X-Plained - Stories Behind The Songs

Richard Ashcroft and the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis

Why Richard Ashcroft owes Song For The Lovers to Joy Division

Kings of Leon

Who are Kings of Leon named after?

Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and Peter Fonda in The Wild Angels

What is the sample at the start of Loaded by Primal Scream?

The Courteeners

Why Courteeners' Not Nineteen Forever is more than just an indie banger

Alex Turner Alex Turner performs on stage at the T in the Park festival 2007

Where is 505 in the Arctic Monkeys song?

Radiohead - The Bends album cover

What's that on the cover of The Bends by Radiohead?

Paolo Nutini onmstage in Italy in 2014

How Paolo Nutini's Iron Sky took an inspirational movie speech

Elton John performs Rocket Man on Top Of The Pops, 24 May 1972.

The fascinating fantasy behind Elton John's Rocket Man

The Streets - Original Pirate Material cover

Where are the flats on the cover of Original Pirate Material by The Streets?

Freddie Mercury performing with Queen at Live Aid, July 1985

How I Want To Break Free became Queen’s most controversial song

John Lennon in July 1971

Why John Lennon's Imagine is more than just a peace anthem

Stereophonics in 2001: Richard Jones, Kelly Jones and Stuart Cable

Was Mr Writer by Stereophonics actually about a specific person?

Depeche Mode in 1987: Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder, Andrew Fletcher

What’s the meaning of Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode?

Foo Fighters in 1999: Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl and Chris Shiflett

Why Learn To Fly is Foo Fighters' most uplifting song

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters onstage in 1995

What does Dave Grohl whisper in Everlong by Foo Fighters?

Linda and Paul McCartney at the very final Beatles photo shoot in August 1969

The sad story behind The Beatles' Let It Be