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“I Wanna Be Your Dog”

The Stooges | 1969

When the Stooges penned "I Wanna Be Your Dog," the group was trying to express the perfect pick-up line -- if you were a Detroit punk. As guitarist Ron Asheton explained, "The title came from you see some girl that you really liked, and what's the crudest but kind of polite thing you could say? 'Well, hey, baby, I wanna be your dog!' All the titles came from real-life slang." Further "Stooges slang" would appear on the 1970 LP Fun House, in the song "Down on the Street" (the phrase "o-mind") and as the title of the tune "TV Eye."

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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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