B-Sides that are better than the A-Side.

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  1. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

    If this has already been done, please delete. Anyway, I'll start off with Lonesome Tonight by
    New Order, which I think is substantially better than the A-Side, Thieves Like Us.
     
  2. ice-is-forming

    ice-is-forming Well-Known Member

    The B side to Trini Lopez If I had a hammer was Unchain my heart. As a small person I was suitably impressed.

     
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  3. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Technically this was a double A-Side, but this tune is both far superior to the better-known Love is a Stranger (the other part of the 'double') and also relatively unknown for a #1 record...

     
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  4. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    B-side to Absolute Beginners:

     
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  5. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

    Mistakes, b-side to One Step Beyond
     
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  6. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    That's fab. Slept on this. Only had a couple of Madness 7"s.
     
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  7. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    This doesn't fit in the category, cos the A Side was one of the best pop songs ever, but worth a mention is the newly aired demo version of Prince's fantastic 17 Days (which was the b-side to When Doves Cry).

    'He sang the part of a lonely person': the story of 17 Days, a lost Prince masterpiece
     
  8. Sweet FA

    Sweet FA ✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪

    B sides to 'she bangs the drums'


     
  9. S☼I

    S☼I I don't want your poxy mint

    Seconds, b side to Don't You Want Me

    and two that while not better are at least the equal of:

    1963, b side of True Faith
    Friday night, Saturday morning, b side of Ghost Town
     
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  10. copliker

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  11. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

    Angles and Devils by Echo and the Bunnymen'
    B-Side to Silver.

     
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  12. Sweet FA

    Sweet FA ✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪

    One of my favourite Beatles tunes - b-side to Paperback Writer (itself a great tune) - Ringo doing a good job.

     
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  13. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    the b-side to Small Town is also worth an honourable mention

     
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  14. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    The Who: Baby don't you do it, live at Leeds 1971. A favourite, regular Who live number from the mid-sixties.
    B-Side to Join Together.


    ETA: This is in memory of the incredible Keith Moon, on the anniversary of his death forty years ago yesterday.
     
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  15. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees



    Flip side to Wouldn't it be Nice



    Much better than Part 1
     
  16. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    B-side to Whatever

     
  17. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    B-side to A Little Soul

     
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  18. Jon-of-arc

    Jon-of-arc Fully self-actualised

    There have been points in my life where I would have said "Underwear" was a better song than "Common People".
     
  19. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees




    Shits on Some Might Say
     
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  20. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Thieves like Us is good but Lonesome Tonight is fantastic. The synth chords at the end really move me. Great choice.
     
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  21. Sir Belchalot

    Sir Belchalot arenicola marina

    B-side of I Travel 12" had 2 great songs:





    Always loved this one by my fave punk band at the time:

     
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  22. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    Great tune. For some reason I'm thinking its only the B side on the US release, not the uk, or the other way round?
     
  23. Sweet FA

    Sweet FA ✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪

    It was the b side of the copy my dad had, so I assume UK ?


    Eta wiki says both us and UK b/with 'rain'

    Etfa that bass though
     
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  24. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    While the original version of Albatross by Fleetwood Mac was released in 1968 with Jigsaw Puzzle Blues on the B-side, it was re-released in 1972 with Need your love so bad on the B-side, so I guess it counts :)
     
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  25. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Both wonderful B sides. True Faith is the best pop song of all time and Ghost Town possibly the greatest number 1 of all time so they have to be good to punch their weight.
     
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  26. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    Furry muff :D
     
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  27. Sir Belchalot

    Sir Belchalot arenicola marina

    One of many great Kinks b-sides, this had Autumn Almanac on the other side:



    Love both sides of this but this side edges it:

     
  28. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

    Yes, those synths are glorious.
     
  29. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    I liked Moonshadow by Cat Stevens but thought the B side Father & Son a better song.
     
  30. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming



    A side is Hello Goodbye. Have you ever listened to Hello Goodbye on LSD? It’s pretty fucking good. Despite not being an LSD track. Which, if you think about it, makes I am the walrus even more magnificent. For logic I can’t fathom right now.

    I don’t even like McCartney tracks (Hello Goodbye) either. Which just adds to the conundrum. And Oasis’s live version (of I am the walrus) is a masterpiece. And I don’t even like Oasis much.

    Whole post is a mess. Enjoy.

    E2A - that is definitely not even The Beatles. World’s gone mad. Mind blown.
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2018
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