"Why don't we do it in the road?," you said. "No one will be watching us," you said. Get Lennon on the phone! We need bail money.
'House of Pain'
From: '1984' (1984)
A song that dates back to Van Halen's club days, the heavy-rocking "House of Pain" finds David Lee Roth in the midst of a rope-burned entanglement.
'Back Door Man'
The Doors (via Willie Dixon)
From: 'The Doors' (1967)
The late Jim Morrison brings just the right amount of lusty bad-boy attitude to lines like "the men don't know -- but the little girls understand." Somewhere, he and blues-man composer Willie Dixon are sharing a wicked laugh right now.
From: 'Love Gun' (1977)
As with the earlier mentioned "Five Short Minutes" by Jim Croce, this song was inspired by someone who actually made casts of famous people's members. Before it was over, Cynthia Albritton had become known as -- you guessed it -- Cynthia Plaster Caster.
'Pretty Tied Up'
Guns N' Roses
From: 'Use Your Illusion II' (1991)
Subtitled "The Perils of Rock n Roll Decadence," this recalls Izzy Stradlin's accidental encounter with a bondage-obsessed woman. The stunned Stradlin told Musician in 1992 that he could only respond, "'What the f--- is going on here?,' cracking up laughing. She was this dominatrix chick."
'Be My Girl - Sally'
From: 'Outlandos d'Amour' (1978)
As his new girlfriend -- at first "all pink and shriveled down" -- snaps to life, the Police's kinky protagonist is finally bathed in her warm smile. "A breath of air was all she needed to make her lose that frown," Sting sings. Oh, we didn't mention she's a doll?
The Rolling Stones
From: 'Sticky Fingers' (1971)
It's easy to see this as a tribute to a particularly luscious African-American girlfriend. After all, Mick Jagger reportedly originally wanted to call it "Black Pu---" Then there's its slinky, completely nasty groove. Closer listens, however, reveal more troubling imagery related to the slave trade.
From: 'El Loco' (1981)
If you didn't get ZZ Top's randy double meaning from lines in "Pearl Necklace" like, "She was gettin' bombed and I was gettin' blown away," then there was this: "And that's not jewelry she's talkin' about; it really don't cost that much."
'Walk on the Wild Side'
From: 'Transformer' (1972)
Pay more attention, it seems, than most radio programmers did and there's a fascinating underworld to explore here from Lou Reed -- including, but not limited to, drugs, transsexuality and male prostitution. Or just sing along ("doo do doo do doo do do doo") as he takes you on a very strange stroll.
From: 'Welcome to My Nightmare' (1975)
In concert, Ethyl begins as a doll before she comes to life -- well, not really, life ... since she's dead. But she starts dancing around, anyway. If that wasn't weird enough, Alice Cooper told Beat in 2011 that his ballerina daughters have both played the role of Ethyl on stage.