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15 Years Ago: Queens of the Stone Age Make Some Noise With ‘Songs for the Deaf’

Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Interscope

The California rockers' expansive third album took the guise of a trip from Los Angeles to the desert, but drove QOTSA to new levels of popularity.

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Dreams, Politics and TV Converge for R.E.M. on ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

REM It's the End of the World As We Know It

R.E.M. brought together a variety of experiences to create the second 'Document' single and one of the most famous songs in the band's catalog.

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30 Years Ago: Tom Waits Completes a Long-Burning Project With ‘Franks Wild Years’

Hulton Archie / Getty Images
Hulton Archie / Getty Images

The third album in a trilogy, the songs on 'Franks Wild Years' were also written to be performed in a play Tom Waits created with his wife, Kathleen Brennan.

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R.E.M.’s Cover of Wire’s ‘Strange’ Speaks to the Moment: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

IRS
IRS

One of only two times R.E.M. has included a cover on one of their studio albums, "Strange" found the band updating the sludgy Wire song.

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‘Disturbance at the Heron House’ Finds R.E.M. Tackling George Orwell and Ronald Reagan: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

George Keoning, Getty Images
George Keoning, Getty Images

Michael Stipe was inspired by 'Animal Farm' to create an animalized revolution put down by the Reagan administration.

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35 Years Ago: R.E.M. Make a Mysterious Statement with Debut EP ‘Chronic Town’

R.E.M. Chronic Town cover art
I.R.S. Records

After the success of their "Radio Free Europe" single, R.E.M. took the next step with the 'Chronic Town' EP.

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35 Years Ago: Yaz Becomes a Shooting Star With ‘Upstairs at Eric’s’

Mute
Mute

Yaz was a product of happenstance, created by two very different figures who barely knew each other. Yet, somehow it worked.

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30 Years Ago: ‘Dirty Dancing’ Time Warp Helps Soundtrack Become One of the Best-Selling Albums of All Time

RCA
RCA

The soundtrack to 'Dirty Dancing' has endured because of how well it blended the sounds of the '60s and '80s.

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R.E.M.’s Anger Comes Into Focus on ‘Welcome to the Occupation’: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

Keystone, Getty Images
Keystone, Getty Images

The second track on 'Document' was the third R.E.M. song about U.S. intervention in Central and South America. It was the band's most direct repudiation yet.

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15 Years Ago: Sleater-Kinney Combine the Personal and Political Into ‘One Beat’

Sleater-Kinney One Beat
Kill Rock Stars

After a busy couple of years off, Sleater-Kinney returned in August 2002 with their most pointed and experimental album to date.

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