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"Irresistible" by Cathy Dennis

Irresistible baby you are (2x)
You are, you are
Submitted by: Cody Finke

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Singers Who Act -> Latest Entries

Dua Lipa appeared in: Barbie
The British-Albanian singer made her feature film debut as a minor character ("Mermaid Barbie") in the 2023 live-action comedy about the Mattel doll franchise. Lipa also contributed to the film's soundtrack with "Dance The Night".
Submitted By: Maryellen Larkin
Lars Ulrich appeared in: Hemingway & Gellhorn; Dave the Barbarian
Metallica's founding drummer portrayed Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens in the HBO made-for-TV biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn". He also guest-starred alongside fellow Metallica co-founder James Hetfield in the Disney animated series "Dave the Barbarian".
Submitted By: Maryellen Larkin

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Celebrities Who Sing -> Latest Entries

Brett Lee performed: You're the One for Me
The Australian former cricketer collaborated with Bollywood playback singing veteran Asha Bhosle on a single entitled "You're the One for Me" from the album "Asha and Friends, Vol. 1". Lee had a cult following in India due to his status as a cricket legend, and was also a member of the rock band Six & Out whose members consist of New South Wales first-class cricketers.
Submitted By: Maryellen Larkin
Steve Caballero performed: Skate and Destroy
The skateboarding legend of Bones Brigade and "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" fame also took up a career as a punk musician, serving as the guitarist for The Faction, Odd Man Out, Shovelhead, Soda and most recently Urethane.
Submitted By: Maryellen Larkin

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Better Off Solo -> Latest Entries

Paul Simon from Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel had a falling out and they split. Paul Simon then went on to have a very successful solo career, same cannot be said for Garfunkel.
Submitted By: g_randomperson
Nadine Nassar from The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Nadine was a dancer in the band for only a brief time. She appeared in a few music videos as the teal-haired dancer wearing an orange T-shirt and dancing with the little kids. After leaving the band, she traveled the world and became an opera singer.
Submitted By: Brionna Secret

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Former Occupations of Performers -> Latest Entries

Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath: Factory worker
Osbourne used to work as a horn tester at the local Lucas factory in his hometown at the urging of his mother, but hated the irritatingly loud noise he endured. Interestingly enough, the epithet "Prince of Darkness" was given to Lucas Industries due to their products' shoddy quality before Osbourne adopted the nickname as part of his stage persona.
Submitted By: Maryellen Larkin
Brian Prout from Diamond Rio: Bus Driver
Brian worked as a tour bus driver, while the band was performing at Opryland USA as the Tennessee River Boys.
Submitted By: Sundog

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Captain Beefheart from Magic band: Artist
After finishing his last album in 1981, Don Von Vliet, (his real name), became an artist who sold his paintings for as much as $80,000.
Submitted By: Tripler
Rebecca Frezza from Rebecca Frezza: Yoga instructor
Rebecca Frezza used to be a children's music performer. She appeared on the Nick Jr series Jack's Big Music Show and released a few CDs. After she retired, she went on to open Zura Blooms, a yoga studio in New Jersey.
Submitted By: Brionna Secret

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Songs That Are Banned -> Latest Entries
"Do What U Want," Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly - Submitted By: BrilliantJ8
"New York City Cops," The Strokes - Submitted By: Jay

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Super Long Pop Songs -> Latest Entries
"Evil Death Roll," King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Length:7:14 - Submitted By: Clever Name
"Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer," King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Length:10:10 - Submitted By: Clever Name

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Super Short Pop Songs -> Latest Entries
"Peaches," Jack Black Length:1:35 - Submitted By: JohnHowarth
"I Don't Wanna Hear It," Minor Threat Length:1:14 - Submitted By: Steve

