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50 Rock Facts You May Not Know

Want to know more about some of the biggest bands of the past 25 years? We’ve compiled 50 facts for you as part of our series, “You Think You Know Rock?”

In the gallery above, you’ll find obscure trivia about some of the biggest names in alternative music. And while you may know some of the facts, some of what we’ve uncovered will be head-scratchers. For example, did you know Taylor Hawkins was Alanis Morissette‘s drummer before he joined Foo Fighters? Or that Courtney Love was in Faith No More before Mike Patton joined?

We’ll give you information about some of the jobs musicians have had on their way to stardom — including which fast food chain Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne worked at for 13 years — and the paths that they could have taken, like the decade-defining sitcom that James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem could have written for.

You’ll also find out which two members of politically minded punk rockers have degrees from Ivy League universities, the hobbies of Blur‘s Alex James and the Pixies‘ David Lovering and the odd manner in which Coldplay recorded their last two albums.

Finally, we’ll take you behind the scenes to find out about the (in)famous houses where the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails recorded some classic albums, the inspiration for records by Ryan Adams and how Soundgarden and R.E.M. got their names.

To go into greater detail about those facts and more, click on the slideshow and then amaze your friends with how much you’ve learned!

Next: The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the '90s

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