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4th Apr '18 7:44:52 PM LowEndLem
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* Nerdcore artist Zilla Persona has the track "This Is Not A Track" where he describes album filler and claims the song itself qualifies as he put little effort into it.
3rd Jan '18 5:46:05 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* '''[[CoverVersion Cover Versions]]''': Particularly common on country albums prior to about the mid-1970s, this was simply artists covering pop or country standards, songs that were major hits for other artists and so forth. These cover versions have ranged from "why didn't that become the hit" to "why did he/she/they even think to record it"? This was more common in an era where an album usually had only one or two songs worthy of being released as singles, and especially when artists who had become proven hit makers/staying-power potential recorded and released new albums every year.

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* '''[[CoverVersion Cover Versions]]''': Particularly common on country albums prior to about the mid-1970s, this was simply artists covering pop or country standards, songs that were major hits for other artists and so forth. These cover versions have ranged from "why didn't that become the hit" hit?" to "why did he/she/they even think bother to record it"? it?" This was more common in an era where an album usually had only one or two songs worthy of being released as singles, and especially when artists who had become proven hit makers/staying-power makers with staying power potential recorded and released new albums every year.year. Those covers are more likely to be seen as lazy filler if the artists are known for writing their own material, since it can be seen as them running out of ideas and being desperate for anything to fill out the album, especially if it fits the "why did they bother?" category.



* '''HiddenTrack''': Most hidden tracks tend to be pointless too. They are muffled away somewhere at the start or the end of an album. Some artists leave several minutes of silence between tracks before you finally get to the hidden track. So you always have to skip and wear out your CD to find it. [[note]]Or these can be hangovers from hidden jokes on the original vinyl album, which made sense and worked in the vinyl format but aren't so great on CD. An example might be the message in the run-out groove on ''Album/SergeantPeppers'' - worked beautifully on black vinyl, a WTF? moment on a CD.[[/note]]

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* '''HiddenTrack''': Most hidden tracks tend to be pointless too. They are muffled away somewhere at the start or the end of an album. Some artists leave several minutes of silence between tracks before you finally get to the hidden track. So you always have to skip and wear out your CD to find it. [[note]]Or these can be hangovers from hidden jokes on the original vinyl album, which made sense and worked in the vinyl format but aren't so great on CD. An example might be the message in the run-out groove on ''Album/SergeantPeppers'' - worked ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' -- works beautifully on black vinyl, the original vinyl (where it repeats forever until the listener manually lifts the needle off the record), a WTF? "WTF?" moment on the CD version (where it repeats a CD.few times before fading out).[[/note]]
19th Oct '17 8:01:55 AM bowserbros
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[[caption-width-right:349:[[FridgeLogic ...wait]], why is there a side two ''on a CD''? [[labelnote:Answer]][[FridgeBrilliance That's to make it applicable to an LP]] -- [[WhatAreRecords a what?]][[/labelnote]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:349:[[FridgeLogic ...wait]], why is there a side two ''on a CD''? [[labelnote:Answer]][[FridgeBrilliance That's to make it applicable to an LP]] -- [[WhatAreRecords a what?]][[/labelnote]]]]
what?]] [[PopularityPolynomial Oh, you mean]] ''[[InsistentTerminology vinyl]]''![[/labelnote]]]]
18th Jan '17 6:24:19 PM Briguy52748
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* '''[[CoverVersion Cover Versions]]''': Particularly common on country albums prior to about the mid-1970s, this was simply artists covering pop or country standards, songs that were major hits for other artists and so forth. These cover versions have ranged from "why didn't that become the hit" to "why did he/she/they even think to record it"? This was more common in an era where an album usually had only one or two songs worthy of being released as singles, and especially when artists who had become proven hit makers/staying-power potential recorded and released new albums every year.
5th May '16 1:00:45 PM aye_amber
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A side-effect of this was the tendency of bands with [[EpicRocking long songs]], such as Music/BlackSabbath and KingCrimson, to add "subtitles" for different sections of the songs, in order to make it seem like there were more songs and [[MoneyDearBoy they would be paid full royalties]]. (This happened to Music/TheMarsVolta too, who were told that for the original version of ''Amputechture'' they'd only be paid for an EP despite its length, so they were forced to add "subsections" and split songs apart to get full royalties.)

