Springsteen unconwayhistory.orgvered his very own parking an are as die superstars arrived bei limos, prince didn’t turn nach oben at all, Bob dylan blanked Al Jarreau, und Michael Jackson terrified Lionel Richie. Mark Beaumont tells the behind-the-scenes story of the biggest-selling charity single of all time, with the help of those that were there

Diana Ross jumped in Bob Dylan’s lap. Billy Joel fawned over ray Charles. Lindsey Buckingham disturbed michael Jackson hiding in the bathroom, and Waylon Jennings stormed the end when ns row got too heated. Wie man you placed together, for one night only, ns greatest supergroup ever before conwayhistory.orgnstructed, also with a sign saying “check your egos at die door” at die entrance, sparks room going to fly.

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Such were the scenes weist A&M reconwayhistory.orgrd Studios in Los angeles on 28 january 1985, when die biggest music stars bei America – minus Madonna und Prince, plus Dan Aykroyd – conwayhistory.orgnvened to reconwayhistory.orgrd “We Are die World”, die USA’s price to band Aid’s “Do They know It’s Christmas?”. USA weil das Africa, as the band would be known, was notfall short of spotlight hoggers – among its ranks might be disconwayhistory.orgvered Jackson, Dylan, Charles, Joel, Ross, Bruce Springsteen, paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner. The mögen of Fleetwood Mac’s Buckingham, the Jackson Five, Bette Midler and the table-thumping godfather des rock’s mid-Eighties scarcity relief efforts bob Geldof to be reduced kommen sie mere faces bei a chorus line of 46 stars.

The das lied would end up being America’s greatest moment of music magnanimity – selling 20 million conwayhistory.orgpies, the single raised much more than $63m for aid an the US und Africa, where famine in Ethiopia would claim 1.2 million lives bolzen 1983 und 1985. In the faster days des the conwayhistory.orgoperation charity single, “We Are the World” set in unmatchable gittern – no better conwayhistory.orgllection of superstar artists oase ever conwayhistory.orgngregated bei the exact same studio since. If many subsequent charity single line-ups to be glittering, this one can blind.

“I think it’s pretty timeless,” says kim Carnes, des “Bette Davis Eyes” fame, one of the 21 soloists on die song. “Wherever ich go fans will inevitably speak ‘you were a part des “We Are the World”, what was that like?’ civilization really want kommen sie know the einzelheiten because the das lied made a substantial impact.”

Initially, USA weil das Africa was the brainchild of songwriter und activist harry Belafonte. Shocked von the footage von starving youngsters beamed onto NBC, he started recruiting fellow stars in December 1984 for what he envisaged together a advantage conwayhistory.orgncert zum the starvation relief effort. One von his first calls was to Ken Kragen, direktors of around half of ns highest-charting us artists in the early Eighties.

“When Belafonte referred to as me, the was just two days before Christmas, hinweisen about one or two in the afternoon,” Kragen recalls today. As they spoke, die project morphed into a charity song an the mould of eis Aid instead. “I said, ‘Harry, Geldof showed us the way. We’ve got artists who are bigger an international here und I stand for a conwayhistory.orguple von the biggest… allow me lakers if we can put the together’.”

USA zum Africa’s charity hit einzel would beconwayhistory.orgme America’s greatest augenblicke of musical magnanimity – selling 20 million conwayhistory.orgpies

By ns time he’d reached his customer Lionel Richie’s residence that same day Kragen had already recruited Kenny Rogers, and before he’d finished a meeting through producer dick Clark kommen sie discuss Richie’s job hosting ns 1985 American Music Awards top top 28 januar he’d win on ns idea von reconwayhistory.orgrding the das lied after the awards, since the event would be bringing most of America’s best music stars to LA. Every they needed to do was conwayhistory.orgnvince them kommen sie swing by a studio fairly than an aftershow. Wenig did castle realise castle were around to form the biggest and best supergroup des all time.

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Kragen envisaged Richie creating the lied with Stevie Wonder, und Richie conwayhistory.orgllection about trying zu track Wonder down. “Lionel maintained trying zu get in touch through Stevie every night,” Kragen says. “The next morning, wife gehirn is an a jewellery store, the day prior to Christmas now, and who walks bei looking weil das gifts? it’s Stevie Wonder. That asked gehirn to help him pick the end gifts und Brenda said, ‘Not unless freundin call my husband back.’” At die same time, Kragen caught producer Quincy jones as he was about to board a planen to Hawaii weil das Christmas. “I ask ihm if that would develop it and he immediately says yes. Ich said zu him, ‘Would sie get michael kommen sie perform on die song?’ in 30 minutes or so, Quincy call me back and says, ‘Michael notfall only wants kommen sie do the song, he wants kommen sie write it with Stevie and Lionel.’”

Jackson was riding high on die success des Thriller, the album that would seal his ar as ns biggest artist bei the world, deshalb Kragen knew that pulled turn off one of the greatest conwayhistory.orgups in pop history. “The work after Christmas, or 2 days after, ich get a speak to from Belafonte. That said, ‘So Ken, schutz you to be thinking about what us talked about?’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got a lied written by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie und Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones is producing, und Kenny Rogers, kim Carnes und Lindsey Buckingham oase all agreed to be ~ above it.’” glücklich Christmas, Harry.


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With just a month zu go until ns AMAs, Kragen and his team of 50 set about piecing die line-up together at a furious pace. “I took die Billboard charts und decided ich would notfall go zu sleep every night until ich had conwayhistory.orgnfirmed two artists from the chart,” that says. “I would work my means down die charts. I had ns number one artist, michael Jackson. We thought we would get prince because Sheila e was a good friend of Lionel’s, Lionel was number three, Kenny was bei the oberteil 10, we already had a huge hunk des the top 10.”

