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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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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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