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.
A Deal With Walmart Made Him An Even Wealthier Man
In the '90s, when a musician could still make a bunch of money by selling records, Brooks did the unthinkable and pulled all of his music from every commercial retailer and signed a deal to solely sell his albums at Walmart and Sam's Club.
Today it's not crazy for an artist to have a Target, Walmart, or iTunes exclusive, but Brooks really was the first artist to hedge his bets with one retailer depending on where his fans did most of their shopping.
He's Not Into The Resale Market
If you grew up in the '90s and very early 2000s then you more than likely bought all, if not most, of your music from a used record bin at your local shop. If you ever bought a used Garth Brooks album then he considered you a personal enemy that needed to be stopped at all costs. Sorry, but that's just how G-Nasty rolls.
In the very early '90s Brooks promised to withhold new music from retailers that bought and sold used music because they hampered with an artist's ability to keep track of their sales and get all of those sweet sweet royalties. Brooks backed down when he was faced with an antitrust lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission.
He Eats Like A (Literal) Dog
That's right folks, country superstar Garth Brooks eats like a dog. And he forces his daughters and wife to eat like a dog too. Or at least he did when he was trying to figure out how to be a "cool" dad after he and his first wife divorced in 2000. During a spaghetti night with the family (side note: "Spaghetti Night With Garth Brooks" sounds like it would make an amazing Cattle Decapitation song) Brooks decided to spice things up in the strangest way. “I said, ‘Just take your fork in your right hand. Okay, we’re going to beat it against the table three times then I want you to throw your fork over your shoulder.’ I said, ‘It’s okay.’ Beat it, beat it, and they hurled those forks, I mean just threw ’em. ‘What do we do now?’ I said, ‘Now, you eat like a dog.’" Yeah, no way that was sexual at all.
His Biggest Song Is Based On Peggy Sue Got Married
Hopefully this story isn't pulling the scales from your eyes, but most mainstream artists don't write their own hits and that goes for Garth "Yeah I Eat Like A Dog, So What" Brooks. While he's had a ton of hits across his nearly 30 year career, his biggest and most poignant hit is "The Dance." This ballad seems to be about making the best of your life because there are no second chances, and while that's pretty much true, it turns out that the songwriter was inspired by a weirdo Francis Ford Coppola movie from the '80s called Peggy Sue Got Married.
Music publisher Don Tolle describes the writing of the song like this: "The movie is basically about, if you had one thing you can go back and change in your life, would you? And [Peggy Sue] did, only to realize that it changed everything that came after, and she realizes she wouldn't have wanted it this bad. [Tony] came home from the movie that day and he knew the song."