The key moment was wie Bruce Springsteen came on board. “John Landau was managing Bruce Springsteen and I knew John,” says Kragen. “I dubbed John and said, ‘Can we get Bruce?’ and he said, ‘Oh my god, Bruce is finishing nach oben two year on die road, touring conwayhistory.orgnstantly.’ ich said, ‘John, you personally space going kommen sie be able kommen sie take credit zum saving millions of lives if freundin get your client to do this.’ ns next thing i know, on 15 January, Jon Landau dubbed me und said, ‘Bruce Springsteen is in,’ and from that day ich never made one more outgoing call. All i did was answer ns phone. Die floodgates opened and mostly i had to turn world down. Ich wanted about 20 people, we ended nach oben with 45.”

Kragen remembers Eddie Murphy’s manager rejecting die request and can’t remind Madonna’s excuse, however cites only john Denver and Joan Baez as artists that didn’t publication but wished he had. “We really should schutz had Baez,” that says. “Jeff Bridges und I were driving the end to direkte Aid together on one des the rehearsal days. Jeff turns kommen sie me and says, ‘You know, Ken, i feel like the seeds that were planted über Bob Dylan and Joan Baez und others an the Sixties and lay fallow an the ‘Me’ generation von the Seventies have now, in the Eighties, damaged through the ground, blossomed, und are bearing fruit.’”

Meanwhile, acconwayhistory.orgrding kommen sie Kragen, Wonder “disappeared” zu Philadelphia, so Richie conwayhistory.org-wrote the das lied over a week in Jackson’s bedroom hinweisen his family home an Encino. In his autobiography Moonwalk, Jackson claimed he already had the root von the song. “I used kommen sie ask mine sister Janet kommen sie follow me into a room with exciting aconwayhistory.orgustics favor a closet or ns bathroom,” the wrote. “I’d sing to her, nur a note, a rhythm des a klasse ... I’d nur hum from ns bottom von my throat. I’d say, ‘Janet, what do you see when freundin hear this sound?’ und this time she said, ‘Dying children an Africa.’ ‘You’re right. That’s what ich was dictating from my soul.’”

Richie called Billboard that the pair would aufführen to national anthems to get a feel zum the enormity des the song – wie man they weren’t being interrupted über unexpected intruders. “I’m on the floor in Michael’s bedroom,” that said. “I don’t think he had actually a bed – he nur slept on the floor. Yes a bunch des albums around die wall ... Und I hear end my shoulder, hhhhhhhhhhhh. There was a goddamn f***ing python. A boa conwayhistory.orgnstrictor, a python, who cares what the beleuchten it was. It was a big-ass, ugly-ass line ... I was screaming. Und Michael’s saying: ‘There that is, Lionel, we unconwayhistory.orgvered him. He was hiding behind die albums.’ i said: ‘You’re out of your freaking mind.’ It took me about two hours to calm mine ass back down.”

With Jackson enthusiastically rushing the end a demo, the lied was perfect on 21 January, ns day prior to the initial reconwayhistory.orgrding session hinweisen Kenny Rogers’ Lion Share reconwayhistory.orgrd Studio. Here, Jones, Jackson, Richie, Wonder (“Stevie walked in and that said, ‘OK, ns here, let’s write ns song,’” says Kragen) and a band including Toto’s david Paich laid under a overview take von the song without trying to perfect it. Quincy jones mailed numbered cassette conwayhistory.orgpies to all von the participants in addition to a note: “My fellow artists... In the years kommen sie conwayhistory.orgme, wie your youngsters ask, what did mommy and daddy do zum the zu sein against welt famine?’, you kann say proudly, this was your conwayhistory.orgntribution.”

Meanwhile, every detail of ns session was plotted in advance. “Quincy said, ‘we can’t leave anything zu chance.’” Kragen remembers. “’You can not let superstar walk into that room with ns slightest uncertainty des what they’re going to do. They will fight end what conwayhistory.orgmponents they think are die best, wherein they’re going to stand. Deswegen we’re going to put on ns music that sings what when.’”

In a bungalow turn off Sunset Boulevard, Kragen and his production team decided ~ above a location zum the conwayhistory.orgnference amid the utmost secrecy. “The einzel most damaging piece of die info is whereby we’re act this,” that said. “If that shows nach oben anywhere, we’ve got a chaotic situation that conwayhistory.orguld conwayhistory.orgmpletely destroy ns project. The moment a Prince, a michael Jackson, a Bob dylan drives up and sees a mob approximately that studio, he will never kommen sie in.“

In fact, it was die age-old battle between pop und rock which virtually destroyed die project at the very tonnage minute. “The night before, at die rehearsal zum the American Music Awards, i was approached von the manager of one von the rock artists,” Kragen says. “He said, ‘The rockers nothing like ns song and they don’t want to gestanden next to die non-rockers on the stage deswegen we’re leaving.’ He didn’t tell me who, that acted prefer all die rockers were going zu leave. I said to him, ‘Look, we’re reconwayhistory.orgrding tomorrow, you’re there or you not.’ they went to Bruce and Bruce said, ‘I came out here kommen sie save lives und feed people, I’m not going anywhere.’ If ns Boss was there, sie had kommen sie remain. He really saved the day.”

In the event only prinz shunned die session, through Huey Lewis acquisition his allotted line. Instead, he sent out Sheila e as his representative while the partied ns night far on Sunset. An Alan Light’s publication Let’s go Crazy, rebellion guitarist Wendy Melvoin would case he didn’t show “because the thinks he is a badass and he wanted to look conwayhistory.orgol, and he feeling like the song zum ‘We Are the World’ was horrible und he didn’t want to be around ‘all those muthaf***as’.”

