How often do you find yourself thinking about Garth Brooks and Chris Gaines? If you’re like most red-blooded Americans, it’s anywhere from three to five times a day. If Garth Brooks had never tried to make a career out of becoming an Australian pop idol, then it’s likely that his career would just be a piece of 90s nostalgia that you hear about on trivia nights.
There’s nothing in the Garth Brooks biography that points towards this wildly successful country singer casting his career aside in order to create a new persona for himself and confuse the living hell out of everyone. If you’re asking “Who was Chris Gaines and why are you talking about Garth Brooks?” Then you need to keep reading because you’re life is about to become 100% better than you ever thought it could be.
Even if you’re a real Brooks-head (or Brook-o-phile or Brooks-a-million), there’s plenty of Garth Brooks trivia on here that you don’t know. For instance, he enjoys eating food like a dog, he’s written at least two scripts that were almost turned into major motion pictures, and he’s jealous of tornadoes.
All of those things are true, and if he wasn’t already, Garth Brooks is now your favorite pop star of all time. Whether you grew up listening to Ropin’ the Wind in the backseat of your mom’s grey station wagon, or you avoided his Mo Betta clothed torso like the plague, these Garth Brooks facts are going to make you feel like you’ve got friends in Garth places.
You can't keep good ol' Garth down, so why do you keep trying? "The Thunder Rolls," the massive single from his 1990 album No Fences has a third verse that was omitted from the recording where he details a distraught woman grabbing a gun from her dresser to either kill herself or her abusive husband. People go nuts when he sings the verse live, however, because who doesn't like a 30 second revenge film?
When it came time to make a video for the single Brooks decided that they should act out this portion of the song to tie the two versions together, but CMT really didn't like that and they banned the video for condoning "gratuitous violence [and] social issues." Yes, whatever you do please don't educate the CMT audience about domestic violence. After the dust up CMT agreed to air the video if Brooks would film a PSA about the video. He said no way, and decided to sell a collection of his music videos featuring the unedited video for "The Thunder Rolls," and this probably made him ALL of the money.
What is up with Garth Brooks and adding extra verses to his songs that don't make it to the album? It's like, dude, we already want to come see you fly around a football stadium on a rope while you play your hit tunes, don't make us learn all new words to your song, you know?
Not only does his domestic violence anthem "The Thunder Rolls" have a third verse about a woman shooting someone to death (Is it her? Is it her husband? Is it Garth?!), but his all time party song "Friends in Low Places" has a third verse that's basically just the second verse, but with a raunchy twist. Oh Mr. Brooks, you're ever the mischievous artist.
Aside from the money, power, and fame, the best part about being a popular artist is that you can help your friends achieve their dreams. Or, if nothing else, get them cushy jobs in your entourage. On Brooks' hit single from his debut album he name checks rodeo rider and country singer Chris LeDoux, and this simple mention was enough to put LeDoux on the national radar and garner him a recording contract at Capitol Records.
It turns out that singing songs about being a provincial dum-dum while dressing like you're out on the range is appealing to people of all nationalities, especially the English. While on his 1993 world tour, Brooks endured the wry zingers of the UK press and that must have led to him selling out massive venues like Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre and London's Wembley Arena. Nick Barraclough, a popular English country DJ, even took to referring to Brooks as "Garth Vader" because of the way he was "invading the charts," even though that's not why Darth Vader is named Darth Vader.
Anyway, not the point. The point is that the citizens of the UK love Brooks so much that there's even a tribute act for Brooks called Garth Brooks UK and they apparently do very well.