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Music History #5: “I Don’t Like Mondays”

“I Don’t Like Mondays” Written by Bob Geldof (1979) Originally sung by The Boomtown Rats The Music It may be the catchiest murder ballad of all time. Laced with baroque piano flourishes and a call-and-response style chorus, the song is an earworm that makes you feel a little guilty for singing along. After all, you are echoing [...]

Tori Amos’ Real-Life Stint as a Cornflake Girl

Long before Tori Amos sang “Cornflake Girl,” she was Cornflake Girl. Back in 1984, when Tori was just 21, she beat out Sarah Jessica Parker to star in ads for Kellogg’s Just Right, a breakfast cereal with flakes, raisins, dates and almonds. Apparently the experience of uttering monosyllabic moans of delight for whole grains wasn’t the [...]

5 Famous Riots and the Art They Inspired

With the chaos in the streets of London this week, we’ve been reading up on other riots in history. One thing several had in common: in addition to wreaking general havoc, they’ve inspired hit singles, feature films and more. 1. The Zoot Suit Riots That swinging, eponymous Cherry Poppin’ Daddies song that was all over the radio [...]

Smells Like (a Lot of) Teen Spirit

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that NIrvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was one of the most popular, if not *the* most popular, song of the grunge era. It became the anthem for that generation — even if the lyrics were mostly unintelligible — and in the last few years it [...]