Dire Straits - Money for nothing

Mark Knopfler wrote this song after hearing delivery men in a New York department store complaining about their jobs while watching MTV. He wrote the lyrics in that same store, sitting in a kitchen on display. Many of the lyrics were things they actually said. Knopfler wanted to copy ZZ Top's trademark guitar tone, as their music videos were already on high rotation on early MTV. Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top's guitarist) later told that Knopfler had solicited his help in replicating the tone, adding, "He didn't do a half-bad job, considering that I didn't tell him a thing!"

Kaleo - Way down we go

Originated deep in rural Iceland, the very American influenced folk and blues sound of Kaleo comes as a suprise. Prominently featuring a distinctive resonator sound, the melanchonic "Way down we go" was picked up by several movies and TV-shows. This caused a Hot 100 debut in January 2017, almost 2 years after the orinal release of the song in 2015.

Neil Young - Rockin' in the free world

In 1989, when the Berlin wall was about to fall, Neil Young released this rock monument upon the world. Based on the political changes going on at the time, the song was highly critical of the George Bush administration and the lyrics (ab)used some of Bush's campaign speeches: "We got 1,000 points of light, for the homeless man," "We got a kinder, gentler machine gun hand." The song was picked up by protesters in Eastern Europe and became a freedom anthem for them when the Sojet Union collapsed. The screaming voice of Young coupled with heavy distortion guitars made this an instant classic.

Lenny Kravitz - Are you gonna go my way?

The opening riff of "Are you gonna go my way" is one of the most recognized guitar riffs in the world. In an interview, Kravitz once said: "We were just jamming in the studio. You know, I was jamming with Craig Ross, who I wrote the song with. It was one of those songs that happened in 5 minutes. We were jamming. I thought there was something happening. I told Henry to turn the tape machines on, and we played it. And that was it. And then I went and wrote the lyrics on a brown paper bag, I remember at my loft on Broome Street at the time. Went in and sang it the next day. And that was it."

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Every concert is a special experience with Lenny Kravitz, this one is the best depiction of his ability to set an audience on fire

Nathaniel Rateliff - S.O.B

As soon as the band starts humming “mmmmh-mmmmh”, you know a party is going to burst out soon. The whole audience becomes a giant gospel choir. American singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff began his career as a folk artist and toured as supporting program with Mumford & Sons. He lost however his contract with Universal Records and decided to make a road trip documentary from Austin To Boston.

ACDC - Thunderstruck

AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” is for hard rock the equivalent of Beethovens 9th Symphony for classical music. It is one of those songs that somehow cannot be impoved. There are no cover versions that come even close to the original. Yes, we built the pyramids, invented penicillin and landed people on the moon—all these trivial things served as mere warm up acts for the arrival of “Thunderstruck” in 1990 as the lead song of The Razors Edge album. Legend has it, God spoke directly to Angus and Malcolm Young as they wrote the song and said unto them, “Git er done.” It was instantly picked up by the public and has since then been used in every movie trailer, commercial, and building explosion known to mankind.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie locations

Just like we did location hunting in our Star wars Tunisia special, this article will focus on the saga's last installment: The Last Jedi. The exotic planets that come to life in theatres are based on real life locations. Most of the movie was shot in Pinewoord Studio's near London, but many outdoor scenes are filmed on location. Here is an overview.

Hint: Open a new tab showing Google Maps next to this page. Copy/paste the given Lat/Long coordinates in Google map's searchbox to see the Star Wars locations on a map.

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Skellig Michael, Ireland as Ahch-To
Lat/Long coordinates 51.771550, -10.542210

Gruesome medieval torture and execution methods

When it comes to inflicting pain to other people, the human mind is surprisingly inventive. Throughout history several execution methods were invented with only one purpose: to let a victim suffer as much pain as possible before he died. This article will give an overview how different regions and cultures handled dead penalties in the middle ages (not for people with a weak stomach). These any many other torture devices and techniques can be seen at the Medieval torture museum in Amsterdam.

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Torture Chamber at the Castello di Amorosa, Italy