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Song Stories

“Myriad Harbor”

New Pornographers | 2007

Among the earnest power-pop efforts of the New Pornographers' Challengers rests "Myriad Harbours," a ramshackle, typically unhinged track written by band mad-poet Dan Bejar, who is also known for his solo outings as Destroyer. "Sometimes there are songs that are 15 years old that I'm not going to record," he said. "That's happened more than once. Once I wrote a song about the New Pornographers that was called 'Myriad Harbour,' and that's about it." As it name-drops bandmates Carl (Newman) and John (Collins), the track's both indie inside-baseball and a sing-a-long anthem.

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“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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