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“Satellite”

The Kills | 2011

Kills guitarist Jamie Hince was inspired to write "Satellite" after a frustrating phone conversation he had with his girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss. "I was on tour and the signal kept going," he recalled. “I kept losing her. It turned into a daydream about the universe and vibrations, and how a voice can go from one side of the planet to the other via satellite -- and it's all vibrations." The song is on the duo’s fourth album, “Blood Pressure," which is the first project for which Hince and bandmate Alison Mosshart chose to not write every song together.

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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