwhelming it shutdown MTV’s switchboard. Appetite For Destruction went on to sell 30 million copies.
Roy Orbison wrote the biggest hit of his career after asking his first wife, Claudette, if she needed cash for the market. His writing partner interjected “pretty women don’t need money.” As Orbison watched Claudette go to the market by “walking down the street”, he wrote “Oh, Pretty Woman.”
After Motown mega group The Temptations fired lead singer David Ruffin he snuck on stage during a live show, grabbed the mic and sang a full song, stunning the band and the audience. The band hired more security but Ruffin kept finding ways to sneak on stage, grab the mic, and sing a song.
You’re programmed to love the music you listened to in high school the most. The music we like gives us a hit of dopamine and other feel-good chemicals, and that’s even stronger when we’re young because our brains are developing.
The chemical reaction in glow sticks was discovered by Dr. Edwin Chandross in 1962, but he had no idea the “chemiluminescent” objects were popular at music shows until a Vice interview in 2013. “Is that so?” he said. “Maybe my granddaughter will think I’m cool now.”