Tall Tales in Music Mythology

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When MTV Still Contributed to Music/Make Norway Kvlt Again

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Randy tells the stories behind MTV Unplugged, and Jon tells the story of a Norwegian black metal musician who got elected to office.

Alice and The King/What’s the (Gray) Matter, Man?

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Did Alice Cooper almost shoot Elvis Presley in the head? Did Henry Rollins really keep pieces of his murdered friend's brain?

The Name Game (Part 1)

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Part 1 in our series exploring how several famous bands got their names.

Breakin’ the Law/A Hateful Break

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Did Judas Priest start a riot in New York City? Did Kurt Russell really smash a priceless guitar on the set of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight?

The Writing’s On the (Stairwell) Wall/From Take Out to Takin’ Care of Business

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Did Steven Tyler write the lyrics to "Walk This Way" on the wall of a stairwell? And did Bachman-Turner Overdrive really get a pizza delivery guy to record the piano part on "Takin' Care of Business"?

Braddah Iz Only Needs One Take

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Did Israel Kamakawiwo'ole really record his medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" in just one take?

Sixx Degrees of Rockstardom/Bloody KISSes

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Randy looks at some of the craziest exploits of Nikki Sixx's career, and Jon explores the myth of KISS's comic book being printed with real blood.

The Internet: Spoiling Movies Since At Least 1999/Life Imitating Art’s Art

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How did Weird Al learn the plot of "The Phantom Menace" before it hit theaters? And was Everclear's mid-'90s hit "Santa Monica" about singer Art Alexakis' girlfriend's suicide?

Kurt and Stimpy/A Different Kind of “Backstage Pass”

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Did Kurt Cobain write the theme song to "Ren and Stimpy"? Did Stevie Nicks pay a roadie to administer her cocaine in an unconventional way?

American ‘Pac/A New Definition of “Acidic” Coffee

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Did Don McLean directly influence the history of rap? And did the Grateful Dead accidentally give LSD to Hugh Hefner?