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“Jessica”

Adam Green | 2003

Adam Green rode the anti-folk wave from The Moldy Peaches all the way to his quirky solo career. On 2003's "Jessica," he offers up vintage, slapstick Adam Green: It's a faux-ode to pop starlet Jessica Simpson. "I was reading a lot of magazines on tour--I don't know their names but they have glossy pictures of the pop stars," Green said. "Why her? I don't know, maybe she just had the silliest picture in the magazine." In the song, Green chastises Simpson for her "fraudulent smile" and asks her to take his food order.

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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