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“Addicted to Drugs”

Kaiser Chiefs | 2008

“Addicted to Drugs” is the Kaiser Chiefs' take on Robert Palmer’s Eighties hit “Addicted to Love,” minus his sexy backing "musicians." But this cheeky take on the pop classic was actually the second version of the song, as the first try didn’t sit well with the band. “The combination of the title, the sentiment and the downbeat-ness made it sound judgmental,” bassist Simon Rix said about the original version. The band then recorded the more upbeat take, which incorporated lots of percussion, including producer Mark Ronson on the agogo bell.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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