The 40 greatest das lied lyrics

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The 40 greatest das lied lyrics

Nirvana – "All Apologies"
“I wish ich was like freundin / quickly amused / disconwayhistory.orgver my nest von salt / Everything"s mine fault.” as headbangers v bleeding poets’ hearts, nirvana were singular. However their slower songs schutz beconwayhistory.orgme unjustly hidden as the decades oase rolled by. Has actually Kurt ehepaar even much more movingly articulated his angst und his anger than on die best das lied from your swan-song album, 1993’s in Utero? every Apologies – a mea culpa howled from ns precipice – was directed kommen sie his wife, conwayhistory.orgurtney Love, und their baby daughter, Frances Bean. Six months later, ehepaar would take his very own life. No other conwayhistory.orgmposition an ext movingly articulates ns despair that was set kommen sie devour ihm whole und the chest bursting love he felt zum his family. Its situations are tragic however its message – the loves lingers after we oase gone – zu sein uplifting. EP
“And freundin conwayhistory.orguld have it all / my empire des dirt / i will let sie down / i will make sie hurt.” Trent Reznor’s lacerating diagnosis des his addiction kommen sie self-destruction – he has never evidenced whether or notfall the lied refers to heroin use – would have in unlikely rebirth via johnny Cash’s 2002 conwayhistory.orgver. But all von that ache, torrid lyricism and terrible beauty is already present und conwayhistory.orgrrect in Reznor’s original. EP
“Why zu sein the bedroom dafür conwayhistory.orgld turned away on your side? / zu sein my timing the flawed, our respect run dafür dry?” Basking an its semi-official zustand as student disconwayhistory.org anthem happiness Division’s greatest hit has arguably suffered from over-familiarity. However approached with fresh ears die aching humanity of ian Curtis’s native glimmer darkly. His marriage was falling apart when he wrote the lyrics und he would certainly take his own life soon afterwards. Yet far native a ghoulish dispatch from die brink “Love möchte Tear us Apart” unfurls prefer a jangling guitar sonnet – sad and searing. EP
“They heard me singing und they told me zu stop / Quit this pretentious things and just punch ns clock.” Locating die dreamy underside von suburban ennui was perhaps ns crowning achievement of Arcade Fire und their finest album, the Suburbs. Many artists oase tried kommen sie speak to the asphyxiating conwayhistory.orgnformity von life amid ns manicured lawns and two-cars-in-the-drive purgatory of life in the sticks. But Arcade Fire articulated die frustrations and sense von something better nur over the horizon that will be soon familiar kommen sie anyone that grew nach oben far far from die bright lights, “Sprawl II”’s keening synths gorgeous conwayhistory.orgunterpointed von Régine Chassagne who sings like Bjork if Bjork stocked shelves in a supermarket when studying weil das her degree von night. EP
"I choose my baby hair, v baby hair and afros / i like my negro nose through Jackson five nostrils / Earned all this money however they"ll never ever take the conwayhistory.orguntry out me / I gott hot sauce bei my bag, swag." Beyonce had actually made politically charged statements before this, but “Formation” feel like produziert most explicit. Ns lyrics reclaim ns power in her identity as a schwarz woman from the deep south and have produziert bragging about herstellung wealth and refusing zu forget herstellung roots. Bei a society that still judges women for boasting about their success, Beyonce owns it, and makes a point des asserting her power, including over men. “You might just be a black rechnung Gates in the making,” she muses, but then decides, actually: “I might nur be a black rechnung Gates bei the making.” RO
“Lover, you re welconwayhistory.orgme do notfall / fall to your knees / It’s not Like i believe in / Everlasting love.” Haunted folkie Marling was 16 when she wrote produziert break-out ballad – a divination von teenage heartache v a streak von flinty maturity the punches ns listener in the gut. It’s one von the many conwayhistory.orgruscating anti-love songs des recent background – and a reminder that, Mumford and Sons notwithstanding – ns mid 2000s nu-folk scene wasn’t quite die hellish fandango posterity has actually deemed it. EP
“I’m shedding my edge / to all the kids bei Tokyo und Berlin / I"m shedding my edge to the art-school Brooklynites an little jackets and borrowed nostalgia weil das the unremembered Eighties.” One von the best songs ever written around ageing und being forced zu make gelassenheit with the personen you space beconwayhistory.orgming. Long before ns conwayhistory.orgncept des the “hipster” had gone mainstream, the 30-something james Murphy was lamenting the kühl kids – through their beards and their trucker hats – snapping hinweisen his heels. conwayhistory.orgmes out des his experiences together a too-conwayhistory.orgol-for conwayhistory.orgllege DJ in New York, the das lied functions perfect well as a satire of Nathan Barley-type trendies. But, together Murphy no hope reels off all his cutting-edge influences, it’s die seam von genuine pain to run through ns lyrics that offer it that is universality. EP
“Well freundin know that i love to live with you/ but you make me forget deshalb very much / ich forget zu pray for the gesichtspunkt / and then the gesichtspunkt forget zu pray for us.” freundin conwayhistory.orguld fill in entire ledger through unforgettable conwayhistory.orghen lyrics – conwayhistory.orguplets that reduced you bei half like a samurai blade so that sie don’t even notice what’s happened until freundin suddenly slide into pieces. “So Long, Marianne” was devoted to his lover, Marianne Jensen, who he met on ns Greek island of Hydra in 1960. As die lyrics attest, they eventually passed prefer ships in a long, sad night. She died three months before conwayhistory.orghen, in July 2016. Quickly beforehand he created to produziert his last farewell – a conwayhistory.orgda to ns ballad that had conwayhistory.orgme to define her in the broader world. “Know the I am so nearby behind freundin that if freundin stretch out your hand, ich think you tun können reach mine... Goodbye old friend. conwayhistory.orguntless love, see you down die road.” EP
"An end fitting weil das the start / sie twist und tore our liebe apart." the great pop bromance of our times came crashing down shortly after Carl Barât and Pete Doherty slung your arms roughly each others shoulders und delivered this significant platonic liebe song. Has actually a break-up dirge ever stung deshalb bitterly together when ns Libertines duo conwayhistory.orgunted die ways in which each had betrayed ns other? soon afterwards, Doherty’s spiralling chemistry habit would see ihm booted out von the group und he would beconwayhistory.orgme a national masconwayhistory.orgt for druggy overabundance – a sort des Danny Dyer with track-marks along his arm. Yet he und Barât – und the rest of us – would certainly always oase “Can’t stand Me Now”, a laundry list des petty betrayals that gets freundin right bei the chest. EP
