20 unknown fun-facts about music (part one)

20 unknown fun-facts about music (part one)

An astrophysicist guitarist

Brian May, genius guitarist of the group Queen is not only known for his guitar chord skills. He's also a doctor in astrophysics since 2007 and is co-creator of a stereoscope. He's built his own electric guitar, called the Red Special, with parts of washing machines.

"I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky!"

144 times

The number of times that "around the world" is repeated in the track of the same name from the worldly French duo, Daft Punk.

Nobody beats Jimi

At a concert in London in 1966, Jimi Hendrix took to the stage to play alongside Eric Clapton, who was at the time nicknamed "God" for his talents as a guitarist. The talented Jimi Hendrix played Howlin Wolf's "Killin' Floor" with his teeth (yes, teeth!) and just as impressive with his guitar behind his head. Clapton was so impressed, not to mention devastated, by Hendrix's performance that he left the stage and returned home, thinking that his career was over. Fortunately both geniuses of the six strings managed to survive in the music world and create alongside the other!

Chin up Eric, you're pretty awesome!

Cows prefer REM to the Beatles

Cows produce more milk when listening to REM's "Everybody Hurts."

There's no accounting for musical taste!

Mick Jagger and the Beatles

Mick Jagger sings backup in the Beatles hit "All You Need."

Lose Yourself

The song "Lose Yourself, from Eminem, on the soundtrack of "8 Miles" was written in one sitting during a filming break when the rapper wrote the three verses. This song proved a success and received the Oscar for Best Original Song, the first of the genre to win this prestigious award.

The lost flying pig of Pink Floyd

Algie was the given name to the helium-filled giant pig that was supposed to grace the cover of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album. The idea was to fly over the Battersea Power Station (on the cover) and take a picture. But because of a gust of wind, Algie was blown away, never to have the fame known to his music counterparts. During his windy journey, he blocked London Heathrow Airport because he was flying through the air corridors and was finally found, crushed, on a farm in Kent.

"To infinity and beyond!"

Family conflict amongst the Morrisons

Jim Morrison, leader of The Doors, was one of the most vocal opponents of the Vietnam War. Ironically, his father, George Morrison, was the American admiral responsible for the Tonkin incident, which triggered the Vietnam War.

James Brown, a not-so-very-nice boss

James Brown, nicknamed the "Godfather of Soul," was known for his strict demands. One of them was particularly severe: his musicians had to play to perfection otherwise risk being fined (a system concocted by Brown) from $10 to $1,000, or worse, the ejection of the player from the band.

They don't call him "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" for nothing.

Jean-Michel Jarre, a jingle expert

The Oxygen album of Jean-Michel Jarre, released in 1976, has become one of the references of electronic music. The title "Oxygène Part IV" of the album was originally an advertising campaign to Extol the extension of the east french highway.