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  • Dark Side of The Moon (A Pink Floyd album) stayed on the top 200 Billboard charts for 741 weeks. That's 14 years.

  • Depeche Mode is named after the magazine of the same name and that name roughly translates as Fashion News.

  • More than 2,500 cover versions of The Beatles' "Yesterday" exist, making it the most recorded song in history.

  • Gene Simmons of KISS is a former elementary school teacher.

  • James Brown's wife tried to get her traffic tickets dismissed because of "diplomatic immunity" in June of 1988. She claimed her husband is the official "ambassador of soul". She lost the case.

  • Ian Curtis from Joy Division used to have seisures on stage that people used to think were just part of the act.

  • Jimi Hendrix was thrown out of high school for holding the hand of a white girl in class.

  • "La Bamba" , the 1958 million seller for Ritchie Valens is a traditional song that can be traced back as far as the 14th century. The tune was picked up by the people of Mexico after they heard homesick African slaves singing about their village of "Mamamba" in the 1800s.

  • A total of one million tickets, valued at US$40 million (25,078,370), were sold on the first day (March 25, 2000) for *NSync's No Strings Attached 2000 US tour, selling out 51 of their 52 dates. This makes the tour the fastest selling in history.

  • Although it is often considered a Rock and Roll anthem, "My Generation" by The Who, only reached # 74 on the U.S. record chart.

  • At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the union only lasted seventeen months. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother, Mandy.

  • Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson once had a giant sandbox built around his piano, so he could feel the sand beneath his feet for song writing inspiration.

  • British band Def Leppard played on three continents - Africa, Europe, and North America, on October 23, 1995. Each of the concerts lasted for at least one hour and was attended by 200 or more people. The first began at 12.23 am in Morocco. The band then flew to London for the second concert and finished in Vancouver, Canada, at 11.33 pm on the same day.

