The real people who inspired pop songs

Music history is littered with pop songs inspired by real people. Who could forget the first time they found out Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughtta Know” was inspired by Full House’s Uncle Joey Dave Coulier. It was disturbing and unbelievable. It was like finding out your Catholic priest was a pedophile. At once you stared in disbelief and felt like you needed to down a few drams of Scotch. Find out about other pop song backstories from music writer Dave Simpson. Metafilter also has a nice thread going with people contributing info about other songs. [Guardian and Metafilter]

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