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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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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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