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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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R.E.M. Gets Loud, Gets Political, but Stays Weird on ‘Finest Worksong': The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

I.R.S.
I.R.S.

As R.E.M. sprinted toward a long-developing commercial breakthrough in 1987, they came to more fully understand their own powers as a band.

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15 Years Ago: Spoon Break Through With ‘Kill the Moonlight’

Spoon Kill the Moonlight
Merge

After years of bad luck in the record industry, the Austin, Texas band built some momentum with their fourth album, released in August 2002.

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Prince Looks Back As He Races Forward on ‘Delirious': 365 Prince Songs in a Year

Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers

Prince's 1983 Top 10 hit "Delirious" that was both retro and completely new, both commercial and slyly experimental.

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30 Years Ago: XTC Is Saved by the Dukes of Stratosphear’s ‘Psonic Psunspot’

Geffen
Geffen

The Dukes of Stratosphear were more than an endlessly fun XTC offshoot band.

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The Prince and Michael Jackson Collaboration That Never Happened: 365 Prince Songs in a Year

Epic / Warner Brothers
Epic / Warner Brothers

Prince and Michael Jackson had an odd and seemingly contentious relationship over the years - and almost collaborated on one of Jackson's biggest hits.

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20 Years Ago: Morrissey Loses a Court Battle, Then Loses His Way on ‘Maladjusted’

Mercury
Mercury

Morrissey was a musician without a sound, a citizen without a country, and man outside the mainstream by the time 'Maladjusted' arrived.

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25 Years Ago: Sonic Youth Tries to Break Through With ‘Dirty,’ But Doesn’t

Geffen
Geffen

'Dirty' was supposed to be Sonic Youth‘s big break.

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‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Takes a Long, Strange Road to Immortality: 365 Prince Songs in a Year

Chrysalis / Warner Brothers / Sirius XM / Getty Images / Paisley Park / YouTube
Chrysalis / Warner Brothers / Sirius XM / Getty Images / Paisley Park / YouTube

The song Prince wrote under the Family name became a huge hit for Sinead O'Connor - and took a long, strange path to become one of his signature songs.

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15 Years Ago: Bonnaroo’s Jam Band-Heavy Debut Starts a Stateside Revolution

Bonnaroo
Jeff Gentner, Getty Images

Festivals rule the summer music scene in the U.S., but that wasn’t always the case.

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