"You"re like my yo-yo/ that glowed bei the dark/ What made that special/ Made the dangerous/ deswegen I ask it/ und forget." few artists usage surrealism as effectively as Kate bush – or attract inspiration indigenous such inexplicable places. Deswegen you oase “Cloudbusting”, about the relationship bolzen psychoanalyst william Reich und his son, Peter, the latter von whom busch inhabits v disarming tenderness. Ns way Peter’s father zu sein conwayhistory.orgmpared zu such a lively childhood memory is a perfect, haunting testimony to die ways we are affected by loss as adults. RO
“I don"t glauben in in interventionist God / But ich know, darling, that sie do / however if ich did i would kneel down und ask er / notfall to intervene wie it came kommen sie you." True, die lyrics spew and conwayhistory.orgo and, conwayhistory.orgmposed down, resemble miscellaneous Robbie Williams can croon ~ above his way rückseitig from the tattoo parlour (“And i don"t believe in the existence of gesichtspunkt /But looking punkt you i wonder if that"s true”). However they are ceded with a straight-from-the-pulpit ferocity from cavern as he lays the end his feelings zum a significant other (opinions are split whether it is directed to die mother des his eldest kid Luke, Viviane Carneiro, or to PJ Harvey, with whom he was briefly involved). He’s gushing every right, yet like lava from a volcano, about zu burn all prior to it. EP
“On days favor this/ in times choose these/I feel bei animal deep inside/ Heel to haunch on bended knees.” Andrew Eldritch is the great forgotten lyricist of his generation. Dominion/Mother Russia was a rumination on the apocalypse and also a critique von efforts to meaningfully conwayhistory.orgmmunicate with die Soviet unionist at ns height of the conwayhistory.orgld War. Ever better, and from die same Floodlands album was “This conwayhistory.orgrrosion” – a track much more epic than watching all 3 Lord die Rings movie from ns top of Mount Everest. Amid die choirs and the primordial guitars, what gives die nine-minute belter its echt power are the lyrics – which might (or may not) allude to the not-at-all amicable leave from ns Sisters von Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams. One of two people way, Eldritch paints forceful pictures bei the listener’s head, especially during ns stream des conwayhistory.orgnsciousness outro, unspooling like an excerpt from HP Lovecraft’s the Necronomiconwayhistory.orgn or the Book des Revelations: the Musical. EP
“It"s alright zu say things kann sein only get better/ freundin haven"t shed your brand new sweater/ Pure new wool, and perfect stitches/ notfall the type of jumper the makes sie itches.” obtained as a novelty ditty top top its debut an – pauses zu feel old – january 1992, die Sultans’ lament for a missing item von woollen-wear has, v time, been revealed together something deeper. The obviously playful und parodying of angst-filled indie lyrics (of i beg your pardon there was no shortage bei the shoe-gazy early Nineties). However there’s a howl von pain woven deep into ns song’s fabric, deshalb that die larking ist underpinned with a lingering unease. EP
“Take me out tonight/Take me anywhere, ich don"t care/I don"t care, i don"t care.” just like Leonard conwayhistory.orghen, you conwayhistory.orguld spend the rest des your job debating ns greatest Morrissey lyrics. But surely there has actually never been a more perfect conwayhistory.orgllection of conwayhistory.orguplets 보다 that conwayhistory.orgntained bei their 1982 opus. That hysterically witty, with the narrator painting death by ten-ton truck as the tonnage word bei romantic demises. But die trademark Moz sardonic wit is elsewhere eclipsed von a blinding light des spiritual torment, resulting in a lied that features both as conwayhistory.orgsmic joke and howl into the abyss. EP
“At night i wake nach oben with ns sheets soaking wet/ und a freight train running with the/ Middle of my head /Only you can conwayhistory.orgol mine desire.” written down, Springsteen lyrics kann – stops kommen sie ensure reinforced stole helmet is strapped top top – read prefer a fever-dream Bud light conwayhistory.orgmmercial. It’s die delivery, husky, hokey, all-believing that brings them to life. Und he has never written more perfectly conwayhistory.orguched verse than this tone-poem around forbidden desire indigenous 1984’s Born in the USA. Springsteen was at that time engaged to actress/model Julianne Phillips though he had already experienced a conwayhistory.orgnnection zu his future wife Patti Scialfa, newly joined die E-Street maßband as a backing singer. Thus the portents von the lied do notfall require deep scrutiny, as lust und yearning space blended right into one des the most conwayhistory.orgmbustible conwayhistory.orgcktails in mainstream rock. EP
“He says he reckons I"m a waterconwayhistory.orglour stain/ the says ich run und then ich run indigenous him und then i run/ that didn"t lakers me the town hall from the aeroplane/ the wiped a tear und then the threw far our apfel seed.” die daughter of a strictly baptist preacher, Amos conwayhistory.orgnstantly conwayhistory.orgmposed about herstellung daddy issues. Dad Lucifer was further inspired von visions she had actually received whilst acquisition peyote through a southern American shaman. Ns result was a feverish delving into familial angst, framed über a prism of nightmarish hallucination. It’s about love, death, God und the dark things in our life we daren’t face – the rush des words yielded with riveting understatement. EP
“I got a letter from die government/ the other day/I opened und read it/It stated they were suckers/ They want me zum their army or whatever/ gemälde me given" a damn, i said never.” years before schwarz Lives Matter, chuck D und Public enemy were articulating the under siege reality of jeden tag existence zum millions des African-Americans. Schwarze farbe Steel, danach conwayhistory.orgvered über trip-hopper Tricky, is a pummelling refusal kommen sie be conwayhistory.org-opted into American’s festland of the Free mythology – a article arguably as pertinent today as wie it kicked down the doors 30 year ago. EP
“First sie get a swimming schwimmbad full von liquor, then you dive an it/ pool full des liquor, then sie dive in it/ i wave a few bottles, then ich watch "em all flock”. Lamar is widely acknowledged as one des conwayhistory.orgntemporary hip-hop’s biggest lyricists. He was never much more searing 보다 on this early conwayhistory.orgnfessional – a rumination top top his poverty-wracked childhood and the addictions that ripped favor wildfire v his prolonged family in conwayhistory.orgmpton und Chicago. There is so an at an early stage warning about die destructive temptations of fame as die young Kendrick zu sein invited zu join i know good hop’s tradition of riotous excess and lose himself in bei acid bath of liquor and oblivion. EP
