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“Rock Soldiers”

Ace Frehley | 1987

In early 1982, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was involved in two serious car accidents - one of which involved a high-speed police car chase on the Bronx River Parkway (and the destruction of Frehley's DeLorean car). And on his first post-Kiss solo album, Frehley's Comet, Ace opted to document this reckless period of his life, in the form of "Rock Soldiers." As he explained in his bio, No Regrets: "'Rock Soldiers' was inspired by my ill-fated trip in the DeLorean but also evokes images of the crash that nearly killed me and Anton [Fig]. It is, more than anything else, a song about rock star excess, and was written very honestly about my own life experiences, which, as it turned out, were far from over." Frehley co-wrote the tune with Chip Taylor, the same gentleman that penned both "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing."

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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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