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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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“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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