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Which bands always have good b-sides?
dont know bout nowadays though as they are both now shit haha radiohead usually have some good remixes and b-sides, pretty consistantly
But people who DID:
Arab Strap / Delgados / Mogwai / most Chemikal Underground bands
theres a name i not heard in a long time! i miss that band :( haha
oasis back in the day used to have 3 or 4 per single. didnt noel gallagher say something like, "b-sides shouldnt be shit" or something very similar.
it's the standard response to any b-sides thread.
Boo Radleys and Supergrass all had pretty good b-sides.
I think that, generally, bands that you think are good will make b-sides that you think are good?
Mew put a load of old songs as B-sides from recent singles, dunno if that counts.
Oasis b-sides are prolly better than 90% of the stuff on their albums too
Warmer than Fire, Sweetness Of Death By The Obsidian Knife, Where Is Our Love Going?, Melon Farmer...
They consistently had awesome B-Sides. Swallows in the Heatwave is one of my favourite Blur tunes.
early Bloc Party ones are pretty great, and practically everyone Hope of the States ever did. In actual fact I'd say that some HOTS b-sides are better than pretty much every LP track they ever made... ''Angels Over Kilburn' *shivers*
You can squeeze out a decent album-length cd/playlist with their b-sides even without EP tracks. Also, the B-sides to A Weekend In The City act as a great transition from Silent Alarm to said album.
Muse used to, not sure these days as i lost interest
Along with British Sea Power, one of the best B-sides bands I can think of off the top of my head. RH probably win the title of 'best b-sides band ever', loads of their b-sides are better than the album tracks they accompany.
But didn't we do this a few days ago?
if the non-lead tracks on EPs count.
slow graffiti (off 3,6,9 seconds) is probably my favourite B&S songs.
<3 B&S. please make them record a new album.
But considering how much time he must take to complete his album sessions it's no surprise.
as do Radiohead, Pumpkins had good ones too... and as painful as it may be to admit, Oasis had some great B-sides.
I seem to remember Cloudburst was a good 'un, but haven't been there for a while.
Beck had a few good B's, too.
The first CD of Sci-Fi Lullabies is immense.
I think The Drowners/My Insatiable One/To The Birds is my favourite collection of songs on one single.
They've released 3 albums worth of b-sides and a 4th lot is coming soon. Amazing stuff. All of it is just as good, if not better than the studio stuff, particularly All Systems Go Vol 3.
i would say Pisces Iscariot is up there in top bsides albums. discuss.
will say masterplan as well before someone else does.
from further up.
Some of the best (if anyone's interested):
Scottish Wildlife Experience
Gale Warnings in Viking North
A Lovely Day Tomorrow
Elizabeth and Susan Meet The Pelican
The Spirit of St. Louis!
Save The Purple House
Everybody Must Be Saved
Ooby Dooby Doo (silly, but fun)
Tugboat (a compilation track, but get it anyway)
And the Krakenhaus EP is all good too.
How is "Elizabeth and Susan..."? It's one of the few I've never managed to hear, i'm told it is a little odd.
Elizabeth and Susan is quite different, 7-8 minutes long, can't remember any vocals, but then I'm not very good at describing or remembering songs. Is worth tracking down though.
I remember them playing that at a gig in Bristol just after I first moved here... Think maybe it was at the Bierkeller.
I always thought their B-sides were better than most of the stuff on their albums. Especially 'The Groove', that one's a corker
Pumpkins' Aeroplane Flies High boxset were wonderful - james iha's version of a night like this is sublime, though the sheer audacity to do a 20 min mix up of all your unused riffs (pastichio medley) is sheer indulgence! Billy's piano version of My Blue Heaven is just beautiful...
Elbow have done loads of good b-sides, not just their cover of Independent Woman Pt II, well worth some emusic credits though surely an album should be in the works to collect them?
Portastatic (mac from superchunk) just put out a three disc set of b-sides and rarities that has some of their/his best stuff, the third disc was free to download from the merge website
Inbetween Days b/w The Exploding Boy
Lovesong b/w 2 Late (and Fear of Ghosts on the 12")
Friday I'm in Love b/w Halo
They could all be double A-sides.
Then there's the split personality singles:
Just Like Heaven b/w Breathe
Charlotte Sometimes b/w Splintered in Her Head
A Forest b/w Another Journey by Train
Seriously, the flipside to the cassette edition of Standing On A Beach, which featured all the b-sides to the singles up to '85, is just as good the main side.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXjXfl2uid8 its the b-side to beetlebum : p
Lipstick Traces, the b-side comp, was dreadful in the respect that they slapped some half-arsed covers disc there while so many great b-sides were left out. Plus they couldn't time travel to include songs from after its release.
Their b-sides were better than most people's a-sides, especially from The Bends/OK Computer period - they were practically shitting gold.
Oasis, Ash, Biffy Clyro and Idlewild all had superb songs as b-sides.
There was a band called Straw who had some pretty forgettable a-sides, but their b-sides were always much better. Anybody remember them? Thought so