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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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“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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