“A skinny man died of a big conwayhistory.orgndition with a little name/ über chance his girl friend came across a needle and soon she did the same.” Prince’s lyrics had conwayhistory.orgnstantly felt like bei extension des his dreamily pervy persona and, also as die African-American ar bore ns brunt des Reagan-era reactionary politics, prinz was living an his very own world. He crashed zurück to earth with his 1987 masterpiece – and its title track, a stunning zen on gang violence, Aids, political instability und natural disaster. EP
"War, children, it"s nur a shot away/ It"s just a shoot away." nobody captured ns violent tumult of the ende of ns Sixties much better than Mick, Keith and conwayhistory.org. Your one masterpiece to rule them every was, of conwayhistory.orgurse, “Gimme Shelter”. Today, the credit for its uncanny energie largely goes zu Merry Clayton’s gale-force backing vocals. But ns Satanic majesty so flows from ns lyrics – which speak to die pandemonium von the era und the sense that civilisation conwayhistory.orguld kommen sie crashing an at any type of moment. EP
“Once there were mountains on mountains/ and once over there were sun birds zu soar with/ und once i conwayhistory.orguld never be down/Got kommen sie keep searching and searching.” i beg your pardon Bowie lyrics to single out? die gordian mystery des Bewlay Brothers? ns meta horror movie of Ashes to Ashes? ns uncanny tonnage will und testament that was the entirety of Blackstar – a ticking clock von a document that shape-shifted into something else entirely wie man Bowie happen away three days after its release? sie conwayhistory.orguld stay hoch all night arguing so let’s just pick ~ above one of the greats – die trans-conwayhistory.orgntinental odyssey conwayhistory.orgmprising ns title track to Station zu Station. Reconwayhistory.orgrded, goes ns myth, in the darkest days of Bowie’s la drug phase, die track is a magisterial eulogy zum the Europe he had abandoned and which the would soon return to weil das his berlin period. All von that und Bowie makes ns line “it’s notfall the next effects des the conwayhistory.orgcaine…” feel favor a proclamation of ancient wisdom. EP
“She done it through a doctor on a heliconwayhistory.orgpter/ She"s sniffin in her tissue/ Sellin" the Big Issue.” There zu sein shameless revisionism und then there zu sein claiming that Noel Gallagher ist a good lyricist. And yet, it’s ns sheer, triumphant dunder-headedness des Oasis’ biggest zugriffszeiten that renders them deshalb enjoyable. Rhyming “Elsa” with “Alka Seltzer”, as Noel does on this Morning Glory smash, zu sein a gesture von towering vapidity – but there’s a genius in its lack des sophistication. Blur waxing clever, winking at martin Amis etc, might never organize a candle to Oasis gift gleefully boneheaded. EP
“You had actually chemicals boy/ I"ve grown so close kommen sie you/ Boy und you just groan boy.” the ironic “lager, lager, lager” singing somehow came to be one the most bittersweet moments bei Nineties pop. Underworld never wanted kommen sie be stars und actively campaigned against ns release von their conwayhistory.orgntribution to die Trainspotting sconwayhistory.orgre together a single. However there ist no denying the glorious ache des this bittersweet groover – or the punch of karl Hyde’s sad raver stream-of-conwayhistory.orgnsciousness wordplay. It’s the rare tanzen track i beg your pardon reveals surprise depths wie man you sit under with ns lyrics. EP
"And i saw mine reflection bei the snow-conwayhistory.orgvered hills/ Till die landslide carried me down" Stevie Nicks was only 27 wie she created one of the many poignant und astute meditations on just how people adjust with time, und the fear von having zu give nach oben everything you’ve worked for. RO
“She conwayhistory.orgmes zurück to phone call me she"s gone/ together if i didn"t understand that/ as if i didn"t understand my very own bed.” through conwayhistory.orgntributions native Ladysmith schwarze farbe Mambazo und the Boyoyo Boys, Simon’s 1986 masterpiece album zu sein regarded recently as a landmark interweaving von world music und pop. Yet it was also a break-up reconwayhistory.orgrd mourning the end of his marriage des 11 months to Carrie Fisher. Die pain des the separation is laid the end nakedly on die title track, wherein he unflinchingly chronicles die dissolution of the relationship. EP
"Candy conwayhistory.orgme from the end on the island/ in the backroom she was everybody"s darling/ however she never ever lost her head/ Even wie she was giving head/ She says, hey baby, take it a go on the brutal side." Reed’s most famous song paid tribute to all the conwayhistory.orglourful characters he knew in New york City. Released 3 years after ns Stonewall Riots, “Walk ~ above the grausam Side” embraced and celebrated ns “other” an simple, affectionate terms. Ns Seventies represented a substantial shift bei visibility zum LGBT+ people, und with this track, Reed asserted himself together a proud ally. RO
“People speak I"m a one-hit wonder/ yet what happens wie I oase two?/ i washed your dishes, but ich shit bei your bathroom.” the breakdown von a 10 year relationship educated some of the hardest hitting lied on the neu Jersey songwriter’s fourth album. Space We There. She bring away no sinner on die closing monitor – a tale of domesticity rental asunder that lands that punches specifically because des Van Etten’s eye zum a mundane, even grubby, detail. EP
“Jesus died zum somebody"s guilty but notfall mine/ Meltin’ an a pot of thieves/ wild card hoch my sleeve/ special heart of stone/ My sins my own/ castle belong to me” The song that launched a thousand punk bands. It takes three minutes to get kommen sie Van Morrison’s chorus ~ above Patti Smith’s overhaul of “Gloria”, where she lusts after a mädchen she spots through ns window hinweisen a party. Before that, there ist poetry. She snarls und shrieks together though produziert vocal chords might rip. Ns ostentatiousness von the lyrics owes as viel to poets Arthur Rimbaud und Baudelaire together it does to Jim Morrison. RO
“There she stood an the doorway/ i heard the pflicht bell/ and I was thinking kommen sie myself/ This might be sky or this can be Hell.” A cry of gegenwärtig despair from ns great soft-rock goliath des the Seventies. über the tail-end des the decade ns Eagles were thoroughly fed up von one another and jaundiced von fame. The titular – and fictional – hotel California ist a metaphor zum life bei a successful rock band: “You can check-out any kind of time freundin like / however you kann never leave.” die hallucinatory imagery was meanwhile inspired von a so late night drive with LA, die streets empty, in eerie hush hold sway. EP
“Guess who nur got zurück today/ them wild-eyed guys that had actually been away/ Haven"t readjusted that viel to say/But man, I still think castle cats space crazy.” A strut des swaggering conwayhistory.orgnfidence captured in musical form – und a celebration of going back to her roots und reconwayhistory.orgnnecting with die people that matter. Thin Lizzy’s biggest hit was in part inspired von Phil Lynott’s childhood memories of a Manchester criminal gang. The gang members were conwayhistory.orgnstantly bei and out von prison und the das lied imagines one von their reunions – also name-checking their favourite hangout von Dino’s Bar und Grill whereby “the drink will flow und the blood wollen spill”. EP
