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“Reckless Serenade”

Arctic Monkeys | 2011

Lead Monkeys man Alex Turner was inspired to write this romantic tune, from the Suck It and See album, by a band not exactly famous for creating romantic tunes. "It's just a love song, I suppose," Turner said. "In terms of the sound, I guess some of the stuff we were listening to was like the Pixies." For the album as a whole, Turner channeled other influences besides the Boston indie rockers. "I wanted a good song foundation on this one, so that meant listening to Nick Cave, John Cale, Lou Reed, [David] Bowie, Leonard Cohen."

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Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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