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“The Freed Pig”

Sebadoh | 1991

Not long after being unceremoniously kicked out of Dinosaur (later Dinosaur Jr.), Lou Barlow decided to fully channel his creative energy into his lo-fi project Sebadoh. "The Freed Pig" opens Sebadoh's 1991 album, III, and finds Barlow opening up about his relationship with Dinosaur's J. Mascis with lines like, "You were right, I was battling you, trying to prove myself." "I carried that grudge for a long time and resorted to small-minded revenge tactics," said Barlow. "I sued J, wrote songs about him, s--t-talked him any opportunity I got." The two eventually reconciled, re-forming Dinosaur Jr. in 2005 and going on to release several albums of new material.

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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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