Song Stories

“Dougou Badia”

Amadou and Mariam | 2011

Following collaborations with Manu Chao and Damon Albarn, and their critically favored album Welcome to Mali, the blind, mid-life Central African couple amped-up their hipster quotient ever higher for the making of their album Folila by enlisting special guests. Featuring Santigold and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner on complimentary vocal and guitar flash, "Dougou Badia," the album's first single, was buzzworthy and yet still grounded in the duo's signature joie de vivre. "People are surprised by the quality of our music, and the way we are able to play with other musicians, to fit into other kinds of music -- that is what amazes them," said Mariam.

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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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