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2nd May '16 4:15:05 AM aye_amber
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* "How Soon Is Now?" by TheSmiths was first released as a B-side to "William, It Was Really Nothing", then appeared on the compilation "Hatful Of Hollow" and the US version of ''Music/MeatIsMurder'', and only after that given a proper single release. This is commonly cited as the reason for its comparatively poor chart performance.

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* "How Soon Is Now?" by TheSmiths Music/TheSmiths was first released as a B-side to "William, It Was Really Nothing", then appeared on the compilation "Hatful Of Hollow" and the US version of ''Music/MeatIsMurder'', and only after that given a proper single release. This is commonly cited as the reason for its comparatively poor chart performance.
8th Mar '16 5:04:17 PM jormis29
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*** "Sikamikanico" and "Search and Destroy" (an Music/IggyPop cover) were featured on Film/WaynesWorld and Series/BeavisAndButthead, respectively.

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*** "Sikamikanico" and "Search and Destroy" (an Music/IggyPop cover) were featured on Film/WaynesWorld ''Film/WaynesWorld'' and Series/BeavisAndButthead, ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', respectively.
6th Jan '16 10:19:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8L_LbyE-cg Dance You Fuckers]] by WallOfVoodoo is one Hell of a b-side. Over 5 minutes long, it is the most CrazyAwesome track both line-ups ever recorded. Your mileage may not vary.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8L_LbyE-cg Dance You Fuckers]] by WallOfVoodoo Music/WallOfVoodoo is one Hell of a b-side. Over 5 minutes long, it is the most CrazyAwesome track both line-ups ever recorded. Your mileage may not vary.
1st Nov '15 7:03:42 PM nombretomado
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* Music/DepecheMode were famous for including exclusive B-Sides on almost all their singles, and their US label really liked their song "But Not Tonight" (the B-Side of Stripped) and flipped the tracks. The song was included on a movie soundtrack as well as the US version of the band's album "Black Celebration". The band were annoyed about this as they felt "Stripped" to be one of their best songs yet (something that many fans agree with), and felt that "But Not Tonight" was a rushed, thrown together pop song in comparison. "But Not Tonight" remains popular in the US, but "Stripped" is also widely known, largely in recent years thanks to the infamous version by {{Rammstein}}.

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* Music/DepecheMode were famous for including exclusive B-Sides on almost all their singles, and their US label really liked their song "But Not Tonight" (the B-Side of Stripped) and flipped the tracks. The song was included on a movie soundtrack as well as the US version of the band's album "Black Celebration". The band were annoyed about this as they felt "Stripped" to be one of their best songs yet (something that many fans agree with), and felt that "But Not Tonight" was a rushed, thrown together pop song in comparison. "But Not Tonight" remains popular in the US, but "Stripped" is also widely known, largely in recent years thanks to the infamous version by {{Rammstein}}.Music/{{Rammstein}}.
23rd Oct '15 2:32:42 AM AgProv
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* The Series/SpittingImage single "The Chicken Song" b/w "I've Never Met a Nice South African" was jokingly promoted on the cover as a "double B-side", [[DontExplainTheJoke implying that both songs were of dubious quality]].

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* The Series/SpittingImage single "The Chicken Song" b/w "I've "[[TheApartheidEra I've Never Met a Nice South African" African]]" was jokingly promoted on the cover as a "double B-side", [[DontExplainTheJoke implying that both songs were of dubious quality]].
27th Aug '15 8:05:58 AM twilicorn
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* Music/GreenDay 's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" was originally the B-Side to Brain Stew/Jaded (itself a Double A-Side), but rerecorded for the following album ''Music/{{Nimrod}}'', and subsequently became one of their best known (if not ''the'' best known, period) songs. The song "Maria" on ''International Superhits'' was originally released in a different version as the B-Side to the 7" version of "Waiting", which meant it was widely regarded as a new song.

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* Music/GreenDay 's Music/GreenDay's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" was originally the B-Side to Brain Stew/Jaded (itself a Double A-Side), but rerecorded for the following album ''Music/{{Nimrod}}'', and subsequently became one of their best known (if not ''the'' best known, period) songs. The song "Maria" on ''International Superhits'' was originally released in a different version as the B-Side to the 7" version of "Waiting", which meant it was widely regarded as a new song.



* "Dear " is one of Music/{{XTC}}'s most well-known songs, but it originally was the b-side to their single "Grass". Once it started unexpectedly getting radio play, it not only got it's own single, but it also was added to the US version of their album ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'', replacing the song "Mermaid Smiled". The most recent reissue of ''Skylarking'' includes both songs, though: "Mermaid Smiled" is in it's original place on the album, while "Dear God" is included as a bonus track.

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* "Dear " God" is one of Music/{{XTC}}'s most well-known songs, but it originally was the b-side to their single "Grass". Once it started unexpectedly getting radio play, it not only got it's own single, but it also was added to the US version of their album ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'', replacing the song "Mermaid Smiled". The most recent reissue of ''Skylarking'' includes both songs, though: "Mermaid Smiled" is in it's original place on the album, while "Dear God" is included as a bonus track.



* "Born Slippy .NUXX" by Msuic/{{Underworld}} ("lager, lager, lager, mega-mega-white thing..."), famous for appearing in the final scenes of ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', was originally a B-side to the very different track "Born Slippy" and was more or less thrown together as a joke.

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* "Born Slippy .NUXX" by Msuic/{{Underworld}} Music/{{Underworld}} ("lager, lager, lager, mega-mega-white thing..."), famous for appearing in the final scenes of ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', was originally a B-side to the very different track "Born Slippy" and was more or less thrown together as a joke.



