Author Topic: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better  (Read 1629 times)

No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« on: June 01, 2019, 11:02:36 PM »
Inspired by the Poppermost thread. Most obvious examples:

Beatles: Rain is better than Paperback Writer

Wings: Girls School is better than Mull of Kintyre

Buddy Holly: Raining In My Heart is better than It Doesn't Matter Anymore

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2019, 11:21:51 PM »
Acquiesce and Talk Tonight are probably better than Some Might Say.

Stay Young is way better than D'You Know What I Mean?

Prologue To History is probably better than If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next.

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2019, 11:50:08 PM »
The Specials- Friday night ,Saturday morning better than Ghost Town

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2019, 04:45:24 AM »
The Specials- Friday night ,Saturday morning better than Ghost Town

Why?

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2019, 09:36:37 AM »
The Specials- Friday night ,Saturday morning better than Ghost Town

It's good but no way is it better than Ghost Town.

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2019, 09:42:11 AM »
The Specials- Friday night ,Saturday morning better than Ghost Town
Barmy talk.

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2019, 10:10:45 AM »
Grown Up Girls by Eurythmics, much better than it's A side There Must Be An Angel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV-ZA3DIlPo

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2019, 11:24:46 AM »
Feeding The Fire > Land Of Confusion

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2019, 12:33:48 PM »
Mansun - Black Infinite Space
(A-side - Fool)

One of my favourite Mansun tracks - hidden away as the 3rd track on the second CD* of their last single.

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Oasis - I Got The Fever
(A-side - Stand By Me)

Garbage "loud" production & the verse is very 'Oasis by numbers', but that chorus is the best thing they ever did!

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* (those were the days! You could make up a whole second album of songs from all the b-sides they stuck out!)


Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2019, 12:38:26 PM »
The Tremeloes - Let Your Hair Hang Down

B-side to Silence is Golden is a bit of a rocker.

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2019, 12:54:23 PM »
Not sure all of these were number ones.

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2019, 01:25:43 PM »
Ah cobblers - sorry - I missed that bit.

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2019, 01:44:27 PM »
Wings: Girls School is better than Mull of Kintyre

Double A side, no?

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2019, 01:47:59 PM »
The b-side to 'Eye Level' by the Simon Park Orchestra was this:
https://youtu.be/1l44jmMhQhE

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2019, 01:57:34 PM »
Never really liked 'Three Times a Lady' by the Commodores, but the b-side is a banger:
https://youtu.be/snVYl9AuyNQ

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« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2019, 02:06:56 PM »
Oh, and this, obviously:
https://youtu.be/BOgDpgJ-uBo

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2019, 02:40:08 PM »
Magic Moments by Perry Como was the b-side to Catch a Falling Star. Can you believe that shit? Someone should have got fired for that!

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2019, 03:55:40 PM »
The b-side to 'Eye Level' by the Simon Park Orchestra was this:
https://youtu.be/1l44jmMhQhE

Oh my gosh! I'm a huge Crown Court fan and I never knew that.

Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2019, 06:13:13 PM »
'Lady in Red'.

I mean, I've no idea what the b-side was, but surely it can't be worse.

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« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2019, 06:16:08 PM »
'Lady in Red'.

I mean, I've no idea what the b-side was, but surely it can't be worse.
'Lady in Red' (Extended Mix)




I joke it was this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj9Pakd384k
Its called Borderline.

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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2019, 06:19:49 PM »
Not clicking on that.
It'll ruin my YouTube algorithm forever!

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2019, 06:22:24 PM »
Prologue To History is probably better than If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next.
Mm, big fan of Tolerate but Prologue is one of their best songs.

Let's All Make Believe is the best SOTSOG-era track, a thus a lot better than Go Let it Out. Mind you, (As Long as They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell is also better than Go Let it Out. Can't be too many songs overshadowed by both of their b-sides.

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2019, 06:28:34 PM »
Moskow Discow is clearly telescopic head and shoulders above the Telex, Rock Around The Clock cover

Practically invents trance in 1979.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c639hksrUzU

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2019, 06:31:45 PM »
Why?

I discovered this recently. Lynval's Why? is so clearly inspired by this gem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms_CbFqPX38

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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2019, 06:42:34 PM »
Adam & the Ants' B-sides were always old pre-Marco tracks rerecorded with the Marco lineup.  Much better than the A-sides and he still plays them live:

Stand & Deliver b/w Beat My Guest

Prince Charming b/w Christian D'or

Goody Two Shoes b/w Red Scab

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2019, 06:54:21 PM »
Adam & the Ants' B-sides were always old pre-Marco tracks rerecorded with the Marco lineup.  Much better than the A-sides and he still plays them live:

Stand & Deliver b/w Beat My Guest

Prince Charming b/w Christian D'or

Goody Two Shoes b/w Red Scab

These are great.

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2019, 06:54:35 PM »
Moskow Discow is clearly telescopic head and shoulders above the Telex, Rock Around The Clock cover

Practically invents trance in 1979.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c639hksrUzU

I've heard that Moskow Diskow was meant to be the A-side (and was in other countries), but someone somewhere decided that the B-side would get more attention from radio in the UK. Can Buzby confirm / deny?

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2019, 07:52:31 PM »
I've heard that Moskow Diskow was meant to be the A-side (and was in other countries), but someone somewhere decided that the B-side would get more attention from radio in the UK. Can Buzby confirm / deny?

That would make sense.

As Al Needham says on the Chart Music podcast, "The record buying British public are such a load of cunts"

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2019, 08:00:56 PM »
These are great.

And so is this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk7BakSsxGQ

One of four songs I can think of that mention Garry Bushell. Can you name the other three?

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Re: No. 1s Where The B-Side Was Better
« Reply #29 on: June 02, 2019, 08:11:54 PM »
And so is this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk7BakSsxGQ

One of four songs I can think of that mention Garry Bushell. Can you name the other three?

There is no prize.

The Fall, C N C - Stop Mithering would be one.

Did Squeeze ever record a song called Pulling Bushells from the Shell?