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Hi, I'm John Green. Welcome to my salon. This is Mental Floss video, and did you know that in the 1990s, Joey Ramone, of the Ramones, was infatuated with then CNBC talk show host Maria Bartiromo? They eventually became pen pals, and she gave him investment advice over email. He even wrote her a song, and asked her to come to CBGB's to hear it. She couldn't make it, but she did send a camera crew. She later (very generously) called it a "tremendous tribute".

And that is the first of many facts about rock bands I'm going to share with you today, in this video brought to you by our friends at Geico.

To promote Radiohead's debut album, Pablo Honey,  to US record label Capital made the weird choice to align them with Beavus and Butt-head. One print ad read "Radiohead, better than Butt-head!" That's just terrible. it's so cringey.

3) Before they were astonishingly old and somehow still alive, the Rolling Stones were cool for their long hair, which frustrated British hairdressers in he 1960s. Hairdressers even wrote into newspapers to complain about the popular style; in December 1964, the band took out an ad in the music magazine NME that said "Happy Christmas to the starving hairdressers and their families."

4) The guitarist for Rage against the machine, Tom Morello, loves Star Trek.  He even appeared in Star Trek: Insurrection and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

5) Other nerdy rockers?  Led Zeppelin.  They loved the Lord of the Rings as you might know from the Mordor and Gollum references in Ramble On, but it's a myth that there's a picture of a Lord of the Rings character inside Led Zeppelin 4.  That's actually a figure borrowed from tarot cards.

6) Another rock myth: that Jimmy Page played the guitar solo for The Kinks in "You Really Got Me".  It's a myth that makes sense in a way because The Kinks couldn't play their instruments very well and that is a proper good rock solo, but no, it was not Jimmy Page, although he did help out with a couple other Kinks songs.

7) The band Garbage got its name because an early listener told them that their music sounded like garbage.

8) But getting negative reviews puts Garbage in good company, like in 1976, Rolling Stone Magazine reviewed AC/DC's first album and the piece read, "Hard rock has unquestionably hit its all-time low."  32 years later, still rocking hard, AC/DC appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.   By the way, hard rock actually hit its all-time low with the band All-Time Low.  I'm just kidding, All-Time Low fans and All-Time Low members who watch mental_floss.

9) Another poorly reviewed rock band was The Sex Pistols.  Also in 1976, NME wrote up Anarchy in the UK and claimed, "Johnny Rotten sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third-rate Who imitation."

10) Speaking of The Who, there's a legend that they were banned from all Holiday Inn hotels after a 1967 incident in which they backed a Lincoln Continental into a pool in Michigan.  No one knows for sure what happened, least of all the members of The Who, but lead singer Roger Daltrey has claimed that they were billed $50,000 for whatever went down that night.

11) Another rock band that's a nightmare for hotels?  The Black Keys.  They like to stay at the Columbia Hotel in London and according to singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach, "Once, when the guy wouldn't serve us anymore, we took a tablecloth and wrapped it around the beer tap and the beer flowed all night." 

12) Beginning in 1960, the Beatles had a 56 night residency at  a club called The Kaiserkeller Club in Germany.  They worked every day of the week and played from 7:30 to 9:00pm, then 9:30 to 11pm, then 11:30 to 1am, and then 1:30am to 2am, and they alternated sets with the band called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, whose drummer at the time was none other than Ringo Starr.  Oh, Ringo Starr.  Truly the luckiest man ever to walk into the Kaiserkeller Club.

13) Speaking of the Beatles, they recorded Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road, the same place and time that Pink Floyd recorded their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.  

14) Okay, let's jump forward to the 90s.  The dancing janitor in the music video for Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was a reference to the fact that Kurt Cobain worked as a janitor in a high school very soon after dropping out of that very same high school.

15) Aerosmith's biggest hit, "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" wasn't on any of their albums.  Its only album release in the US was on the soundtrack for the 1998 film Armageddon.

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