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“Enola Gay”

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | 1980

"Enola Gay" is a synthpop song with an unlikely provenance: It was named after the bomber (which, in turn, was named after the pilot's mother) that dropped the devastating "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima during WWII. "Many people simply don't know what it's actually about," Andy McCluskey of the British duo said. "Some even thought it was a coded message that we were gay." Actually, OMD had a much simpler explanation as to where the song came from. "We were both geeks about WWII airplanes," he said. "The most famous and influential single bomber was Enola Gay. Obvious choice for us, really."

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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