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“The Gaudy Side of Town”

Gayngs | 2010

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon makes a crooning cameo on this slinky, Eighties-inspired soft-rock number by the two dozen or so musicians who embody this somewhat tongue-in-cheek supergroup-of-sorts. According to lyricist Zach Coulter, "Gaudy Side of Town" is about "trying to keep a straight face during particularly emotional times." That musi inude times like the one when Prince showed up and almost took the stage at the band's prom-themed album release show.

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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