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Song Stories

“1901”

Phoenix | 2009

Phoenix don't shy away from their French roots on their pop song "1901," the lead single from their hit record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. "It's about Paris at a time when Paris was really modern," bassist Deck d'Arcy told Rolling Stone. Lead singer Thomas Mars affirmed his love for the City of Light during the turn of the 20th century, stating, "Paris in 1901 was better than what it is now. It's still nice, but 1901 was better. So this is the fantasy about Paris."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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