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“Stylo”

Gorillaz feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack | 2010

Cartooned bandmate Murdoc described it as being, "An electro-ish 'crack funk' sound, with a little bit of politics and a lot of soul going down," courtesy of soul legend Bobby Womack, who took advantage of the Gorillaz offer to record his first verses in 20 years. Despite the fun nature of the beats, the lyrics commented on a grave situation. "With "Stylo," I wanted the music to feel euphoric, whilst still putting across how precarious our tightly packed situation is now worldwide -- where we're at as a species on this overpopulated planet," Murdoc said.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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