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“I Don't Need Society”

D.R.I. | 1983

Bands that fall into the grindcore category seem to abide by a simple guideline: "How fast can you go?" And D.R.I. (short for "Dirty Rotten Imbeciles") are considered one of the genre's godfathers, as heard by their Dirty Rotten LP from 1983, and this, the album's lead-off cut — which barely lasts more than a minute. "I laugh when I listen to those early albums," D.R.I. singer Kurt Brech said. "Sounds like a grinding noise! Someone told me we invented grindcore, could be true but we never planned it that way. We were just experimenting with playing as fast as we could and still stay tight." 

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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