33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 42)



A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information.This week we’re excited to have on the awesomely talented Gregory Brothers (http://www.youtube.com/user/schmoyoho) to take a look at some of the fascinating tales behind your favorite songs.

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34 thoughts on “33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 42)

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Joel's "Uptown Girl" is about his ex-wife Christie Brinkley… Jeez…

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Billy Joel wrote Uptown Girl for Elle McPherson really discounts everything else about this video.
    For shame!

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    when the comment section its better than the video

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Why do they have a filter that makes it look much more dreary then it normally does… The. It does??? Ok, it does not look dreary normally, but in this vid it does…..u know why it means?

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    It's nice to see Austin Powers is enjoying a career in music these days.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    That is not what a busy signal sounds like, at least where I live.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Is it just me or does this look green screened?

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    They look like creepy president candidate children

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    The song American Woman was originally an improvisation by Burton Cummings and The Guess Who at a curling rink. Cummings was late so the band was jamming on stage to quiet down the increasingly impatient crowd. Burton then jumped on stage and improvised lyrics to the band's improvised music.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    billy joel song uptown girl was written about his wife (now former) christie brinkley,he refuses to play the song live since the divorce.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    The dude with the glasses has a very soothing type of voice. Probably why he sings well. 🙂

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    "Satisfaction" was also written after the Stones got booed off the stage during their first ever show in the US, at Georgia Southern University. Everyone there at the time was into country, and that's still largely true, unfortunately.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Am I the only one who won't watch an episode if it's not hosted by John Green?

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    If that a Capella busy tone was how phones actually sounded, I doubt I'd hang up.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Gordon Lightfoot wrote a song about a ore hauler that sank.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Singing they're great, but the narrative work isn't clear. They kind of mumble.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    You mention Layla, but you don't mention Wonderful Tonight. Both written by Eric Clapton for Pattie Boyd. George Harrison also wrote I Need You and Something about her. That woman was a muse!!!

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Some corrections:

    The R.E.M. song inspired by the Dan Rather incident transposed the original quote. The assailants actually asked Rather “Kenneth, what is the frequency?” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Rather#.22Kenneth.2C_what_is_the_frequency.3F.22

    The actual title of the Rolling Stones song mentioned is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
    (It’s a big no-no to put quotes around something if it is not properly quoted.)

    The image of Eric Clapton dropped into the screen during the “Layla” (#18) description is misleading; it’s reversed, showing Clapton playing guitar as a lefty but he is a right-handed guitar player.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    They might be wrong about # 29??? I was always under the impression that Uptown Girl was written about Christie Brinkley; whom Billy Joel eventually married.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    What a waste of what could have been something good. I just want to know about the song's origin, and not have to watch these idiots.  

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Similar to Nilsson using a busy signal for "One Is A Lonely Number", the Bee Gees wrote "Jive Talkin'" based on the rhythm of their car driving over the expansion joints in a bridge.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    I hope they include how "Puff the Magic Dragon" got it's lyrics. (Hint: it's plagiarism, but not really 'cos the writer got paid)

    edit: Dang it! Well, the story goes that what's-his-name found a poem written by his roomate in college I think and later he turned that into a song.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Tommy James of Tommie James and the Shondals was apparently suffering from writers block one day sitting in a New York hotel room when he glanced out the window and saw the acronym title for the Mutual of Omaha New York building…"M.O.N.Y". And thus the song Mony Mony was born. Alter to be re-popularized by Billy Idol.

  • September 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    I think Sarah made an error at 8:03. It was "Part of Me" that was written for Russel Brand after she broke up with him. But I do think she'll release a break up song for John Mayer sometime soon. 

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