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Song Stories

“Blackout”

Scorpions | 1982

There must have been a hell of a night that inspired this tale of waking up with someone that is not exactly your normal taste and not knowing how you got there or what day it is. The famed album cover, of a bandaged man with forks in his eyes, is a self-portrait of Austrian artist Gottfried Hellnwein. Though never a critical favorite, the Scorpions broke into the top 10 for the first time with this album and Metal Assault hailed the "Heavy riffs, blazing solos and endlessly catchy hooks."

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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