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“Caught in a Mosh”

Anthrax | 1987

It wasn't until the arrival of thrash metal in the early-to-mid-Eighties that slam dancing — or "moshing" — crossed over from skinheads to longhairs. And one of the bands that embraced this stylistic shift the most was Anthrax, who went as far as titling a song "Caught in a Mosh." The song's initial idea can be traced to a particular show in Denver, when the group's guitar tech, Art Ring, tried to clear a fan from the stage, who in turn pulled him into the audience. "Art fell underneath the kid and f---ed up his back really bad," Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante recalled. "Afterward, when the paramedics were looking at him, the one thing he said was, 'Oh, dude, I got caught in a mosh.'"

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“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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