……….. No one ever plays the B-Side, do they? So no one cares what it sounds like.
OK, so you have an album out and you’ve picked the killer single, what do you do about that pesky flipside?
There are a few schools of thought;
1) Stick on another album track.
2) Put out something from the back catalogue that no one really likes enough to release on it’s own merits.
3) Use that song that wasn’t good enough for the album itself but is OK really.
4) Put the drummer’s new song on. It will stop him moaning that no one takes his stuff seriously.
5) Do a cover version of something you used to do live before you had a decent set-list.
6) Remix the single and bang that on.
7) Put on a really good song that will be a genuine treasure for the fans.
I suppose that there are other options but these seem to cover most bases, judging by what I’ve heard over the years.
I always liked singles back when they were releases in their own right, not radio fodder for the album’s marketing campaign, but most bands stopped doing that a long, long time ago.
I suppose that Factory, and also Rough Trade, kept on with the stand-alone single for longer than most, it fitted in with the real indie ethos that came out of punk and therefore, they probably kept the genuine B-side alive for longer than a lot of other labels.
Anyway, this is a rag-bag of different songs that in their own ways all fit into the options I’ve mentioned above.
In A Lonely Place was the B-side of New Order’s first single, “Ceremony”
A House Is Not A Motel was on the back of the USA single release of the great “Alone Again Or” by Love.
Dusty backed her single “Son Of A Preacher Man” with Just A Little Lovin’.
The Sundays I Kicked A Boy was the B-Side for “Can’t Be Sure”.
Him Dancing was remixed as the flip for Throwing Muses’ “Not Too Soon” (this though is the album version from “The Real Ramona”)
The Clash remixed “Magnificent Seven” as Magnificent Dance as the B-Side for that one.
Siouxsie and the Banshees put out An Execution as the B-Side for “Cities In Dust”, but left it off the original album release of Tinderbox.
AC/DC stuck another album track, Have A Drink On Me out when they released “You Shook Me All Night Long” from the classic Back in Black album.
Novelty was the B-Side on Joy Division’s “Transmission” single.
And finally, that well-known regular chart-topping beat combo King Crimson released the instrumental improvised piece Groon as the flipside for their 1970 smasheroo “Catfood”.