Best dance music B-sides ever

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I've been moving into a new place the last couple of days and of course 1st thing to get set up is my stereo. Since I've actually got things to be doing, rather than fiddling constantly, stopping songs before they've finished, etc. I've been whacking all my 12 inches on and just letting them play while I... scratch my head and figure out where the bed should go. ANYWAY I've heard a bunch of great stuff that I hadn't paid enuf attention to the first time. So what B-sides of big choons have worked their way into your heart?

* b-side of "Space Invaders are Smoking Grass" is way better than said supersingle

* b-side of that "Bushes" song is GRATE - the exact drums from Billie Jean with sleazy synth stabs and indeterminate whisky-drenched purrings

* b-side of Pepe Broddick's (!!) "Life" is incredible. who is this guy? uptempo drums with slow, melancholy jazzhorn chord inversions, just kind of lifting the song along, like weary sails taking the breeze.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

(Where's the bed go = you have found somewhere to live, Tracer?)

mark s, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

B-side to Richard Berry's "you are my sunshine" = orig. version of "Louie Louie", therefore the greatest dance music b-side ever.

fritz, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

mark, "moving into a new place" = i have found somewhere to live. i didn't mean to get all metaphysical on y'all.

i did not know that about louie louie. this is a perfect example of a great b-side: something so different in tone from its flip that it adds to an appreciation of the OTHER song just because you know the guy's got it in him.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh and my new apartment's hot. It's got a spiral staircase! My room is big enuf now that I don't have to plan where I'm going to put my FEET when I go to sleep.

And thanXor to old buddy/new housemate, I am now the infrequent walker of a dog named Charlie who is just about the sweetest wittle woogums that you woo woo goood boy woo yes he's a good boy.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"octaedre" by basic channel. and "salsa" on albertracks.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Of all time? Has to be "D'Ya Like Scratchin'" by Malcolm McLaren/World's Famous Supreme Team (B-side of "Soweto" 12" - early '83) which turns into "Red River Valley" halfway through. Guaranteed floorfiller at end of night at Oxford May Balls of old.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 27 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The B side to LFO - LFO .. "Track 4" amazing tune, i think theres another mix of it on the album but the single mix is superb...

jk, Wednesday, 29 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Good point Tracer, there's a rich heritage of dance singles overshadowed by their B-sides, tracks that otherwise might never have been made available being too extreme: minimal, abstract or derivative. I often feel such tracks are don't recieve a full release because they're the product of fluke combinations or serendipitous studio accidents, and though the end result's perfect, the artist may not value them as A-side material because, no matter how inspired, they're aware of how simple the process was.
The example that readily comes to mind is the B-side of Running (Alan Braxe/Fred Falke - Vulture 00), It's the slightest of tracks, ridiculously basic, but carries the efficacy of prime Mills or Hawtin -a fat DX arpeggio, punishingly looped, that shifts incrementally in tone with every repetition, or perhaps it doesn't even do that, it's simply mesmerising. A raw slice of avant-guard disco, even less accessible than his previous single, Vertigo (I can't even remember if there's a rhythm or a melody, they're so integral, all that comes through is a pattern) just a blunt sample, like John Carpenter's Assualt on Precinct 13, locked in a steadily ascending cycle, imperceptibly modified with each loop, an effect that operates like a drone, ragas, or even op-art - a sonic trompe- l'oeil. That ambiguity, the lack of discernable changes or reference points, just happens to be one of the effects that makes techno so appealing to me, and as I've said many times before, appropriate for motorway driving, where the environment is distilled into subtly shifting patterns of light and vibration. Dancing to it, I'm prone to shutting my eyes and making 90 degree turns, and shugging across the floor. Actually, having said all that, I have an awkward suspicion why this track was relegated to the flip side. Thats where you put the DJ tools.

K-reg, Wednesday, 29 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

So Louie Louie = DJ tools. Sounds about right to me.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 30 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

sorry, that was a flip reply. but i love thinking of Louie Louie as dancefloor functionalism.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

eighteen years pass...

deee-lite "what is love?" !!!

dyl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 08:11 (two weeks ago) link

is that the same version thats on their first album ?

mark e, Sunday, 24 November 2019 12:31 (two weeks ago) link

basically yes. the main version on the single (the 'holographic goatee mix') is essentially the same as the album version, but about 30 seconds longer

dyl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 16:54 (two weeks ago) link

such a great song.
i love it, so those extra 30 secs sound very appealing.

mark e, Sunday, 24 November 2019 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6151FY8iFo

oder doch?, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

Nice idea, although I find that very often the best tracks are 'B1' or B2'!

mmmm, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:25 (two weeks ago) link

sounds of the vegetable aisle, b side dropped by staff, 'whoops' stickers everywhere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vug3RMWRAPE

saer, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:47 (two weeks ago) link


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