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“The Death of You and Me”

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds | 2011

Noel Gallagher made his solo debut with this song about breaking free and escaping from all that will try and destroy you--seemingly a reaction to his break from Oasis and his chaotic relationship with his fromer band mate and brother, Liam. But Galagher denies an explicit connection between the song and his personal life, saying the tune is "A romantic song about...people escaping the surroundings they're in...and having a jolly good time and living happily ever after."

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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