Song Stories

“Me Myself and I”

De La Soul | 1988

Hip-hop band De La Soul included "Me Myself and I" on their debut album, but the song almost didn’t make it on the project. "That was the second to last song recorded for that album," band member Posdnus told Rolling Stone. "[Our label] Tommy Boy was loving how the album was going, but they felt like we needed an introduction song. That was the first time on this album where it was brought to our attention that we may need to make sure we have something that isn't so over someone's head." The song was also used for an episode of the HBO series, "Entourage."

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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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