WIN ATP tickets and check out their B-Sides!
It's all about the B-sides as we approach the weekend's excitement at the Ally Pally...
I'll Be Your Mirror acts as a sister event to the ATP Festivals which usually take place in holiday resorts, and is named after the B-side to The Velvet Underground's original All Tomorrow's Parties 7" single. We asked some of the artists performing this weekend to tell us their favourite b-sides and 7" singles. Here is a selection, see www.illbeyourmirror.com for more!
We also have two pairs of tickets to give away to this weekend's 'I'll Be Your Mirror' event, featuring headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and all of the below at Alexandra Palace. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the tickets is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "I'll Be My Mirror" and your answer to the following question, along with your full name by May 2. Good luck!
Which one of these classic tracks started life as a B-Side?
a) Pulp - Do You Remember the First Time?
b) The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
c) The Who - Substitute
Now, time for those B-Side...
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Jon Spencer: "The Jesus & Mary Chain's 'Vegetable Man', B-side to 'Upside Dow', and Devo, 'Penetration In The Centerfold', B-side to 'The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surpris'."
Russell Simins: "No blurb, just plain facts, sir! The B-sides of Black Flag's 'Nervous Breakdown' single: 'Fix Me' (0:55), 'I've Had I' (1:20) and 'Wasted' (0:51)."
Judah Bauer: "From Johnny Cash's 'Flesh & Blood' single...the b-side was 'This Side Of The Law'. That was 1986ish, last time I bothered with 45s."
Vashti: "'TV Set' by The Cramps - b-side to 'Garbageman'. One of my all time favorite song by one of my all time favorite bands. The nauseating buildup of the guitar with the anxious vocals made my mind melt. I felt like a beast was unleashed in me never to be fully sedated. Lux Interior has always been a huge inspiration to me, he was electrifying! First heard after I bought from it from Vinyl Fever in Tampa Florida."
Jack: "'Rubber Room', Porter Wagoner b-side to 'The Late Love of Mine'. It's classic Nashville country but one of the first songs to use spooky delay on the vocals. First heard from my friend Cole Alexander."
Julie: "'Secret Fires', Gun Club. B-side to 'Walking with the Beast'. It's the perfect simple ballad, love the lyrics and the pedal steel. The 45 was birthday gift from my friend Erin, she knew I was a huge Gun Club fan but I had never heard this song before and it blew me away."
"Weezer, 'Velouria' (a Pixies cover)."
"'Garbageman' by The Cramps. B-side of 'Fever'. Usually where you put your "garbage' but in this instance where they put their choice garbage. You wanna talk about the real junk? Here it is."
Dan Enkvist: "My favorite B-Side is 'Three Days' from the 'Stop' Single by Jane's Addiction. It's one of the best songs ever made, from the best album ever made ('Ritual de lo Habitual') and one of the greatest bass lines! Thanks to the amazing Eric Avery."
Axel Willner: "'Night Of The Living Dead' - The Misfits. The B-Side of 'Where Eagles Dare' - that was a big anthem for me and friends growing up as pre-teens!"
The Black Lips
Cole: "'Bad Girl (part 2)' by Lee Moses
Justin Pearson: "I have a question for you. I tend to listen to stuff that is not really considered to be a single with a b side. For instance, talking about a Crossed Out 7" EP, there are 7 songs, all of which are not really the single. But for the sake of answering this, off the top of my head, and among many many songs that I love which are technically b-sides in some way, I would say Jaks 'Damn Bloodsuckers'. But again, I could compile a huge list of definitive b-sides that are my favorites. Can I use all of my dialogue here as part of my answer?"