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Song Lawsuits -> Latest Entries
"Alone Again," Biz Markie
Not only had this song sampled the entirety of "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan, but Gilbert had also denied Biz the right to sample it. The resulting lawsuit made it a requirement for artists to gain permission and also pay royalties to be able to sample one of their songs. - Submitted By: dominicmgm
"Stairway To Heaven," Led Zeppelin
It has been alleged that Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin used the descending guitar-figure from "Taurus" for Led Zeppelin's signature song "Stairway to Heaven". Led Zeppelin had opened for Spirit in an early American tour, providing the possibility that Led Zeppelin had heard the Spirit song before "Stairway to Heaven" was written. In the liner notes to the 1996 reissue of Spirit's debut album, Randy California wrote: People always ask me why "Stairway to Heaven" sounds exactly like "Taurus", which was released two years earlier. I know Led Zeppelin also played "Fresh Garbage" in their live set. They opened up for us on their first American tour. Randy California, born Randy Wolfe, died in 1997. In 2014, the musician's estate filed a copyright infringement suit seeking a co-writing credit for California on "Stairway to Heaven." In April 2016, District Judge Gary Klausner ruled that there were sufficient similarities between the songs to call for Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, credited as co-writers of "Stairway to Heaven", to stand trial by jury for copyright infringement. The trial began on June 14, 2016. On June 15, 2016, Jimmy Page spent hours on the witness stand testifying. By law, the jury was not allowed to hear original recordings of the songs; instead, they heard an expert perform both songs in court using original sheet music. The trial concluded on June 23, 2016, with the jury, after one hour of deliberation, finding that Led Zeppelin was not guilty of copyright infringement, determining that while Plant and Page had access to "Taurus", the song's riff was not "intrinsically similar" to the opening of "Stairway to Heaven." The Wolfe estate filed an appeal, and in September 2018, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California, citing a series of errors by the previous case's judge, threw out by a 3–0 ruling the 2016 district court's decision. According to the appeals court decision, the 2016 trial judge erred in failing to instruct jurors that the trustee could prevail if Wolfe had created a "sufficiently original combination" of "otherwise unprotectable music elements," and also in instructing jurors about the copyrighting of music elements in the public domain. In March 2020, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc, voted 9 to 2 to let stand the 2016 jury verdict in favor of Led Zeppelin. In October 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear the case, leaving the Ninth Circuit's decision in place and effectively ending the dispute. Taken From Wikipedia - Submitted By: Clever Name

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Ray Toro: "Theft" - Submitted By: dio wade
Ronnie Radke (Falling In Reverse): "Battery, possession of an illegal weapon" - Submitted By: Jay

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Performers with Handicaps -> Latest Entries
Mandy Harvey: Deafness - Submitted By: Brionna Secret
Bono: Congenital heart defect - Submitted By: Dayna

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"SIOGO," Blackfoot - Submitted By: DJT Is Not The Only Famous SMF
"Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered…," Pink Floyd - Submitted By: Clever Name

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Hidden Tracks -> Latest Entries
"Dream On (Reprise)," The Chemical Brothers. Found on 1999's Surrender after a period of silence on "Dream On". - Submitted By: All-Starr
"Orange Appeal," Alien Ant Farm. On the 2001 album ANThology, the song appears 30 seconds after the final track, "Universe". - Submitted By: Jay

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Hidden Messages -> Latest Entries
"Limelight (Moving Pictures)," Rush: ""All the world's indeed a stage We are merely players" is a shoutout to a line in As You Like It by William Shakespeare." - Submitted By: dayna
"Radioactivity ," Kraftwerk: "At the start of this song you can hear Morse code. All of this morse code translates into the first verse of the song which starts a while after the Morse code ends." - Submitted By: Clever Name

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Backwards Messages -> Latest Entries
"Gnik Nus," The Beatles: "A track on their remix album “LOVE”. It is the backwards a capella version of “Sun King”. It doesn’t really contain the foreign language parts backwards though." - Submitted By: BrilliantJ8
"Intension," Tool: "There is some unintelligible whispering that starts around one minute into the song. Reverse it and you get the following message: "Work hard. Stay in school. Listen to your mother. Your father is right."" - Submitted By: Nat

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Theme song for a Filipino cooking show - Shakatak
The title track from the 1982 album "Invitations" became well-known in the Philippines as the theme tune for the ABC 5 cooking show "Cooking With Sandy Daza". - Submitted By: Maryellen Larkin
Playboy - Dannii Minogue
She apparently did some Playboy photos to pay debt after her divorce. - Submitted By: mads

