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Song Stories

“Brimful of Asha”

Cornershop | 1997

Cornershop were not the biggest band to emerge during the Britpop era, but the success of "Brimful of Asha" certainly added some Bollywood swagger to an otherwise totally Anglocentric moment. The subject matter of "Brimful" — film dubbing and Asha Bhosle, India's best-known singer of movie soundtracks — imparted a little something about Indian culture when the song rocketed to Number One in the U.K. and made the Top 20 Modern Rock tracks in the U.S. "I think it's just about everything we've wanted to do within music," said Cornershop founder Tjinder Singh. "To get loads of people of different ages into a song."

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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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