Mark Ronson: "Zack de la Rocha Is a Beautiful Man"

August 6, 2008 3:29 PM ET

Backstage at Lollapalooza, producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson recalled his first-ever Rage Against the Machine show (300 sweaty people crammed into New York's tiny Wetlands, where Zack de la Rocha handed a front-row Ronson the mike to scream on "Killing in the Name"). Ronson, who's finishing up albums by Daniel Merriweather, Wale and the Kaiser Chiefs, also talked about why he loved Rolling Stone's Barack Obama interview: "Holy crap, the guy who might be the next president of the United States feels the same about Stevie Wonder's five-album run as I do!" Click above for the full interview.

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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