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“Boyfriend”

Best Coast | 2010

This garage-pop project of L.A.'s Bethany Cosentino and her musical partner Bobb Bruno laid down its debut LP mission statement with "Boyfriend": huge guitars and bigger romantic angst. But the track’s also a tip-off to Best Coast’s post-girl-group influences: It opens with a drum fill borrowed from the Boss's "Badlands." "That's an accidental homage to Springsteen," Cosentino says. "People think we ripped it off, but Bobb claims he had no idea. Now, every time I hear that song I can only think about myself, which p---es me off. I'd rather not think about myself when I'm listening to Bruce Springsteen."

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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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