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“Such Great Heights”

The Postal Service | 2003

In 2002, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello entered into a long-distance musical relationship. The Death Cab For Cutie singer and the electronic music producer collaborated on an album from their respective cities, Seattle and L.A., forming the Postal Service. The electro-pop single "Such Great Heights" may sound like it could be a pensive love song, but for Gibbard, it was a departure from some of the more forlorn tunes he's written. "I think 'Such Great Heights' is the first time I've ever written a positive love song," he said, "where it's a song about being in love and how it's rad, rather than having your heart broken."

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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