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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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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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