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“Green Aisles”

Real Estate | 2011

"Green Aisles," the second track from Real Estate's second album, Days, epitomizes the New Jersey indie poppers' sound -- shimmering, distortion-free guitars and softly sung vocals that recall the 1980s Manchester pop of groups like the Smiths and the Stone Roses. "A lot of people say that our songs sound really seasonal," said guitarist Matt Mondanile. "We definitely had that in mind when we were recording 'Green Aisles.' It had to have an autumnal feel; that was really important in that song."

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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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