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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“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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