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“Drifter's Escape”

Jimi Hendrix | 1974

Jimi Hendrix was a great interpreter of Bob Dylan's work, from his definitive version of "All Along the Watchtower" to more rare takes of "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" He liked "Drifter's Escape" from the moment he heard it on Dylan's 1967 album John Wesley Harding. "Oh, yeah, I liked that. 'Help me in my' — what's that? That was groovy. I want to do that one," he said. Recorded in 1970 at Electric Lady Studios, Hendrix's tripped-out version, delivered with a blast of funk, first reached release on the 1974 Loose Ends comp, and again on the South Saturn Delta collection of demos and alternate tracks.

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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