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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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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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