5 Songs With Lyrics That Shook The World

May 6th, 2013 by
Guns and Roses

5 songs that offended the world

 

Every now and then, we get to hear one song that has lyrics unacceptable to some group or some segment of the society. With half the world cribbing over not having enough freedom of expression, and the other half only being silent, musicians took to themselves to create songs with lyrics that could bring about change. Most of the times, the angst and the free flow of thoughts of the musicians ended up making controversial lyrics. Here are top 5 songs that really shook the world with their lyrics:

God Save The Queen

No, we are not talking of the British national anthem. Even though this song by The Sex Pistols shares its name with the anthem, it is nothing like the latter. It only talks about the Queen being fascist, and how the country doesn’t really have a future. Of course, it hurt the sentiments of a lot of people, considering how much they love their queen. Even though the BBC banned it, it did manage to become a Rock classic.

Money for Nothing

This song by the British band Dire Straits comes from their 1985 album called Brothers in Arms. Mark Knopfler and Sting share the songwriting credits. Even though Knopfler’s idea was to use as realistic lyrics as possible, some people took them to be sexist and homophobic, also a little racist. The lyrics actually originated in an appliance store where a worker was commenting on some music videos playing on the TV, and Knopfler decided to borrow a pen and paper, and started noting them down.

Suicide Solution

When Bon Scott, former AC/DC member passed away because of alcohol abuse, Ozzy Osbourne decided to write a song as a tribute to him, in which he referred to alcohol as ‘suicide solution’. Even though Ozzy is anyway famous for his strong lyrics, things got a little out of the hand with ‘Suicide Solution’, as a teenager shot himself dead while listening to the song. The court however, did not find Osbourne guilty when the parents charged him.

Used To Love Her

This song by Guns ‘n Roses wasn’t really taken well by feminist organizations around the world, because the lyrics clearly stated that a man used to love his wife once, but now he wanted to kill her. Even though the band members said that the song was written as a joke, and there were rumors that the ‘wife’ in the song actually referred to Axl’s dog, which had to be killed later and buried in the backyard, women around the world were pretty offended.

‘Kim’ by Eminem

This is again a song written for a wife, except that this time, it was actually meant for Eminem’s wife Kim, with really mean lyrics, stating how he murdered her, her husband and her stepson. During Eminem’s performance in Detroit, Kim saw the audience’s reaction and tried to commit suicide because of that. Later, she filed a case against the musician for defamation, and for mentioning her violent death in the lyrics of the song.

 

About The Author:

This article is authored by Jim Thomas. He is a music lover and trained guitarist who shares his knowledge and love for music through his articles. He also gives guitar lessons to people who are interested in learning the art of music.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett shows Anthrax what’s up – Video

March 30th, 2013 by
Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett on stage with Anthrax at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is probably one of the most well known heavy metal guitarists of all time. Anthrax is a band that are recognised as one of the great pioneers of the genre. So when these two monstrous forces collided on Thursday (28th of March 2013) at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, it was certainly a spectacle to behold. And better yet we have footage of Kirk Hammett strutting his stuff alongside his fellow rock legends from Anthrax. This is the second awesome guest appearance we’ve talked about this week on our blog. Also both at the same venue. Very unfair. I’ll go make sad faces in a corner and cry because I don’t live nearby. Anyway I digress, Kirk’s appearance delivered a thunderous cover performance of AC/DC’s classic rock anthem “TNT” which is Anthrax’s newly released “Anthems” EP. You can watch the fan-filmed video footage of Kirk and Anthrax below.

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante Spoke to Music Radar recently, where he talked about the band’s recent cover version of AC/DC’s classic track “TNT” “This was Joey’s [Belladonna, vocals] track.” He said “We already had ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ recorded, but he wanted ‘TNT’. I can see why: his voice totally lends itself to this track.” He said smiling.

“AC/DC is probably one of the greatest bands ever.” Claimed Benante enthusiastically “They came in with a certain sound, and they’ll end with that same exact sound. They never altered it; they just stayed true to what they were. To me, that’s an honest-to-goodness rock ‘n’ roll band.”

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Anthrax share the stage with Kirk Hammet for AC/DC’s classic anthem TNT

Benante continued “It would have been obvious to pick something off of ‘Highway To Hell’ or ‘Back In Black’, and so we didn’t. [laughs]” Benante then went on to talk about his dedication to keeping the track as faithful to the original as possible “I studied every Phil Rudd lick, and I did not go overboard with anything. I played exactly what he played on ‘TNT’. You can’t do a fast drum fill on the song — it’ll stand out as being out of place. I laid it down, pulled it back, and that was that.”

Anthrax’s long-awaited, eight-track EP “Anthems”, pays tribute to some of the band’s favorite acts from the 1970s. The EP sold relatively well at around 8,500 copies in the United States, during its first week which went on to debut at 52nd on The Billboard 200 chart.

Anthrax’s latest full-length offering, entitled “Worship Music”, sold a massive (by today’s standards) 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 12. Which out performed their last record by by almost 3 times the amount of units sold and charted over 100 places higher. A big positive move for the band.

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