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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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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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