years, "hidden tracks" have intrigued and baffles listeners -
even the most intolerable tripe seems to become enjoyable simply because
there's a chance, an extremely remote chance I might add, that you were
the first to discover it. And even thought there are very few decent
hidden songs, people still seem to totally eat them up. So here, to
satiate your sensationalist cravings, is a new Indieville section that
scopes out all sorts of hidden tracks - the good, the bad, and the ones
that fall somewhere in between.
tracks are marked out of ten, with 0 being the worst and 10 being the
Track One: On The Mushroom River Band's Simsalabim
definite contender for the "MOST ANNOYING PIECE OF SHIT IN THE
WORLD" award, Simsalabim's bonus track almost ruined the whole
album for me. After listening to the top-class stoner rock album at
a reasonably loud volume, I left it on involuntarily. Alas, three
minutes after the end of the last real song came the most irritating,
tooth-clenching, brain-blistering snoring sound. Thirty times.
The only reason it got the 0.3 points it did was because of the
"mildly amused groan factor" - nobody could fall asleep to such
a rockin' album as Simsalabim.
On The Square Root Of Margaret's Endless Rotation
Although I hesitate to call this a "hidden track", as it is
mentioned in the liner notes and there is no long pause between it and the
track previous to it, I'm filing it here because it seems like the right
thing to do. It's a nice little ditty that's pretty catchy and very
hummable, and it's the softest track on the record. And while it's
much better than most bonus tracks, in that it wasn't included simply for
novelty value, it's by no means a classic.
On the Pop O.D. Stooges tribute album
Four seconds long: a dog's bark and then three seconds of
silence. No break between this and the song before it, so it isn't
all that "hidden". But it isn't mentioned on the
cover. So I guess that's a cover version of "I Wanna Be Your
Dog"? Heh heh heh.
Smoke Off Vinyl "With or Without You" by U2
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