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  • Machinae Supremacy, Need For Steve, opening speech:
    We'll give you complete creative control.
  • In December 2009, as a campaign to make their song "Killing In The Name" the UK Christmas No.1 rapidly gained traction, Rage Against the Machine were booked to perform it live on BBC Radio, and were sternly told beforehand to censor the song's infamous crescendo. You know, the one where Zach de la Rocha yells "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me" over and over again. Three guesses what de la Rocha did.
  • Robert Calvert's 1974 solo debut, Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters, has several examples, being a satirical account of the Luftwaffe's controversial adoption of the F-104 Starfighter. Defence Minister Franz Josef Strauss (Vivian Stanshall) is mad with desire at resurrecting German air superiority, later being enticed by an American con man (Jim Capaldi). The latter sells the titular F-104 Starfighter Plane in bulk, refitting them as the "F-104G" (for Germany, as Strauss squees over). The F-104 was a fighter infamous for its safety record, quickly becoming known as Der Witwenmacher (The Widowmaker), with at least 30% of the planes having crashed.
    • Similarly, the titular Captain Lockheed (Calvert) is a drugged-up test pilot with a bravado to match. Once the press unravels the whole charade, Strauss and the entire defence board resign.
    • It becomes strangely predictive, seeing as how the scandals stretched to other friendly governments, including the Netherlands and Japan, as well as how Lockheed had been bailed out in 1971, only to have been revealed to have spent $22 Million in ensuring the use of the Starfighter around the world in 1976.
    • The entire story's also lampshaded by the Gremlin, an embodiment of aerial disasters and the album's loose Greek Chorus.
  • In one version of The Clovers' "Love Potion #9", the protagonist isn't deterred by the encounter with the cop, and decides to go back to the gypsy lady and ask for the #10 version.

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