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“Tell 'Em”

Sleigh Bells | 2010

The firestorm of a song saw the Brooklyn-based duo experiencing two moods simultaneously. “So something like “Tell ‘Em” is preach-y without being righteous,” Derek Miller, one half of Sleigh Bells, said. “It’s like we’re disappointed but optimistic. I love that in vocalists.” Miller decided to go for a heavier sound on this particular song. “It has this intense melody on it. I was afraid to do it for so long because I had abandoned heavy drone for a few years. But it was just there, always in the background and I was just craving it.”

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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