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“Divine Hammer”

The Breeders | 1993

Kim Deal explored and questioned her religious upbringing through "Hammer." "It's not fair that folk singers preach a happy message and the goodness of living off the land and 'If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning,'" Deal told Rolling Stone. "That doesn't exist. That's what I'm saying in 'Divine Hammer.' It's mainly about looking for something so hard through your life that people said was there. When I grew up and went to Sunday school, they said it was going to be really great … I believe everything everybody told me. And that's why I'm so pissed off now."

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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