    By: Martin Petkovski

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      Head BANGER 81
      Gruesomania wrote: Head BANGER 81 wrote: For the Rolling Stones one that would make him the father-in-law to his former mother-in-law not stepfather to stepmother No it wouldn't. He got it right.
      My bad. I didn't see that it said Stephen there. That is correct. Bill was father-in-law to his former mother-in-law though, and I thought it was supposed to be about him. Although the most interesting relationship, I think, is the fact that Bill's former wife became his step granddaughter
      MacMan2001
      willem93 wrote: "The name Depeche Mode came from Dave much later. He was doing fashion design and window display and used the magazine Depeche Mode as reference. It means hurried fashion or fashion dispatch. I like the sound of that." -David Gahan So there you go.
      I heard that Martin came up with the name when the band were in France and he saw the magazine in a shop.... see how many different versions there are to this story! What I do know is, the magazine took legal action against them but let it slide when they saw how successful DM were.
      AnakinSkySkater
      i haven't heard that much covers of "Yesterday", i thought so far Dylan's "Knocking On Heaven's Door" was the most covered one...
      anorexorcist15
      Didnt know about the rolling stones one. If a 47 year old dated a 13 year old in these times he will be shunned for life...
      guitarsftw
      mastershake575 wrote: Taargus wrote: The Backstreet Boys` album `Millennium` is the 8th best selling album in history. That`s sold more than any Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Who, or Black Sabbath album. Damn your stupid. The Beatles from 1960-65 sold 100 million albums and by 1972 they sold 545 million. THEY'VE SOLD 1.3 BILLION! Actually Zeppelin has sold more than 200 million worldwide. Meanwhile "Millenium" only went 13x Platinum when "The Beatles & "Zep IV" went 19-23x Platinum. Backstreet boys weren't actually THAT popular in the U.S.
      "Millennium" sold 40 million world wide, 14 million coming from within the US. The Beatles and Zep each have an album that sold more copies in the United States, but neither have one that sold more worldwide. And the statement about total sales, not just individual album sales, is irrelevant, as Taargus's post was only saying that Zep, The Beatles, The Who, and Sabbath don't have an album selling as many copies as Millennium did. Which is true. Learn to read before calling someone stupid.
      mastershake575
      Taargus wrote: The Backstreet Boys` album `Millennium` is the 8th best selling album in history. That`s sold more than any Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Who, or Black Sabbath album.
      Damn your stupid. The Beatles from 1960-65 sold 100 million albums and by 1972 they sold 545 million. THEY'VE SOLD 1.3 BILLION! Actually Zeppelin has sold more than 200 million worldwide. Meanwhile "Millenium" only went 13x Platinum when "The Beatles & "Zep IV" went 19-23x Platinum. Backstreet boys weren't actually THAT popular in the U.S.
      jmvn
      At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the union only lasted seventeen months. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother, Mandy.
      I think Stephen didn't actually marry Mandy's mother (I could be wrong), but if he did he married his grandmother in law and basically became his own grandfather....
      Partyboy2k05
      I knew about half of them. Gotta love random facts. Chuck Berry only had one number one song, "my ding-a-ling"
      guitarsftw
      Not much of this surprises me (I didn't KNOW all of it, but I knew some of them) but this was a fun read!
      petkovski
      MacMan2001 wrote: petkovski wrote: MacMan2001 wrote: "Depcher" means 'to hurry', so Depeche Mode translates roughly as "fast fashion", not fashion news. Other than that, great list Some interesting nuggets on there \m/ thanks! and sorry for the mistakes No worries, made a good lunchtime read And there's a lot of debate over the English translation of Depeche Mode anyway, a heck of a lot. In fact, I'm waiting for someone to tell me "fast fashion" is wrong
      I'm sure I'm not the one
      Taargus wrote: The Backstreet Boys` album `Millennium` is the 8th best selling album in history. That`s sold more than any Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Who, or Black Sabbath album.
      But Backstreet Boys' music isn't even nearly as much valuable as Led Zeppelin's not to mention Beatles' music.
      Taargus
      The Backstreet Boys` album `Millennium` is the 8th best selling album in history. That`s sold more than any Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Who, or Black Sabbath album.
      willem93
      Oops edit: David didn't say that sorry for the "-David Gahan" part, it was the interviewer I think who said that in my previous comment.
      willem93
      http://www.tuug.org/~jaakko/dm/dmtekstit... --> CTRL + F --> type in the search field "name" the first hit is this quote below:
      "The name Depeche Mode came from Dave much later. He was doing fashion design and window display and used the magazine Depeche Mode as reference. It means hurried fashion or fashion dispatch. I like the sound of that."
      -David Gahan So there you go.
      MacMan2001
      petkovski wrote: MacMan2001 wrote: "Depcher" means 'to hurry', so Depeche Mode translates roughly as "fast fashion", not fashion news. Other than that, great list Some interesting nuggets on there \m/ thanks! and sorry for the mistakes
      No worries, made a good lunchtime read And there's a lot of debate over the English translation of Depeche Mode anyway, a heck of a lot. In fact, I'm waiting for someone to tell me "fast fashion" is wrong
      Gruesomania
      Head BANGER 81 wrote: For the Rolling Stones one that would make him the father-in-law to his former mother-in-law not stepfather to stepmother
      No it wouldn't. He got it right.
      petkovski
      MacMan2001 wrote: "Depcher" means 'to hurry', so Depeche Mode translates roughly as "fast fashion", not fashion news. Other than that, great list Some interesting nuggets on there \m/
      thanks! and sorry for the mistakes
      Head BANGER 81 wrote: For the Rolling Stones one that would make him the father-in-law to his former mother-in-law not stepfather to stepmother
      I am not English so I don't know the relations that well
      Head BANGER 81
      For the Rolling Stones one that would make him the father-in-law to his former mother-in-law not stepfather to stepmother
      MacMan2001
      "Depcher" means 'to hurry', so Depeche Mode translates roughly as "fast fashion", not fashion news. Other than that, great list Some interesting nuggets on there \m/
      that guy Strife
      MacMan2001 wrote: "Depcher" means 'to hurry', so Depeche Mode translates roughly as "fast fashion", not fashion news.
      Ah oui ? Regarde dans le dictionnaire et dis-moi ce qu'est une dpche, pauvre cloche. Ou encore tape ''depeche'' sur Google. Actually, a depeche is meant to be urgent news. A commander at war will receive a depeche (hand-written letter) via runner from his general. I can also be used as a verb to mean ''hurry'' (dpche-toi = hurry up) but Depeche Mode definitely doesn't mean ''fast news''. People who think they know how to speak French only to prove themselves wrong are very irritating. Nice article !