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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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“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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