"I’ll death the first mother ich see/ mine life has actually been too rough/ ns awfully bitter these days/ due to the fact that my parents were slaves." included on herstellung 1966 album wild is the Wind, Simone depicts four personalities – Aunt Sarah, Saffronia, Sweet Thing and Peaches – that represent different parts of the lasting legacy des slavery. Some critics accused her of gyeongju stereotyping, but weil das Simone, it was these women’s freedom zu define themselves that gave them your power. RO
“Digital witnesses/ what’s die point von even sleeping?/ If ich can’t nur it, if freundin can’t seen me/ What’s die point des doing anything?” One of the best das lied written about the illusory intimacy fostered ns internet. St Vincent – aka texas songwriter Annie Clark – was singing around how society media fed our narcissism und gave united state a fake sense des our place bei the world. EP
"Up zum air from the swimming pool/ freundin kneel under to the dry land/ Kiss ns Earth that birthed freundin Gave freundin tools nur to remain alive/ und make it hoch when the sun ist ruined." conwayhistory.org-written v Pharrell and Tyler, the Creator, “Pink + White” was standing out even on in album like frank Ocean’s Blonde. That sings – v a tenderness swaying, nearly resigned shipment – surrealist lyrics the likens a past relationship kommen sie a buchstabe high, from ns perspective of the conwayhistory.orgmedown that follows. RO
“If ich want to lakers the tears bei your eyes/ Then i know that had zu be/ long ago, actually in the drifting white snow/You love me.” Piano-man Wainwright tun können be too ornate for his very own good. Yet how that lands his blows here bei this soul-baring reconwayhistory.orgunting von a violent disagreement v his father. Loudon III, a cult folkie in his own right walked out on die family when Rufus was a child and the simmering resentments had actually lingered on. Castle boiled over weist a share Rolling stein photoshoot throughout which Rufus had actually joked the his dad needed him to acquire into roll Stone and his father had not taken die insult lied down. Ns dispute zu sein here restaged von Wainwright die younger as a raging row at ns dinner table. EP
"Pointed threats, lock bluff v sconwayhistory.orgrn/ self-destruction remarks space torn/ From the fool"s gelb mouthpiece/ the hollow horn plays wasted words/ Proves zu warn the he not busy being born/ ist busy dying." “It’s Alright Ma” ist a conwayhistory.orgrnerstone an Dylan’s career the marks his change from scrutinising politics to sardonically exposing all die hypocrisy in Western culture. He references die Book des Ecclesiastes but deshalb Elvis Presley, and offers up die grim perspective of a einer whose views do notfall fit bei with die world about him. RO
“I don"t wanna talk/ About ns things we"ve gone through/ though it"s hurting me/ jetzt it"s history.” ns first and last word an break-up ballads. Ns conwayhistory.orgnsensus zu sein that it was written über Björn Ulvaeus around his divorce native band-mate Agnetha Fältskog, though he has always denied this, saying “is die experience des a divorce, yet it"s fiction”. Even if it is or notfall he protests too much the impact is searing together Fältskog wrenchingly chronicles a separation from ns perspective des the various other party. EP
"I"m die mild, money-getting style, roll foul/ ns versatile, honey-sticking brutal golden child/ Dwelling bei the verrotten Apple, you get tackled/ Or caught by the devil"s lasso, s*** is a hassle" Nas addresses both himself und his future progeny on one des the finest tracks native his faultless debut Illmatic. Inspired von the scene from Scarface an which Tony montana sees a blimp with ns message “The World ist Yours” during a visit to ns movie theatre, that feeds zurück to the rapper’s own id that certain signs möchte appear zu conwayhistory.orgnvince you that you on the right track. RO
“I don’t have to offer my soul/ he is already an me/ ich don’t need zu sell mine soul/ he is already bei me.” A statement of intent, a zen riddle, a perfect acconwayhistory.orgmpaniment to one des the biggest riffs in indie-dom - ns opening track of the kies Roses’s 1989 debut album was all of this und much more. The lyrics are supremely econwayhistory.orgnomically – just the chorus recurring over und over, really. However these are nevertheless amongst die most hypnotic lines bei pop. Adding poignancy zu sein the rumour that ns Roses created it as in apology kommen sie early fans reportedly aghast that the group had signed a huge fat reconwayhistory.orgrd deal. EP
"When ich get older shedding my hair/ many years from now/ möchte you still be sending out me a Valentine/ date of birth greetings bottle of wine?" There room hundreds des great songs about epic, romantic love, und there space hundreds von other Beatles das lied that conwayhistory.orguld have made this list. Yet this monitor from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely understanding Club eis – written von a 16-year-old paulus McCartney – ist one of the greats weil das how it encapsulates a kind of liebe that ist less appreciated an musical form. It’s much less “I’d take a bullet weil das you” and more “put the kettle on, love”. It’s adorable, full of whimsy, and just die right amount des silly. RO
“In die time of chimpanzees i was a monkey / Butane in my veins so I"m out to cut the junkie.” “Man I’m the worst rapper in the world – i’m a loser,” Beck is reported to have said top top listening back to an early demo of his break-out fight (before the had got its above chorus) . This gave him bei idea zum the hook and he never ever looked back. The stream of conwayhistory.orgnsciousness lyrics actors a spell also though they nothing make much sense – ironic as Beck was setting out die emulate ns hyper-literate futter D. EP
“Prince’s name is actually printed on the music,” Kragen says, “because Quincy had ns idea of having ns two rivals, Michael und Prince, at the same microphone. It no happen. Sheila e tried produziert best to get ihm there. The did call while we were reconwayhistory.orgrding, he reached Quincy und said, ‘Can I kommen sie over und lay under a track?’ and Quincy said, ‘No, we’ve already done the radikale tracks.’ One des the reasons prinz didn’t kommen sie was he is used to going right into a reconwayhistory.orgrding studio and playing all ns parts. Not nur him und another star, him and nobody else. Deshalb the idea von walking right into a room full of superstars, plenty des the world that to be there were intimidated. The went to a nightclub instead und when he came out his leibwächter beat trost some paparazzi, und that do a box an the large article in the LA times about what us did. So he was really embarrassed über that . When we determined that us were going kommen sie put out an album, prinz submitted a das lied right away zum that.”

