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Neil Young & Paul McCartney - "A Day In The Life"

Neil Young & Paul McCartney A Day In The Life Live From Hyde Park 27th June 2009. The beginning of this song was based on two stories John Lennon read in the Daily Mail newspaper: Guinness heir Tara Browne dying when he smashed his lotus into a parked van, and an article in the UK Daily Express in early 1967 which told of how the Blackburn Roads Surveyor had counted 4000 holes in the roads of Blackburn and commented that the volume of material needed to fill them in was enough to fill the Albert Hall. Lennon took some liberties with the Tara Browne story - he changed it so he "Blew his mind out in the car." Regarding the article about Tara Browne, John Lennon stated: "I didn't copy the accident. Tara didn't blow his mind out. But it was in my mind when I was writing that verse."

David Bowie - "Imagine" Tribute to John Lennon

The last show of the Serious Moonlight tour, 8th December, 1983, was the 3rd anniversary of John Lennon's death, whom Bowie and Slick knew. Slick suggested a few days prior to the show that they play "Across the Universe" as a tribute; but Bowie said, "Well if we're going to do it, we might as well do 'Imagine'." They performed the song on the final night of the tour as a tribute to their friend. John Lennon wrote and recorded this song at his Tittenhurst Park estate in the English countryside where he and Yoko took up residence in the summer of 1969. When they moved to Tittenhurst, The Beatles hadn't officially broken up, but they were on the outs and would never record together again (the last Beatles photo shoot took place there in August, 1969).

Eric Clapton - "Old Love"

Live 1999. Clapton wrote this song with Blues artist Robert Cray. In 1988, after nine years of marriage to Pattie Boyd, Clapton divorced the model and photographer. This song documents the end of their relationship. Boyd told the Guardian newspaper December 13, 2008 that she was hurt that he should write a song about such a sensitive subject. She said: "The end of a relationship is a sad enough thing, but to then have Eric writing about it as well. It makes me more sad, I think, because I can't answer back." Pattie Boyd has been the inspiration for several well-known songs. Her first husband, George Harrison, wrote "Something" about her, Eric Clapton's then unrequited love for the beautiful model was documented in "Layla" and after they'd moved in together, Clapton penned "Wonderful Tonight" for Boyd.

A Flock Of Seagulls - "Ran So Far"

This is the opening song of the album, which is a concept piece about an alien invasion of Earth. The song itself describes a person seeing an attractive female - he becomes anxious and wants to run away from his feelings but he can't forget her. Then they are both abducted by the aliens. Along with Duran Duran, Thompson Twins, and ABC, A Flock of Seagulls was a British pop band who owed their American success almost entirely to MTV. Mike Score, along with the band's bass player Frank Maudsley, were hairdressers, and they put their skills to use in creating that distinctive hairstyle that not only defined the group, but entered the pop culture landscape - witness Samuel L. Jackson's character Jules get a cleverly coiffed young man's attention by yelling "Hey, Flock of Seagulls!" in the movie Pulp Fiction.

Blondie - "Heart OF Glass"

Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (who were a couple) wrote the first version of this song in early 1974, shortly after they first met. They didn't have a proper title for the song, and would refer to it as "The Disco Song." Harry explained on the show Words and Music: "Lyrically, it was about a stalker who was pursuing me, and Chris saved me from him."It wasn't until they recorded this song in 1978 that Stein came up with the title "Heart Of Glass." He didn't know that it was also the title of a 1976 German movie directed by Werner Herzog.

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