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“Hot Burrito #1 / Hot Burrito #2”

The Flying Burrito Brothers | 1969

These companion pieces from The Gilded Palace of Sin were penned by Gram Parsons and Burritos bass player Chris Ethridge during a single writing session. According to band cofounder Chris Hillman, "#1" was inspired by Parsons' breakup with Nancy Parsons, nee Ross, who took his name though they never officially married. "I only heard two great vocals out of that guy: 'Hot Burrito #1' and 'Hot Burrito #2,'" Hillman said of his Byrds/Burritos partner. "The rest of it was good, and there was a lot of soul; he was a very emotional singer. But those two vocals were tearjerkers -- they give you chills."

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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