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Music With a Warning Label -> Latest Entries
"Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars (Clean)," Fatboy Slim
On the bottom right corner of the cover, it says "Kiddies Clean Version"
"Gabriel Garza I," Gabriel Garza
On the debut album from this Canadian hip hop artist, a warning is on the front cover: "This album is not for the faint of heart."
Cassie Grandstaff
"Dark & Wild," BTS
On the front album cover, it reads: "WARNING: Love hurts. It causes anger, jealousy, obsession. Why don't u love me back?"
Ariana Naira
"Jazz From Hell," Frank Zappa
In one of perhaps the stupidest examples of prior censorship, "Jazz From Hell" got slapped with an "explicit lyrics" label even though its content is PURELY INSTRUMENTAL!!! That meant it had NO lyrics at ALL. But then, Frank Zappa HATED absolutely EVERYTHING for which the badly-misnamed "Parents's Music Resources Center" stood anyway; one of his later albums was titled "Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of PREvention.' His best-remembered musical team, of course, was called "The Mothers Of INvention.'
Parker Gabriel
"Get Up Off Your Knees," Various Artists
The back cover of the CD says "Warning: Much of the content is sexual in nature and may not be suitable for the young and the sensitive."
Robert Jon Brown
"Thriller," Michael Jackson
The title tracks music video reads "Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult'' ~Michael Jackson
"The Singular Adventures Of ....," Style Council
The inner liner notes of this best-of CD has some kooky story about a "Cappuccino Kid" and his "literature". On the bottom of this page is the proud announcement keeping in tune with the UN sanctions on the apartheid regime of South Africa (this album was put out in 1989): THIS RECORDING IS NOT FOR SALE IN SOUTH AFRICA.
Ain't Gonna Play Sun City Either
"Guilty Pleasure," Ashley Tisdale
The CD and back cover contains a FBI Anti-Piracy warning notice which had "FBI Anti-Piracy Warning: Unauthorized Copying is Punishable Under Federal Law" (like the ones shown on Blu-ray Discs and DVDs currently released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment including Grace Unplugged). But if you try to copy/rip a MP3 file from a CD using a program (or download a MP3 file online) without prior licensing, you'll be punished immediately.
Brandon Reina
"The Great Escape," Blur
In the booklet, there is a picture of Neuschwanstein Castle (the same photo as on the Country House single cover) and underneath this photo it says "Warning: Private Property". This doesn't mean anything as such and is just a quirk in the packaging.
"Greatest Hits," Devo
The CD itself (not the case) has a picture of someone sticking a fork into a toaster. I figure it's a "what not to do" sort of thing...
"The Last In Line," Dio
Though there are no lyrics in the booklet, the back cover of this album has some lyrics from the title track written in fancy medieval-looking font. "We'll know for the first time, if we're evil or divine. We're the last in line. - RJD"
"Sex (single)," Motley Crue
Motley Crüe's single "Sex", released prior to their 2012 tour with KISS, has a front cover design in the style of and parodying the "Parental Advisory" stickers. The top and bottom of the cover feature the words "Mötley" and "Crüe" respectively, while the middle part just says the word "SEX".
"Invasion Of Your Privacy," Ratt
Ratt's sophomore full-length release got a "Parental Advisory" sticker, due to the title and album cover being references to voyeurism, a topic the PMRC viewed as inappropriate. The sticker has since been removed.
"Full Moon Fever," Tom Petty
On the back cover of the CD version - it says "The music on this compact digital disc was originally recorded on analog equipment. We have attempted to perserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording. Because of it's high resolution, however, the compact disc can reveal limitations of the source tape."
"Mechanical Resonance," Tesla
On the back cover of the CD version - it says "The music on this compact digital disc was originally recorded on analog equipment. We have attempted to perserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording. Because of it's high resolution, however, the compact disc can reveal limitations of the source tape."
"Erotica," Madonna
Some of the album covers have Parental Advisory Ratings but everything bad on the CD is probably censored
"The Hits (1993 - 2003)," Marty Dread
This reggae hits compilation has the usual "Unauthorized duplication is a violation of the laws of ..." but it doesn't say "federal copywrite laws". Instead it says that unauthorized duplication is a violation of the laws of the "King of Kings Jah Rastafari". Honest!
Don't Piss Off Haile Selassie
"As Good As Dead," Local H
On the album's sticker, it reads: "Yeah mom, the 'F Word' is in it", a parody of the explicated lyrics sticker.
"Low DVD EP," Foo Fighters
A sticker was added below the usual warning (from the content in the "Low" video that got it banned from MTV) so that it can read "Parental Advisory Warning: Explicit Content ...and also big trucks."
"eMotive," A Perfect Circle
On the actual CD ( not the case), there is the longest anti-illegal music downloading warning I have ever seen. I'm not even going to bother putting it here, but it's worth seeing if you own the album.

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Album Cover Parodies

Album cover parody of The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants
"Take A Walk On The Clydeside"
Submitted by: Paul Brookes

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