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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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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