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“The EMI Song”

Alex Chilton | 2012

In 1969, during the twilight of the Box Tops and before the formation of Big Star, Alex Chilton made a solo record, Free Again, that would go unreleased for 40 years. Released posthumously in 2012, the standout track, “The EMI Song” is Chilton at his most earnest and romantic, pledging his love. Big Star drummer Jody Stephens told Rolling Stone that Chilton was “nothing but a guy channeling the emotions he was feeling at the time, completely unadulterated.”

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Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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