Lyrics Undercover 292: “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” – Steely Dan

  Steely Dan has been together, in one form or another, for the better part of 45 years. They stand as an example of that which cannot be imitated, a sound to which other musicians may aspire but never reach. This week’s song, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” was released in 1974 as the opening track of their third album “Pretzel Logic.” It is the highest charting single of the group’s career.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 290: “The Girl from Ipanema” – Astrud Gilberto

  It may come as a surprise that Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is not the most covered song ever. That honor falls to the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” In the number two spot is a song born in Brazil, a bossa nova released in English in 1964: “The Girl from Ipanema,” sung by Astrud Gilberto.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 288: “Falling Slowly” – The Swell Season

  Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, also known under the moniker of The Swell Season, are most well known for their work as the lead actors for the movie musical Once. Hansard and Irglova weave emotionally resonant folk that is powered by their intimacy and Hansard’s powerful voice. The subject of today’s Lyrics Undercover is a track from the soundtrack to the movie Once, “Falling Slowly.”
 
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Lyrics Undercover 285: “Home” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

  A “traveling vagabond family” and a “L.A. hippie clan” the indie folk band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros plays loud, high energy music defined by an unbridled positivity. The ten piece band appear to be more like a traveling circus, or a cult than that of a rock band. Lead by Alex Ebert, the band’s bright, high energy music serves as a remedy to a pessimism and negativity. The subject of this week’s Lyrics Undercover will be the breakout hit from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ first album, Up From Below, “Home.”
 
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Lyrics Undercover 284: “We Are Young” – fun.

  There is an adolescent verve that defines the music of the pop group fun. The three person band, Nate Ruess formerly of The Format, Andrew Dost of Anathallo, and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train, balances classic rock and contemporary hip-hop to create unique high energy pop. fun.’s music addresses a meandering generation through deeply personal songwriting, and Ruess’ powerful voice. The subject of today’s Lyrics Undercover is fun.’s ubiquitous single from their second album Some Nights, “We Are Young.”
 
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Lyrics Undercover 283: “Come Out And Play” – The Offspring

  There’s no denying that some songs offer enjoyment on a multitude of levels. Combining elements of frat-house party anthem, Middle-Eastern influenced musical scales, social commentary, and bruising Punk energy, Come Out and Play by The Offspring is just such a song, and it’s the subject of this week’s Lyrics Undercover.