.

Song Stories

“Danger! High Voltage”

Electric Six | 2003

Detroit’s Electric Six scored their first big hit with the humorous single "Danger! High Voltage," a mix of funk, disco and garage rock featuring dueling vocals from Dick Valentine and Jack White, who appears as an unbilled guest. "Fire in the disco, fire in the Taco Bell!" snarls Valentine over a barrage of electric guitars, but the track didn’t always have these lines. "[It] started out as a ditty without lyrics we would do when someone broke a string," said the band’s former drummer, M. "Dick finally wrote lyrics to it and we recorded it on a whim."

prev
Song Stories Main Next

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »
www.expandtheroom.com