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September 21, 2010 4:15 PM ET

Radiohead to 'Take Stock' of New Material
While Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood says the band has already "finished a group of songs," drummer Phil Selway revealed in an interview that the band will reconvene in the studio later this week to "take stock" of what they've recorded over the last year. "We might just throw this all out and say maybe we need to go back to the drawing board. Who knows," Selway said. [AtEase]

Gene Simmons Denies Humping Accusation
Kiss' Gene Simmons has filed a lawsuit to preemptively deny accusations by a female ESPN employee that he inappropriately grinded against her after appearing on Sportscenter, saying in his defense that he was in his Kiss costume, "the equivalent of a suit of armor," and thus was incapable of humping. [On Point]

Bret Michaels to Undergo Surgery
Just months after bouncing back from a brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels will undergo surgery in January to repair the hole in his heart, a condition he's had since birth. The hole was found while Michaels was recovering from his stroke. [Radar Online]

Fan Arrested Outside Madonna's Home
Police charged a retired fireman with creating graffiti, resisting arrest and criminal possession of an ice pick (found in his car) after he sprawled messages outside Madonna's New York home pleading with the singer to meet him. Said his lawyer: "My understanding is it's not a crime to adore Madonna. If it were, the court would be a lot more crowded." [BBC]

Karen O Records Track for 'Jackass 3D'
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O has recorded a cover of country singer Roger Allan Wade's song "If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough" for the soundtrack for Jackass 3D. (Different versions of the song have appeared on the soundtracks for the earlier Jackass movies.) Karen O is also a producer on the film. [Pitchfork]

Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band Compete for Next Number One Album
Linkin Park's reign atop the Billboard 200 will likely come to an end next week: Maroon 5's Hands All Over and the Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give are both on pace to sell in the neighborhood of 150,000 copies. [ Billboard ]

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Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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