The rest von the superstar class of ’85 took your AMA limos full of leibwächter straight kommen sie A&M studios – except Springsteen. “A group had formed around die gates because they saw die limos showing up one after die other,” Kragen laughs. “I’m stand out over there greeting die artists together they’re conwayhistory.orgming out des their cars. All des a sudden, a man pushes his method through the crowd. He’s in cut-off gloves und a leather jacket. I reconwayhistory.orggnise ihm immediately, it’s Bruce. The says, ‘Hey man, I got a great parking room across LaBrea...’”

Inside, ns mother von all A-list bonding sessions was under way. Wie man Ray charles arrived, Billy Joel exclaimed, “That’s like ns Statue of Liberty walking in,” and was visibly shaking wie Quincy jones introduced er to Charles: “Ray, this is the male who conwayhistory.orgmposed ‘New york State des Mind’.” wie Joel explained the song was a homage kommen sie Charles, ns pianists struck nach oben a lasting friendship, reconwayhistory.orgrd a duet “Baby Grand” within a year. Charles also spent viel of the night drinking with Waylon Jennings und Willie Nelson, a knees-up the would ultimately result in Farm Aid.

If Bob dylan seemed zoned out bei the video, it’s likely since he was ns focus of viel attention und adulation. Diana Ross to walk through the door und promptly jumped into his lap, Nelson conwayhistory.orgrnered er to talk around golf and jazz-pop singer Al Jarreau got short thrift from ns folk legend. “Bobby, bei my very own stupid way ich just want zu tell you i love you,” Jarreau said Dylan, who merely blanked er entirely and walked away, leave Jarreau sobbing, “My idol!”.

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Carnes had actually a far more pleasant dylan experience. “He was easy zu talk to,” she says, “exactly how ich would have expected him to be. It was an amazing, memorable night und nobody had bei ego, no one tried to pull rank. Civilization were yes, really excited zu be there und be part of something yes, really monumental.”

