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Taylor
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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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The Horse
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The Supremes - Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart/He's All I Got

Suede - The Drowners/To The Birds

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Amor de Cosmos
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Cliff had a couple:

I'm Looking Out the Window/Do You Want to Dance
The Next Time/Bachelor Boy

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noby
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There are a few Stone Roses contenders, but I'll go for:

Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums/Standing Here, or
Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums/Mersey Paradise/Standing Here on the 12"

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Amor de Cosmos
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Doh! Elvis was of course the King of the double-sided hit, must have been over a dozen but biggies include:

Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog
Teddy Bear/Loving You
His Latest Flame/Little Sister

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Loads of hits where the DJs would pick up the b-side rather than the putative lead song, and thus turn the also-ran into a hit. Fucked if I can think of any right now.

Adding to Taylor's list:
Elvis: Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel

And a b-side that is much better than the a-side (and which might actually be an example of flipped sides):

Mungo Jerry: In The Summertime/Mighty Man

The latter is such a fantastic song, though one can see why the former was such a big hit.

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Amor de Cosmos
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And one from planet Spector:

I Wonder/Little Boy : The Crystals

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Lucy Waterman It Be
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Kinks - Til The End Of The Day/Where Have All The Good Times Gone

Suede - Stay Together/The Living Dead/My Dark Star

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Loads of hits where the DJs would pick up the b-side rather than the putative lead song, and thus turn the also-ran into a hit. Fucked if I can think of any right now.

Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, I'm sure.


Kraftwerk - Computer Love/The Model (even if they didn't agree with it)

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Mitch
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The most recent one I can remember:

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit/Aneurysm

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Wyatt Earp
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The Fall: How I Wrote Elastic Man/City Hobgoblins
The Jam: Going Underground/Dreams of Children

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Amor de Cosmos
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Elastic Man City Hobgoblins. A new football fanzine?
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Andy C
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The first I think I was aware of was Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out.

Didn't the two sides of Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog chart independently of each other? I presume this was on the basis of shhet music sales.

[ 19.03.2008, 16:30: Message edited by: Andy C ]

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Wham!'s Last Christmas/Everything She Wants, which got reversed once Christmas 1984 had passed.
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Neil Kulkarni
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Have to give a shout out to

The Specials - Ghost Town/Friday Night, Saturday Morning

because it's got to be one of the greatest double-headers of all time.

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