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“Andrew in Drag”

The Magnetic Fields | 2012

“[The song’s] about a straight guy who falls madly in love with the drag persona of his straight friend Andrew,” Magnetic Fields auteur Stephin Merritt said about his tune. The gender-ambiguous music video directed by Scott Valins further explored the “drag persona” Merritt sang about. “We took the opportunity to create a vibrant collage, exploring the intimate process of transforming ones gender,” Valins said. “The backbone of the piece is a series of intimate portraits that lead the viewer to their own complex conclusions of what they are attracted to.”

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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