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Song Stories

“Men's Needs”

The Cribs | 2007

With the energetic tune "Men’s Needs," this three-piece English band takes on gender stereotypes in rock & roll. "We were a little disillusioned by the attitudes of indie bands," Cribs bassist and singer Gary Jarman said. "It seems like bands would be singing slightly misogynistic lyrics. So we just tried to flip it around." A dance-y, frantic guitar riff drives the song. In the video, the band members emasculate themselves as a nude woman objectifies them while they try to perform. "She’s the dominant force in the video," Jarman said.

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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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