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Song Stories

“Kicks”

Paul Revere and the Raiders | 1966

A tough garage-pop number with a seething Mark Lindsay vocal, "Kicks" was an unusually stern anti-drug song, almost scolding a girl's dependence on kicks to face the world. The real-life subject on whom the song was based was actually a male friend of writers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. "We wrote it for a friend of ours who flipped out," Mann revealed in Rolling Stone. "It's not a complete anti-drug song; we're not anti-drugs. But the song was for certain people who we think should cool it. Their heads aren't right for drugs."

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“Bizness”

Tune-Yards | 2011

The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, which ranges from playful coos to throat-shredding howls, make “Bizness” reminiscent of another creative medium. “I'd like for them not to be songs as much as quilts or collages or something,” Garbus said.

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