With 500 guests, including modell Christie Brinkley and actors Brooke Shields, jane Fonda und Steve Martin, at a splitter linterparty on an adjoining sound stage kommen sie watch the session top top a 25ft display – and also getting berated by Bob Geldof zum guzzling die laid-on buffet throughout a starvation – the chorus conwayhistory.orgnvened punkt 10.30pm.They to be reconwayhistory.orgrded first to prevent anyone leaving after ~ performing your individual lines. After ~ Geldof gave an introductory decided about die horrors von the famine, everyone was handed a lyric sheet und foldable chart of the music, und guided to their pre-selected ns on ns floor. Spirits were high. In a reconwayhistory.orgrding break Ray charles asked where the bathroom was, und Stevie Wonder took his hand and guided him down die conwayhistory.orgrridor, the blinda leading ns blind. Even michael Jackson, reconwayhistory.orgrding his multi-tracked vocals together everyone else was arriving, was an jovial mood, laughing whenever that messed nach oben a take, tanzen at die microphone and allowing jones to call ihm “Smelly”.

“We speak some since we were ideal next kommen sie each other,” Carnes says of Jackson, “but he was very, really shy, plainly a man of conwayhistory.orguple of words. Until the music starts und he start singing und being michael Jackson. Climate it all goes away.” As die evening progressed, though, ns occasion seemed to get the better des Jackson. Kragen recalls finding er hiding native a Time photoshoot an the lavatory. “I go looking zum Michael and when i found ihm he was in the men’s room, curled up on die conwayhistory.orgunter. Getting together with this many big stern was very intimidating.” lindsay Buckingham so surprised him bei the bathroom. “It kind of freaked er out!” the said. “He was quite nervous, nur to it is in startled von someone go in, and I just nodded my head.”

As the session crept into the early hours, some frictions developed. Hinweisen 1am in argument broke out over a nonsense lyric Jackson had actually included weist the ende of ns chorus, “sha-lum sha-lingay”. Geldof argued that it sounded too close to an African language und that it conwayhistory.orguld be taken into conwayhistory.orgnsideration mocking, deswegen Stevie Wonder dubbed a Nigerian freund to get a phrase in Swahili that would be appropriate zum the song. Ns phrase was “willi moing-gu”, which no go down well with some of the cast. “Say what!” yelled ray Charles, “Willi what! Willi moing-gu, my ass! It’s three o’clock bei the goddamn mornin’ – ich can’t also sing in English no more.” Geldof pointed out that Ethiopians don’t speak Swahili und Waylon Jennings left ns sessions claiming “no good old boy sings bei Swahili”. Wie everyone voted zu settle on a new line, “one world, ours children”, an exhausted Tina Turner muttered, “I favor sha-lum better, that cares what that means?”

With the chorus an the can von 3am – und Ray Charles deshalb departed, declaring, “I haven’t had no good lovin’ since January” (it was January) – USA weil das Africa took in hour’s break. Everyone set about conwayhistory.orgllecting all von the various other artists’ signatures on your music charts. “People to be gracious und wonderful around that,” says Carnes. “Nobody organized back. Everyone wanted kommen sie get everybody’s signature. Everyone knew it was a really special night.”

At 4am, jones set around reconwayhistory.orgrding the solo lines, ditching his initial plan to reconwayhistory.orgrd the singers one von one in favour of a faster method – placing 21 microphones an a U-shape and getting lock all kommen sie reconwayhistory.orgrd side über side. “Taking this kind of chance is prefer running through beleuchten with petrol drawers on,” the said. “Any talking or external noises, laughing, giggling, even a creak in the floor, can ruin die whole thing.”

“Everybody hung around und watched,” says Carnes. “It take it the lied to one more level des ‘just how kühl is this?’”

Even together dawn approached, the camaraderie no wane. Tina Turner finished herstellung duet v Billy Joel v a celebratory cry des “fish burger!”, and there was a passing of the baton augenblicke after die soloists wrapped hoch around 5am. Called in to include adornments to ns chorus, dylan seemed uncertain of his half-sung, half-spoken take. “Bob Dylan, wie he was reconwayhistory.orgrding his solo piece, stepped hoch to the microphone and sounded nothing like roben Dylan,” states Kragen. “He was deswegen nervous since he was notfall used to reconwayhistory.orgrding v all this other stars there. Lionel, Quincy und Stevie asked everybody else kommen sie leave, they climate sat down one weist a time at ns piano and did Dylan, did him perfectly. Specifically Stevie Wonder act Dylan. Climate Bob dylan went to ns microphone and nailed it.”

Reassured, dylan stayed bei the studio kommen sie hear Springsteen steal the das lied with his impassioned late-chorus vocal. Ns Boss admitted he’d broken into a real sweat while singing and Jones conwayhistory.orgncerned his performance a schädlich from God, saving die chorus from an ignominious fade-out. “Springsteen walks up to the microphone, sings his part once, kills it, nur nails it, it’s so good freundin get shivers,” Kragen recalls. “And that turns zu all des us und goes, ‘Is the OK?’”

At 8am, ns remaining conwayhistory.orgntributors staggered out right into the la sunshine knowing, even before the lied sold out its anfangsverdacht run des 800,000 conwayhistory.orgpies bei just three days en path to die top von the charts worldwide, that they’d to be part of pop history. “Everybody had left except weil das Quincy, Diana Ross, our arranger tom Bahler and myself,” states Kragen, “and we were huddled in a one on ns floor des the studio, strictly hugging every other und crying prefer crazy from die experience des the night.”

Besides the für hilfe a million dollars that ns song blieb raises annually – Kragen estimates ns conwayhistory.orgmbined gesamt exceeds $80m und grants room being distributed kommen sie this work – USA for Africa’s lasting legacy is that it conwayhistory.orgllection a precedent zum generations to kommen sie that when ns greatest reasons arise, die greatest artists step up. “The totality night was filled v magic,” states Carnes today. “From start to finish, it was incredible zu be part von that.”

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