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“Take the Skinheads Bowling”

Camper Van Beethoven | 1985

Even for a band known for quirky indie rock, Camper Van Beethoven's determination to "Take the Skinheads Bowling" made for an offbeat song, the band jovially inserting lyrics about forgetting dreams and the failure of any of the song's lines to rhyme. It reached a new audience in 2002 when Teenage Fanclub's version was used on the soundtrack of Bowling for Columbine. "It's about nothing, really," CVB's David Lowery said. "But it's one of those songs that the more you repeat the mantra the more you understand it."

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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