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I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 09:32
by humblebee
'Decent' by Dorotea comprises the greatest 77 seconds in popular music history. FACT!

Which short songs do you like?

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 09:35
by soft revolution
Smile Again by Tompot Blenny and anything by The Pipas.

It's be obvious to say Velocity Girl wouldn't it? Velocity Girl.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 09:47
by Colin
Good topic! There's loads of songs around the 60-90 second mark that I'm planning to play at our next club night. My favourites at the moment are:

McCarthy - Kill Kill Kill Kill
Boyracer - They're Making Money Off Of You
The Cat’s Miaow - Third Floor Fire Escape
Another Sunny Day - I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:03
by Mr Bear
'April Come She Will' by Simon & Garfunkel. If it were even a second longer, that would be a wasted second.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:55
by Jangloid Mark
Colin wrote:Another Sunny Day - I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist
Good call!!! :)

Brighter - Poppy Day
The Boo Radleys - Lazy Day
King Missile - Cheesecake Truck
Talulah Gosh - Beatnik Boy

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:31
by humblebee
Jangloid Mark wrote:The Boo Radleys - Lazy Day
That is a total killer.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:38
by Your Funny Uncle

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:07
by humblebee
Microsongs!

This is brilliant:
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It's a seven-inch that plays at 45 and it's got eight tracks, so that gives you an idea how short they are.

I think the shortest one is 'Demand', which lasts 18 seconds. 'Ripped Jeans' is ace. 'Shaky Ground' is also ace, and it's the longest song at 1'57.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:37
by Pop Kid
'Carlos and Mercedes' by The Tidy Ups is 100 seconds of perfection.

'Carrie's Song' by Tiger Trap may well be my favourite short song ever.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:51
by sarahluv
tropical robots by guided by voices. 52 seconds or thereabouts.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 14:32
by soft revolution
In terms of joyous pop hit, The Foolishness That We Create Through Love Is The Closest We Come To Greatness is a 6 minute long 2 minute pop song.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 15:03
by andyroo
humblebee wrote:Microsongs!

This is brilliant:
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It's a seven-inch that plays at 45 and it's got eight tracks, so that gives you an idea how short they are.

I think the shortest one is 'Demand', which lasts 18 seconds. 'Ripped Jeans' is ace. 'Shaky Ground' is also ace, and it's the longest song at 1'57.
Oh man. When I saw this thread I thought "what better thread to sing the praises of Sneeze" and you've gone and beaten me to it!

Only 8 tracks though? The Aussie double 7" on Half a Cow had 20, and the CD reissue has 41!

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 15:07
by Uncle Ants
humblebee wrote:Microsongs!

This is brilliant:
Image

It's a seven-inch that plays at 45 and it's got eight tracks, so that gives you an idea how short they are.

I think the shortest one is 'Demand', which lasts 18 seconds. 'Ripped Jeans' is ace. 'Shaky Ground' is also ace, and it's the longest song at 1'57.
Nice. How would you describe it?

Have you ever come across some Japanese experimentalists called Maher Shalal Hash Baz. I've got one of their records - Blues du Jour - a 40 minute album with 41 tracks. The longest is a whopping 4 minutes (It's a gorgeous song called Open Fields), but the rest are mostly 30 seconds to a minute and a half. The shortest is 5 seconds (I think). Its a very lovely record that sounds as though it were made by a school band, but in a good way. I quite like that if you don't like a song much, it doesn't matter because there will be another one along in (quite literally) a minute.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 15:11
by humblebee
Uncle Ants wrote:Nice. How would you describe it?
Most of the songs are dead fast punky pop with big dirty guitars - almost grungey pop in places, maybe. 'Baby Asleep' is all soft and slow and mumbly and pretty though, and 'Shaky Ground' is a bit more sparse and mid-tempo (and, really, it's a totally overlooked undiscovered classic pop song, actually).

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 15:15
by tompony
Evan Dando's version of Shaky Ground is lovely. I haven't heard the original, though.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 15:16
by andyroo
Sneeze is Tom from Smudge and Nic from, well, most Aussie bands of the early 90s, plus was a part-time Lemonhead. Which is a pretty good indication of what they sound like.

I've never heard Evan's Shaky Ground. What record's it on?

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 15:49
by tompony
I'm not sure, I have an mp3 floating around my hard drive from places unknown. I think it might be a bonus track on the reissue of It's a Shame About Ray?

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 16:14
by tonieee
Yes Please! and Who's Big And Clever Now? by Confetti.

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 00:45
by DimitraDaisy
Hormones in Abundance - Enough reason

(And I owe that one to Ian)

Re: I like short songs

Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 00:56
by Jangloid Mark
humblebee wrote:Microsongs!

This is brilliant:
Image

It's a seven-inch that plays at 45 and it's got eight tracks, so that gives you an idea how short they are.

I think the shortest one is 'Demand', which lasts 18 seconds. 'Ripped Jeans' is ace. 'Shaky Ground' is also ace, and it's the longest song at 1'57.
Oooh...I'd forgotten about that little gem!!! Slightly grunge lo-fi POP!!!! An excellent EP, even if the pressing was shit...

My memory may be a bit hazy, but, wasn't Sneeze a Lemonheads offshoot?