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Song Stories

“How Soon Is Now? ”

The Smiths | 1985

Morrissey cribbed the opening lyrics of this track from George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch, but co-composer Johnny Marr has cited a different yet equally unlikely reference point for the music: Derek and the Dominos. “I wanted an intro that was almost as potent as 'Layla,'” the guitarist said. “When [it] plays in a club or a pub, everyone knows what it is.”

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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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