10 facts to (hopefully) interest and amuse you

There is a dinosaur heavy metal band in Finland called Havisaurus who are very popular with children.

Queen and David Bowie’s 1981 chart-topper, Under Pressure, was recorded during a 24-hour wine and cocaine marathon…allegedly!

Siouxsie and the Banshees’ debut hit, Hong Kong Garden, is named after a Chinese takeaway on Chislehurst High Street.

Leo Fender, the inventor of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, couldn’t actually play the guitar.

The only person who has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame is the guitarist Les Paul.

The most expensive musical instrument in the world is a Stradivarius violin which last sold for $15.9 million.

The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive Gold and Platinum albums.

Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson and The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell were at William Ellis School in Highgate together.

Pre-1950s and before vinyl, most people bought sheet music to play at home, but in 2012, Beck’s 11th album, Song Reader, was only released as sheet music. The was no CD or vinyl nor MP3, just 108 pages of sheet music and 20 full-colour booklets, each setting out a different new song. It never made the chart!

In 2014, a glitch on iTunes in Canada allowed customers to download a Taylor Swift item called Track 3. It sold enough copies to top the Canadian chart version before her fans realised they’d bought eight seconds of static noise $1.29.

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