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A side-effect of this was the tendency of bands with [[EpicRocking long songs]], such as Music/BlackSabbath and KingCrimson, Music/KingCrimson, to add "subtitles" for different sections of the songs, in order to make it seem like there were more songs and [[MoneyDearBoy they would be paid full royalties]]. (This happened to Music/TheMarsVolta too, who were told that for the original version of ''Amputechture'' they'd only be paid for an EP despite its length, so they were forced to add "subsections" and split songs apart to get full royalties.)
3rd May '16 3:17:00 PM aye_amber
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* The 1993 CD reissue of SkinnyPuppy's ''Bites'' included all the interlude/filler tracks from the various vinyl editions of the album, plus some previously unreleased material. Likewise, the reissue of ''Remission'' included alternate versions of "Film" and "Icebreaker" from ''Bites'', plus the previously unreleased track "Incision", to extend the playing time to album length.

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* The 1993 CD reissue of SkinnyPuppy's Music/SkinnyPuppy's ''Bites'' included all the interlude/filler tracks from the various vinyl editions of the album, plus some previously unreleased material. Likewise, the reissue of ''Remission'' included alternate versions of "Film" and "Icebreaker" from ''Bites'', plus the previously unreleased track "Incision", to extend the playing time to album length.
15th Apr '16 11:40:26 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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[[caption-width-right:349:[[FridgeLogic ...wait]], why is there a side two ''on a CD''? [[labelnote:Answer]][[FridgeBrilliance That's to make it applicable to an LP]] -- [[WhatAreRecords a what?]][[/labelnote]]]]
15th Apr '16 11:26:16 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* '''{{Instrumentals}}''': These can be sometimes seen as filler, especially if they aren't the artists' specialty and/or those tracks are in the minority. Instrumental versions of vocal tracks are even more susceptible to be seen as pointless filler.
15th Apr '16 11:14:40 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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This trend continued in TheSixties; a particularly infamous band were Music/TheBeachBoys, who were [[ExecutiveMeddling forced by executives]] to hastily record some filler to make an album out of a hit single. The hit-factory label Creator/{{Motown}} took it even further, re-recording hit singles for an album with a new singer and never releasing the new version as a single. So you could get all the versions of the hit song you wanted, if you didn't mind paying album price for a single with junk added.

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This trend continued in TheSixties; a particularly infamous band were Music/TheBeachBoys, who were one notorious example is Music/TheBeachBoys being [[ExecutiveMeddling forced by executives]] Capitol Records]] to hastily record some filler several albums in a short amount of time, causing them to make an album have to pad out of a hit single. their albums with filler.[[labelnote:*]](The worst example might be the ''Little Deuce Coupe'' LP, which was released ''one month'' after the ''Surfer Girl'' LP and included four previously-released tracks)[[/labelnote]] The hit-factory label Creator/{{Motown}} took it even further, re-recording hit singles for an album with a new singer and never releasing the new version as a single. So you could get all the versions of the hit song you wanted, if you didn't mind paying album price for a single with junk added.
15th Apr '16 3:04:15 AM FurryKef
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* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows hypothesizes that Music/{{Train}}'s "Hey, Soul Sister", it's bizarre lyricism in particular, is the result of a burned out Pat Monahan throwing the first thing that came to his head on paper in order to fulfill his contract, certain that it would never even make it to radio.

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* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows hypothesizes that Music/{{Train}}'s "Hey, Soul Sister", it's its bizarre lyricism in particular, is the result of a burned out Pat Monahan throwing the first thing that came to his head on paper in order to fulfill his contract, certain that it would never even make it to radio.
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