Like A Hurricane

A red rosette with 'Music Facts!' in the middle of it in goldAt a loose end in Reading after a Marvin, Welch & Farrar gig he had planned to attend was cancelled Neil Young spent the evening watching snooker at The Hexagon where a match involving Alex Higgins inspired him to write ‘Like A Hurricane’.

Ding Dong

Actor and singer Bob Fish found success in the late nineteen seventies as one of an ensemble of vocalists fronting Doo-wop revivalists Darts and also playing Vila Restal in the BBC television series Blake’s Seven.

Bob Fish with the original line up of Darts and Series 3 & 4 cast of Blakes 7

Music Facts Bonus!

A rosette with 'Music Fact!' on it to indicate that this is in fact a 'music fact', however unreliable.Darts fan Derek Dick chose ‘Fish’ as his stage name with the rock band Marillion in tribute to Bob who was his biggest singing influence.

Get It On

A red rosette with 'Music Facts!' in the middle of it in goldKenneth Williams aficionado Nick Cave had wanted to name his spin off group after the Rambling Syd Rumpo song ‘The Grungerman Of Lowestoft’ but a number of releases had already been made using that moniker by Wolfgang Voigt in the 1990s. So he chose Grinderman instead.

Rambling Syd Rumpo, The Grungerman of Lowestoft

C’est Chic

A red rosette with 'Music Facts!' in the middle of it in goldThe American band Chic was formed by ex-members of The Chicago Transit Authority who left after a change of musical direction and the shorting of the name to that of the titular Illinois city.

Power To All Our Friends

Cover of the Cliff Richard single Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha with him sat in a wooden chairThe first popular music song to deal openly with transgender issues was Cliff Richard’s ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’, a top ten hit in the UK and perhaps surprisingly a number one in the more socially conservative Eire.

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From Birdsville To Eternity

A red rosette with 'Music Facts!' in the middle of it in goldThe Australian band Boys Next Door, later known as The Birthday Party, were named ironically as all the members lived in the sparsely populated outback where ‘next door’ could be many miles away.

Don’t You Love It All

Poor sales in the USA of the first Blancmange LP ‘Happy Families’ were attributed to the misfiling of the release in the children’s section of record shops.

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Alejandro Valverde winning the 2014 La Flèche Wallonne road cycling race
Alejandro Valverde winning La Flèche Wallonne in 2014. Photo by Graham Watson
Keen cycling fan Lady Ga Ga’s initial inspiration for her song Alejandro was the Spanish road racer Alejandro Valverde Belmonte.

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