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“Danger! High Voltage”

Electric Six | 2003

Detroit’s Electric Six scored their first big hit with the humorous single "Danger! High Voltage," a mix of funk, disco and garage rock featuring dueling vocals from Dick Valentine and Jack White, who appears as an unbilled guest. "Fire in the disco, fire in the Taco Bell!" snarls Valentine over a barrage of electric guitars, but the track didn’t always have these lines. "[It] started out as a ditty without lyrics we would do when someone broke a string," said the band’s former drummer, M. "Dick finally wrote lyrics to it and we recorded it on a whim."

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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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