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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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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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