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“Under the Westway”

Blur | 2012

Damon Albarn debuted what is only the second new Blur song in nine years at a fundraiser, but he said it could possibly be the final Blur track ever. "Initially I wrote it as a slightly wistful national anthem for my house," Albarn said. "I had this idea of getting it made into an old 78 record and making a flag and then just playing it -- just being really silly. But I had these chords and I ended up writing this tune around it. I don’t really do anything with Blur any more … Maybe this tune’s a last little coda to the whole story."

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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