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Waxing Moronic: 10 Wrong Facts From Song Lyrics

'Nashville Cats' by Lovin' Spoonful
Home of Sun Records, or not so much? iStockphoto/Thinkstock
Home of Sun Records, or not so much? iStockphoto/Thinkstock

When we're talking wrong facts, there are some that are borderline forgivable. In the 1984 Band Aid song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?," the all-stars sing, "there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time." Truth is, there is consistent snowfall in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

But when you're writing an ode to a city, best you get all the facts about the place right. And the Lovin' Spoonful wrote a groaningly stupid error in their song "Nashville Cats."

The line in question reads, "Every one is a yellow Sun record from Nashville," an assertion that might surprise the folks of Tennessee. Sun Records was (pretty famously) based in Memphis; they were so Memphis through and through that their artists included that most famous city son himself, Elvis Presley. And they stayed Memphis, that is, until they packed up and moved their principal place of business to Nashville, but, confusingly, you can still find Sun Studio in Memphis.