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A Salute to ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),’ Tina Turner’s Forgotten ‘Mad Max’ Anthem

In the midst of her well-deserved 1980s comeback, the iconic singer decided to play the villain in ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.’ The soundtrack smash that accompanied the film may be a bit cheesy, but it’s had a surprising afterlife in the worlds of high art and indie-rock.

How a Snowstorm and Rick James Conspired to Create Eddie Murphy’s Unlikely Radio Smash ‘Party All the Time’

In the 1980s, Eddie Murphy could do anything. And so, he decided to become a pop star.

The Civil Rights Anthem ‘Strange Fruit’ Is Never Easy to Hear

With the release of ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday,’ it’s time to remember that one of America’s greatest protest songs is also one of its most painful. It’s as ugly and discomforting as the racist violence it depicts.

Take Two: When Musicians Take a Second Crack at Their Own Songs

Dolly Parton is hardly the first artist who decided to tinker with her old material. In honor of ‘5 to 9,’ we look back at songs that were reinvented — and whether it made them better or worse