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Exclusive Audio: The Shins' James Mercer Talks to RS

January 26, 2007 12:00 AM ET

James Mercer, lead singer and songwriter for the indie-pop powerhouse the Shins, sat down with our very own Jenny Eliscu for a glimpse into his perfectly harmonious, yet tortured mind and what inspired their new album Wincing the Night Away. Read the full article here.

It's rare for Mercer to be this open about his creative process, so we wanted to share it with you, faithful Shins lovers. Check out Mercer discussing his personal songwriting technique, as well as why his lyrics are so obscure.

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Song Stories

“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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