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Song Stories

“Stand Back”

Stevie Nicks | 1983

Stevie Nicks can thank Prince and a honeymoon drive for this hit single. Hitting the road with her then-husband, Kim Anderson, to embark upon their honeymoon, Nicks heard "Little Red Corvette" on the radio, and immediately came up with the idea for "Stand Back." "I start singing all these words, and I'm like, 'Pull over, we have to get a cassette player! And we have to record this!'" Nicks recalled. Not only did Nicks give Prince half of the royalties for the inspiration for the song, he also played on the track.

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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