Blaze Of GloryJon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi earned his first movie credit – Young Guns II – by writing “Blaze Of Glory” for the film.
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Hungry HeartBruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen originally wrote “Hungry Heart” for The Ramones, but decided to keep it for himself on the advice of his producer and manager, Jon Landau.
Peter Gunn ThemeHenry Mancini
“Peter Gunn” was the first TV theme to hit the Hot 100.
Where Everybody Knows Your NameGary Portnoy
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.
Friends In Low PlacesGarth Brooks
“Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks was written by two Nashville songwriters after a meal in a local restaurant. One of them forgot his money, but said not to worry, “I have friends in low places. I know the cook.”
Hot For TeacherVan Halen
The voice of Waldo in Van Halen”s “Hot For Teacher” video was the late Phil Hartman of Saturday Night Live Fame.
Matthew Wilder – “Break My Stride”They”re Playing My Song
Wilder”s hit “Break My Stride” had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.
Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews
Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.
Jonathan Cain of JourneySongwriter Interviews
Cain talks about the divine inspirations for “Don”t Stop Believin”” and “Faithfully.”
JJ Burnel of The StranglersSongwriter Interviews
JJ talks about The Stranglers” signature sound – keyboard and bass – which isn”t your typical strain of punk rock.
John WaiteSongwriter Interviews
“Missing You” was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.
Chrissie Hynde of The PretendersSongwriter Interviews
The rock revolutionist on songwriting, quitting smoking, and what she thinks of Rush Limbaugh using her song.