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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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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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