Monday, 17 February 2020
5 Songs with Bizarre Background Stories
What makes one write songs? Or, What makes one write some amazing lyrics? For example, when Clapton wrote "Would you know my name, If I saw you in heaven?" you must have been absolutely touched. Also, you must wonder what made him write such a line, unfortunately for Clapton, he wrote Tears in Heaven for his four year old son who tragically died falling from a window of a 53rd floor apartment. Here are some of the true and bizarre background stories behind some of the famous songs you must have heard and loved.
Believe it or not, the inspiration behind “Smells like teen spirit” is a deodorant. A friend of Kurt Cobain had written a phrase on his wall “Kurt smells like teen spirit” referring to him smelling like woman’s deodorant which his then-girlfriend wore. However, Kurt did state that the phrase teen spirit sounded like it had a deeper and a revolutionary meaning, so he wrote that song. Well, always look on the brighter side.
Another Clapton classic which he wrote during his time with the band ‘Derek and the Dominoes’. Although the inspiration was from a 7th century story of unrequited love it also had another hidden meaning. He wrote the song with Pattie Boyd in mind with whom he had fallen deeply in love but at the time was married to The Beatles musician George Harrison. The couple ended up splitting and in the end, Clapton married Boyd. What a tragic and yet happy ending.
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