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“Easy”

Faith No More | 1992

Faith No More made a career out of keeping listeners on their toes. Case in point is how the group came up with the idea to cover the Commodores' R&B/soft-rock crossover ballad "Easy." "The motivation was kinda to f--- with people," admitted keyboardist Roddy Bottum. "We'd been covering this the same time as [Black Sabbath's] 'War Pigs' and kids would literally expect us to do 'War Pigs.' So being the a--holes we are, we hear people screaming for 'War Pigs,' it was a case of going into the absolute furthest opposite direction."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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