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“Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”

The Ramones | 1977

Written by Joey Ramone, this song is one of the few Ramones tunes that achieved even a tiny bit of U.S. chart success, and may or may not be the impetus for a name craze that surged in the late Seventies. "I combined Sheena, Queen of the Jungle with the primalness of punk rock," Joey told Rolling Stone. "It was funny, because all the girls changed their names to Sheena after that."

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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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