“Losing my religion” is an old phrase from the Southern USA meaning someone’s about to lose their temper or reach the end of their rope.
James Jamerson, regarded as the greatest electronic bass player ever, recorded Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, while being flat on his back as he was too intoxicated to stand upright. He was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s and early 1970s.
In 2008 and at the age of 45, Flea, bass player of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, enrolled as a freshman at University of Southern California’s music program to learn the academic side of music.
When Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered, it was so new and innovative that some music critics didn’t accept it, and one even called it “monstrous and tasteless.”
“Hit Me Baby One More Time” was written by a Swede who meant the chorus to mean “hit me up on the phone one more time” but mistranslated it.
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police is supposed to be about someone obsessed with a lost lover, and who stalks them. Sting, who wrote it, is troubled by how many people think it is a love song.
In 1971 Pink Floyd played a show in London that was so loud it killed all the fish in a lake 100 yards away.
The Dixie Chicks are still de facto “banned” from country music radio due to criticizing President Bush back in 2003. Their music is never played on many country stations.
In 1997, three composers created “The Most Unwanted Song” based on an opinion poll of annoying musical elements. It includes bagpipes, a opera singer rapping about being a cowboy, children singing about Christmas shopping at Walmart, and much more. It is twenty two minutes long.
They also recorded “The Most Wanted Song”.
The famous Jeopardy “Think!” theme was composed by the show’s creator Merv Griffin in less than a minute as a lullaby for his son. By 2005, he had made over $70 million dollars in royalties from that song, the equivalent of a Jeopardy contestant winning every game for about a decade.