Not every hit is carefully thought out and worked out. Some songs are born spontaneously and under the influence of the moment, and these twelve compositions are proof of that
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge
One of the best songs of the Red Hot Chili Peppers might not have been born at all, and for its birth I must say thanks to the so-called curiosity of Rick Rubin. It all started with the fact that Kiedis wrote a poem that reflected his emotional state under the influence of drug addiction.
Digging into Kiedis’ personal notebooks while working on Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Rubin saw this verse and saw in it something worthy of a strong song. The musicians reluctantly reacted to the producer’s suggestion to move away from their funky funky sound towards something more melancholic, but the resulting Under the Bridge became one of the most famous songs of the band. Sometimes excessive curiosity and persistence are justified.
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
The history of the main grunge hit is well known. At the end of 1990, Caitlin Hannah and Toby Vale from Bikini Kill noticed a deodorant called Teen Spirit in a supermarket. It seemed funny to them, and the girls began to use this slogan as a joke, understandable only to the two of them.
While drinking together with Cobain and Grohl, Caitlin wrote Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit on the wall of Kurt’s room. The next day, the leader of Nirvana forgot about the name of the deodorant and decided that there was a deep meaning in this phrase. That’s how the idea for a song that will change the history of rock forever appeared.
Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55
The idea of the track opening Sammy Hagar’s eighth studio album VOA came to the musician’s mind when his car was stopped by the police late at night. Hagar had just returned from a three-month safari in Africa and rented a car at the airport to drive home in Albany, New York.
At two o’clock in the morning, he was stopped by a patrol for driving at a speed of 62 miles per hour with a speed limit of no more than 55. While the policeman was writing out a fine to the musician, Hagar also grabbed a pen and paper and began to write down the lyrics of the future song:
I swear, he was writing out a fine, and I was writing a song. Then I went to Lake Placid, where there was a guitar, and finished the track right away.
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Black Sabbath were finishing work on the second album when the label insisted that the musicians write another song, short and fitting into the radio format. The band members reacted to the idea without much enthusiasm, but still did what they were asked. Iommi composed the opening riff in about 20 minutes while the rest of the team went out for a snack. As a result, Paranoid enjoyed such popularity that the whole album was also named the same way.
Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
This song appeared during another Led Zeppelin rehearsal at the Hedley Grange Mansion, where the band was working on the Led Zeppelin IV album. The musicians could not finish Four Sticks, and John Bonham began playing the intro to Little Richard’s song Keep-a-Knockin’ to cheer up his colleagues. Jimmy Page cheered up a little and came up with a riff on the go, which, as it seemed to him, sounds in the spirit of what Chuck Berry could play. Fortunately, a recording was being made at that moment, and the Rock and Roll written in 15 minutes was preserved.