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“Blackout”

Scorpions | 1982

There must have been a hell of a night that inspired this tale of waking up with someone that is not exactly your normal taste and not knowing how you got there or what day it is. The famed album cover, of a bandaged man with forks in his eyes, is a self-portrait of Austrian artist Gottfried Hellnwein. Though never a critical favorite, the Scorpions broke into the top 10 for the first time with this album and Metal Assault hailed the "Heavy riffs, blazing solos and endlessly catchy hooks."

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“Bizness”

Tune-Yards | 2011

The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, which ranges from playful coos to throat-shredding howls, make “Bizness” reminiscent of another creative medium. “I'd like for them not to be songs as much as quilts or collages or something,” Garbus said.

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