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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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“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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