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“Shock Me”

Kiss | 1977

Shortly after Kiss' performance got under way on December 12, 1976 at the Lakeland Civic Center (in Lakeland, Florida), guitarist Ace Frehley grabbed a railing leading down a flight of stairs to the stage that wasn't grounded properly. He immediately received a jolt of electricity that knocked him unconscious. "I got electrocuted in Florida and I survived. The guys said, 'Why don't you write a song about getting electrocuted?' And I came up with 'Shock Me.'" Despite having already penned several tunes for Kiss up to that point ("Cold Gin," "Parasite," "Strange Ways," etc.), it was not until "Shock Me" that Frehley actually sang one of his own songs on record.

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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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