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“Irresistible Force”

Jane's Addiction | 2011

Jane's Addiction admit they prefer to not explain their songs and would rather let the listener figure out the meaning for themselves. But after several erroneous explanations of this song were released in the media, Perry Farrell came clean on the real inspiration for the track. "The song is really a love story, and a theory on creation," he explained. "A sexual explosion caused the creation of our galaxy, and all earthly life. We -- in both his and hers image -- continue this process." "Irresistible Force" was included on The Great Escape Artist, which was the band’s first album in eight years.

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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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