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Song Stories

“Rule Breaker”

Ashlee Simpson | 2008

This song was Ashlee Simpson's sttempt to channel her inner bad girl. She explained that she wanted “to capture that bada-- feeling you get sometimes after watching a movie like True Romance. You think you can take on the world and you want to color outside the lines and get a tattoo or mouth off to someone way bigger than you,” she said. Simpson originally planned to call the album "Rule Breaker" is on Color Outside the Lines after a line in the song before deciding on Bittersweet World instead.

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“Vicious”

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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