Something which has dribbled away in the CD age - singles where the B-side is as stone cold a classic as the A-side. Suppose we can include 3-track 12-inchers. People used to take a pride in their work? Care?
Bit of a John Harris world, though, this. Black artists never strong on B-sides, in general - can't think of too many rap B-sides, Motown would just take the piss, the reggae guys would just stick a version on the B-side (although these were often amazing, it doesn't really count here), don't recall ever hearing a funk B-side and there are no singles in jazzland. Still, it's something white rock used to be good at, so hurrah. No counting singles lifted from previously released LPs where someone just stuck another stand-out track on the other side.
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane
The Beatles - Hey Jude / Revolution
The Beatles - Paperback Writer / Rain
The Rolling Stones - The Last Time / Play With Fire
The Rolling Stones - Let's Spend The Night Together / Ruby Tuesday
The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing / Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want / How Soon Is Now? (12")
Love - Your Mind & We Belong Together / Laughing Stock
The Monkees - I'm A Believer / (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Buzzcocks - What Do I Get? / Oh Shit!
The Calico Wall - Flight Reaction / I'm A Living Sickness
Millions I've forgotten, remind me
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