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“Louisiana”

The Walkmen | 2006

The Walkmen have a theory about their writing "Louisiana," the lead track for their third full-length, A Hundred Miles Off: "When you listen to the album over and over again, you're not going to hate the first song," lead singer Hamilton Leithauser said. They designed "Louisisana" to be a horn-aplenty party song in the vein of the Kinks, but somewhere out there exists another version. "Then we did a dub reggae version that was a little weird," Leithauser said. "It was all King Tubby-d out. We never made it out of the studio with that one. I hope it resurfaces as a B side some day."

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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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