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“Do the Panic”

Phantom Planet | 2008

"Panic" has appeared on two Phantom Planet albums: 2004's Phantom Planet: Negatives and a reworked version on 2008's Raise the Dead, but the latter version had some latent secrets. "There's a few lyrical tasties on 'Do the Panic,' our single, that I didn't realize were a part of the lyrics until after I'd heard the song, right before it goes into the chorus" Darren Robinson, the band's guitarist, pointed out. Lead singer Alex Greenwald concurred about the clandestine nature. "There's a lot of weird, weird stuff on our record, hidden" he said. "I'm not at liberty to say. Some horrible things."

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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