Blinded by the Lyrics: Behind the Lines of Rock and Roll's Most Baffling Songs (Google eBook)

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Citadel Press, 2005 - Music - 195 pages
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The ultimate book for every music fan who has ever sped down the highway with the top down wailing right along to the Band's "The Weight" ("I Will fix your rack, if you take Jack, my dog) and wondered what in the world those guys were talking about, Blinded by the Lyrics lifts the veil from the most obscure, perplexing, and downright goofy lyrics from the 1960s to the late 1990s. In the only book to ever decode these lyrics' real meanings, music expert and author of 99 Red Balloons, Brent Mann offers fascinating inside stories behind hundreds of rock lyrics, as well as the stories behind some of the weirdest band names of the last fifty years. In Blinded by the Lyrics, rock fans will find the fascinating, often hilarious explanations behind rock & roll's quirkiest, most head-scratching lyrics of all time. Who are the Jester, King and Queen in Don McLean's enigmatic classic "American Pie"? What inspired the lyric "You're what? Tin roof--rusted!" in The B-52s' 1989 hit, "Love Shack"? What was Bruce Springsteen smoking when he wrote "And little Early-Pearly came by in her curly-wurly" in "Blinded by the Light"? And what, exactly, is a "a real estate novelist" in Bill Joel's 1974 song "Piano Man"? As informative as it is entertaining, this is essential reading for all rock fans and for anyone who has ever been left wondering why having "a bustle in your hedgerow" is no cause for alarm...
  

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Contents

Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo
11
Crackerbox Palace by George Harrison
28
Life During Wartime by Talking Heads
40
Luigi Russolo on the American pop charts
53
Any Major Dude Will Tell You by Steely Dan
66
Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
79
Saved by Zero by The Fi0t
93
Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
108
Rock the Casbah by The Clash
133
Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack
139
Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth
145
Its the End ofthe World as We Know It And I Feel Fine
151
Roses by OutKast
157
Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
164
Piano Man by Billyjoel
168
Copyright

Am by Edie Brickell 81 New Bohemians
122

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About the author (2005)

Brent Mann is the author of 99 Red Balloons ... and 100 Other All-Time Great One-Hit Wonders. He worked as a Top-40 disc jockey in the late 70s through the mid 80s. He has been a professional writer for almost twenty years, writing comedy material for Jay Leno and National Lampoon. In addition to comedy writing and performing, Mann has been a speechwriter for several high-tech corporations. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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