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“Blind”

Hercules & Love Affair | 2008

Before "Blind," Antony Hegarty was known for his evocative vibrato and somber, chamber-influenced work with his band Antony and the Johnsons. But lending his powerhouse vocals to DFA Records electro-disco project Hercules and Love Affair let him show off his less cerebral side. "I love that quote from Nina Simone, where she says, 'I sing to know that I am alive,'" he said. "Dance is the same -- you are kind of crying out with your body, jumping out, almost in for a mysterious feeling [that] you couldn't call one thing … Dancing and singing merges that feeling with creativity."

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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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