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“Mrs. Robinson”

The Lemonheads | 1992

The Lemonheads are perhaps best known for their pop punk cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic "Mrs. Robinson." But the band recorded the cover song on a whim and lead singer Evan Dando is not very excited about it's success. "I don't like it. It was all just a weird coincidence anyway," Dando told the Tallahassee Democrat. The band recorded the song in about three hours. "The Dickies did a version of 'Mrs. Robinson' that's much better," Dando said. "I don't know why that one never caught on and ours did. I'll never live that one down."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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