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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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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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