Song Stories

“Crimson and Clover”

Tommy James and the Shondells | 1968

Tommy James and Shondells were one of the most reliable pop bands of the late Sixties, recording a string of hits throughout the second half of the Sixties. Written by James and drummer Pete Lucia, "Crimson and Clover" benefited from 24-track recording gear that brought an effects-laden sound to the band. It became the band's biggest hit, selling 5.5 million copies. "Nobody knew if it was going to be accepted," James told Rolling Stone. "When it first came out, everybody thought I had gone crazy. A lot of people thought their radios were broken." Honorable mention should go to Joan Jett's rocking version of the song, as well.

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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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