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“Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

D'Angelo | 2000
R’n’b singer D’Angelo’s sophomore album, Voodoo, was a collaborative effort with the Soulquarians, a production collective including The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove. The single “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” was notable for its risqué video, which featured a nude, muscular D’Angelo shot from just above the waist. ?uestlove recalled how D’Angelo got into shape during the recording of the album. “One of the marvels of life was how this ma-fucker could eat all these eggs and twelve pounds of turkey bacon and be fit for ‘Untitled,’” he told Rolling Stone. “Money was definitely overweight by '96, so they got him a drill sergeant. This guy didn't take no shit.”
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“Don't Dream It's Over”

Crowded House | 1986

Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

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