[Today: Unlikely influences…]
Joey Ramone on ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’: “I hate to blow the mystique, but at the time we really liked bubblegum music, and we really liked The Bay City Rollers. Their song ‘Saturday Night’ had a great chant in it, so we wanted a song with a chant in it: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!’. ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ was our ‘Saturday Night’.”
Kurt Cobain on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’: “[It] was such a clichéd riff. It was so close to a Boston riff or ‘Louie Louie’.” If Cobain left any doubt about which Boston riff he was talking about, the answer was provided at the 1992 Reading Festival:
Listen: Saturday Night [Bay City Rollers]
Listen: Blitzkrieg Bop [Ramones]
Listen: More Than A Feeling [Boston]
Listen: Smells Like Teen Spirit [Nirvana]
Question: What other songs owe their existence to unlikely influences?