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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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“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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