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“Coffee Spoon”

Cold War Kids | 2010

Cold War Kids lead singer Nathan Willett wrote this song about making the transition from austerity to having more of an appreciation for the finer things in life. "'Coffee Spoon' is kind of about how in relationships and internally there is something really great about being frugal but it is also easy to be chintzy," Willett said. "To give little and need little. I think the idea of being ascetic was always appealing to me, but then I had to learn how to shed some of that stuff … to 'spend.' So a coffee spoon in a china room was a metaphor for learning to value precious things."

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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