Mick Jagger's reaction to watching police tangling with anti-war protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in London helped form the lyrics to the Rolling Stones' edgy rocker "Street Fighting Man," a song that had actually first taken shape with different lyrics and titled as "Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?" In a 1995 Rolling Stone interview, Jagger also cited riots in France and the U.S. as inspiration. "I thought it was a very good thing at the time," he observed. "There was all this violence going on. I mean, they almost toppled the government in France."
Accomplished tunesmith Desmond Child co-wrote "Weird" with the three brothers that make up Hanson. Credited for dozens of cuts, including songs by Kiss, Cher, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, Child told Rolling Stone that "Weird" holds a special place in his heart, "because it's about being different--and I grew up poor, I grew up being Latin, I grew up being gay, and now I'm fat!" The song was included on Hanson's 1997 album Middle of Nowhere, which sold more than ten million units.