Ben’s 10 Volume XLI: Songs About Scrilla

Hall & Oates “Rich Girl”
“Rich Girl” was inspired by true events that took place in the Fall of 1975. Hall & Oates had a three-way with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis one evening after a show in Coral Gables, Florida.

Wu-Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M.”
RZA and GZA ran a successful dairy home delivery service before forming the Wu-Tang Clan. They never forgot their roots.

Kanye West “Gold Digger”
It’s not well known that Kanye West is an expert in California history. The words to one of his biggest hits were influenced by the life of John Sutter.

Billy Idol “Mony Mony”
Idol was high on Quaaludes, cocaine and Jack Daniels during the recording sessions for “Mony Mony.” He intended the track to detail his recently acquired wealth, but was unable to accurately pronounce the chorus as a result of his intoxication.

Madonna “Material Girl”
Before finding fame in the pop world, Madonna worked in a Queens textile factory creating custom fabrics.

Notorious B.I.G. “Mo Money Mo Problems”
Unfortunately most of Biggie’s wealth went to his increasingly unhealthy diet leaving him with a terrific set of man tits and a vocal style that sounded as if he was choking on lard.

Steve Miller “Take the Money and Run”
Incredibly, the lyrics to “Take the Money and Run” are autobiographical. Miller actually shot a man while robbing his castle. Shortly thereafter he fled to Bolivia with the money, had plastic surgery, bought his first guitar and began writing songs.

Willie Nelson “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time”
Nelson filed for bankruptcy in 1990. Desperate to earn money quickly, he spent several months as an escort.

AC/DC “Money Talks”
“Money Talks” was written by Angus Young on LSD. He went to pay for beers at his local convenience store, pulled out a dollar bill and saw his own face speaking to him.

Kenny Rogers “The Gambler”
One day Rogers had awful diarrhea, but held it in as he hates using public restrooms. Once home, his condition was so bad, he spent the better part of an hour on the toilet and wrote the words to what would become “The Gambler.”

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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