The Plimsouls and Peter Case who came out of the Nerves (see above) added this smoking cover of 50s classic Dizzy Miss Lizzy to the expanded reissue of their debut - and it was kind of crucial when you heard it in this context. They wrote ace original songs, played them really well, but when they cut loose could do it as sloppy and righteous as any of their early 80s peers.
One of the hard things about liking REM - in any of their wildly uneven artistic periods - is that they never had a great stack of "extra" songs. Anything they had that could go on an album usually went on an album and that's it.
That however is not the case with "Ages Of You" - which is their big one that got away. One of their very best early songs, they cut it at least 3 times - super fast, a little slower and finally they gave up and stuck it as a crappy B-side, and slowed it down even more. I've posted this song on this board at least 3 times too
Made it's CD debut and only appearance here - and it still sounds great. Guess they don't think so...........shrug.
The Clash were recording so quickly around the time of their landmark debut that there's an argument whether the UK or US version of their debut album is better......well they are just different - the US version with songs added and dropped shows more range, the UK version whips by faster but maybe sound more limited but is the original intent.
You can buy both now, still in print .........and this song - only on the UK version - one of their best early tracks:
Cheating a little but when The Strokes get around to re-releasing their so-so 3rd album First Impressions of Earth I can pretty much guarantee that this song, the B-side to the Juicebox single will sound better than almost anything in the albums trying way too hard, flabby middle section.
A very fun, weird, insanely catchy rave-up that fits in great with this albums giddy and better pop high points (Red Light, You Only Live Once).
As anybody who follows my music posts knows, The Damned and their classic 1979 album Machine Gun Etiquette is an all-time favorite album of mine......but I do like their famous first album too - Damned, Damned, Damned (1977) and in its expanded version that included this single - A and B side - which kind of pointed to the way that they'd get even better.
The Only Ones debut single, added to the reissue of their fantastic debut.
Peter Perrett, one of Rock's best lyricists, starts this song and the bands career with a great misanthropic joke: "I want you to be around til the Summer comes along...and I don't mind having you around til the Summer comes along". I want you and I don't mind of course not being the same thing at all.....and the way he subverts their shades of meaning was just the beginning .....
The Heartbreakers LAMF - in its "Lost 77 Mixes" edition - was a holy grail for anyone who remotely liked Rock and Roll when (finally) released on CD. Featuring two added songs on the album itself, an amazingly improved sound and from the "Definitive Edition" - every demo they cut in 76-77.
This song was their signature formula: simply structured, thrillingly played and dripping in their 1950s version of cool.
There's several bands that either make or fight for the pacinoyes all-time top 10 US list with almost no work at all - that's how great they were - The (original) Modern Lovers, Big Star, The NY Dolls/Hearbreakers.
But none of those ever did that with less work originally that was also more forward thinking as the great Mission of Burma (1 album, 1 EP, 1 single) because no US band ever did more forward thinking music, period, than them.
This song added on to their 1 full length is not only typically brilliant it has brilliant (and scary) lyrics too in 1982 - it could come out now and be by your new favorite band: "Down with history Down with sense Nothing makes much difference I'll surrender to this tragic mess Spinning ball of randomness"
“Reissue, repackage, repackage.” ..........The Smiths famously sang and for the most part they've been spared from it in their studio albums - except for a ton of compilations (including their non-album Singles which maybe is more essential than any studio album).
"Rubber Ring" - a compilation regular - got added to the Deluxe edition of The Queen is Dead and it fits - one of their simplest and deceptive songs about art/music, expression and the suppression of it and with a great ending too......
Added to the This Years Model bonus edition - the mighty EC with another non-album track - he had a bunch of great ones and the re-releases have a ton of great songs that fans of the legitimate albums never heard. Costello was so prolific at it he more or less invented the B-sides collection with his Taking Liberties LP....but he was stingy about releasing these songs and they came out coherently much later.
Hit machine Ben Weasel and his Screeching Weasel co-conspirator Danny Vapid (on lead vocals here) doing one of the 500 or so catchy as sh it songs that poured out of them whenever they wrote together ....... either in their main band or here - in their even more Ramones-y side project.
Left off The Riverdales 1995 debut (added to the reissue)....and of course it burns the house down.
Former members of The Dead Boys, Damned, Sham 69 who played a mix of Punk, Classic Rock (especially The Doors), Glam, Goth, New Wave, even some metal/Hard Rock and pretentious poetry - The Lords of the New Church existed as multiple contradictions in the era where all those sounds intersected 1980-1982.
It never really worked but on every album some of it did - each one is partly fascinating - and if you liked them that was enough. This is in some ways their most famous song "Lord's Prayer" - added to their 2nd album re-release - and you can hear in the bridge a little Bowie, Morrison and Alice Cooper too.
This song missing from their one and only album but you can get it on several reissues/releases.
The La's (1991 US) - a classic 12 song recreation of The Beatles/Stones/Kinks/Who makes their cultish fanbase crazy - there was a 2nd La's album demo'd - The Kitchen Tapes/The Crescent Tapes (2 versions, years apart) that have never been finalized or finished as far as we know and they sound like works in progress.
If that was ever legitimately finished and was to come out......some might kill to hear it....one of them might be me.