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“Province”

TV on the Radio | 2006

On "Province," a shoegaze fest about uncertainty in a time of change, TV on the Radio are resolved to remain strong, even curious. "Let it follow that we let it free, let it fly," Tunde Adebimbe sings. And the motto of "just going with it" might be how the band got David Bowie to sing backup on the track in the first place. “Our guitarist knew Bowie’s doorman and passed along our first CD," Adebimbe told Rolling Stone. They passed along more demos and told the glam-rock legend, "'If you want to be a part of it, let us know.' He did," Adebimpe said.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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