Song Stories

“Holiday in Cambodia”

Dead Kennedys | 1980

Ominous guitar and bass riffs that growled and yelped underpinned "Holiday in Cambodia," Jello Biafra rant-singing against privileged young brats who needed to experience the horrors of Cambodia firsthand. Co-writer Biafra drew upon his experiences observing frat boys and sorority girls while delivering pizza to college dorms. The song, he recalled, was about "drunk jocks and the idiot women who pursue them. I guess I just juxtaposed that with the reports coming out of Cambodia."

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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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