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“Take It In”

Hot Chip | 2009

Frontman Alexis Taylor told Rolling Stone that "there can be records that have great warmth with house rhythms," which was Hot Chip's mantra on "Take It In." "It does reference a lot of Eighties house music," bandmate Joe Goddard said. "In my mind, melodically, it's inspired by a few different things: 'Promised Land,' by Joe Smooth. There was this song 'Set It Off' also that inspired us. But we wanted this song to sound like a church choir -- no distinctive vocals but merge them all together so that it would sound classic." To get that classic tone, the band used Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere" as a reference point.

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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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