Sometimes fate comes along, and turns an accident into a legend. Here are three songs that no one was ever supposed to hear. These songs were written as jokes, not even supposed to be singles. Now, it's hard to find someone that doesn't know every line:
3. "Fight For Your Right (To Party)" - Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys are known for their 'anti-authority' lyrics and booming, loud guitar...and they hate it! The group wrote this song as an in-studio joke making fun of the current rock scene which they found obnoxious and overpopulated with assholes. Their producer, Rick Rubin, added loud, sporatic guitar riffs and some drums, and sent it to a couple people...as a joke. The song became a hit overnight, so the boys added a music video to go along with it.
The band thought the song's success was hilarious until they realized that they were the only ones who knew it was a parody. Before they knew it, their fan base was made up of the same 'obnoxious assholes' they were mocking. They publicly denounced the song, and haven't performed it since 1987, but it was too late...they never recovered. Much to their dismay, when someone mentions the Beastie Boys, this song is the first thing that comes to mind.
2. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana
I have never been a fan of Nirvana, so this is especially funny to me. One day, Kurt Cobain came home to find "Kurt smells like teen spirit" spray painted on his bedroom wall. Thinking this was a revolutionary, mind-blowing slogan, he started writing. When he showed it to the rest of the band, his bassist laughed at him, and called it "ridiculous." So Kurt, being the pretentious diva that he was, made them play the song on repeat for almost two hours. I'm sure they all had a good laugh when they discovered their 'revolution' that would 'fix America' was written about Kurt's ex girlfriends deoderant brand. She spray painted that over his bed as a love note.
Kurt pretended to have known the whole time that it was a joke.
1. "Sweet Child of Mine" - Guns N' Roses
This song contains one of the most globally recognized measures of all time. Probably because Slash is a god among men. What most people don't know, is that these notes that inspired and influenced guitarists for years to come, was a simple string excercize Slash was practicing, and consists of 3 notes.
It started when he was practicing, and Axl ran downstairs and announced that it was going to be their next song. Slash says 'This is nonsense,' but Rose pushes them to keep going. The entire song was composed in less than 5 minutes. When it came time for Slash's famous solo, Rose kept yelling, "Where do we go now?" because they still had no idea what they were doing with the song. Rose shouting "Where do we go now" ended up getting recorded, and the song became Guns N' Roses first number one single.
Slash still hates the song.