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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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