* When Music/EltonJohn's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" became the greatest-selling single of all time since [[Music/BingCrosby "White]] [[Music/MerryChristmas Christmas"]], it was largely thanks to its B-side: the [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Princess Diana]] tribute "Candle in the Wind 1997;" in America, it was "Candle" whose name usually appeared first during its reign atop the Hot 100.

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* When Music/EltonJohn's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" became the greatest-selling single of all time since [[Music/BingCrosby "White]] [[Music/MerryChristmas Christmas"]], it was largely thanks to its B-side: the [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Princess Diana]] tribute "Candle in the Wind 1997;" 1997"; in America, it was "Candle" whose name usually appeared first during its reign atop the Hot 100.
16th Aug '15 12:16:12 AM cyhh2002
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Even today, now that the 45 rpm single is more-or-less on the way out, the terminology persists. A B-side is a song released alongside a single. It may be a good song that doesn't fit in with an album (or recorded for the single), is not good enough for release on an album, something too experimental to be commercially viable on its own, or just a joke. It could be a song written by a young up-and-coming songwriter, or a cover of a pop, country, jazz or R&B standard. It could also be a different version of the A-Side (i.e., instrumental, a cappella, remix, a different language, acoustic, etc.)

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Even today, now that the 45 rpm single is more-or-less on the way out, the terminology persists. A B-side is a song released alongside a single. It may be a good song that doesn't fit in with an album (or recorded for the single), is not good enough for release on an album, something too experimental to be commercially viable on its own, or just a joke. It could be a song written by a young up-and-coming songwriter, or a cover of a pop, country, jazz or R&B standard. It could also be a different version of the A-Side (i.e., instrumental, a cappella, remix, a different language, acoustic, etc.)
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* ''Shits & Giggles'' by the Kleptones is a 2010 compilation of Kleptones b-sides from 2004 to the present day. The catch is that, as a mash-up artist, all of his albums have been released online for free and they've never had a proper "single". Also, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it's damn good]].

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* ''Shits '' & Giggles'' by the Kleptones is a 2010 compilation of Kleptones b-sides from 2004 to the present day. The catch is that, as a mash-up artist, all of his albums have been released online for free and they've never had a proper "single". Also, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it's damn it's good]].



* "Dear God" is one of Music/{{XTC}}'s most well-known songs, but it originally was the b-side to their single "Grass". Once it started unexpectedly getting radio play, it not only got it's own single, but it also was added to the US version of their album ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'', replacing the song "Mermaid Smiled". The most recent reissue of ''Skylarking'' includes both songs, though: "Mermaid Smiled" is in it's original place on the album, while "Dear God" is included as a bonus track.

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* "Dear God" " is one of Music/{{XTC}}'s most well-known songs, but it originally was the b-side to their single "Grass". Once it started unexpectedly getting radio play, it not only got it's own single, but it also was added to the US version of their album ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'', replacing the song "Mermaid Smiled". The most recent reissue of ''Skylarking'' includes both songs, though: "Mermaid Smiled" is in it's original place on the album, while "Dear God" is included as a bonus track.
16th Aug '15 12:15:55 AM cyhh2002
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Even today, now that the 45 rpm single is more-or-less on the way out, the terminology persists. A B-side is a song released alongside a single. It may be a good song that doesn't fit in with an album (or recorded for the single), is not good enough for release on an album, something too experimental to be commercially viable on its own, or just a joke. It could be a song written by a young up-and-coming songwriter, or a cover of a pop, country, jazz or R&B standard.

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Even today, now that the 45 rpm single is more-or-less on the way out, the terminology persists. A B-side is a song released alongside a single. It may be a good song that doesn't fit in with an album (or recorded for the single), is not good enough for release on an album, something too experimental to be commercially viable on its own, or just a joke. It could be a song written by a young up-and-coming songwriter, or a cover of a pop, country, jazz or R&B standard.
standard. It could also be a different version of the A-Side (i.e., instrumental, a cappella, remix, a different language, acoustic, etc.)



** "God Save the Queen," taken from the sessions that produced Never Mind the Bollocks, was backed with "Did You No Wrong," another song from the sessions that didn't end up on the album. The song originated as "Scarface" from when Steve, Paul and Glen were performing with Wally Nightingale as the Swankers. Since the group was essentially a pub-rock group before John Lydon became the singer, it's instrumentally a pretty straightforward rock 'n' roll song with Lydon's punk vocal and rewritten lyrics laid on top.

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** "God " Save the Queen," taken from the sessions that produced Never Mind the Bollocks, was backed with "Did You No Wrong," another song from the sessions that didn't end up on the album. The song originated as "Scarface" from when Steve, Paul and Glen were performing with Wally Nightingale as the Swankers. Since the group was essentially a pub-rock group before John Lydon became the singer, it's instrumentally a pretty straightforward rock 'n' roll song with Lydon's punk vocal and rewritten lyrics laid on top.
30th Jul '15 12:12:17 PM onionmaster
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* A really weird example is "Hey Hey What Can I Do?" by Music/LedZeppelin. The band was no stranger to releasing singles, however, none of them were non-album songs. This one, released as the B-side of "Immigrant Song", was, and yet remains a beloved radio staple to many a Zepp fan.

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* A really weird example is "Hey Hey What Can I Do?" by Music/LedZeppelin. The band was no stranger to releasing singles, however, none of them were non-album songs. This one, released as the B-side of "Immigrant Song", was, and yet remains a beloved radio staple to many a Zepp fan.an American Zep fan (non-singles are usually not played on UK radio).
24th Jun '15 9:30:41 AM goji96
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* The Music/SexPistols released four singles during their career as an active band, with extremely varied B-sides.
** "Anarchy in the UK," their debut single, was backed with "I Wanna Be Me," a throwaway early song from a demo session some months earlier whose inclusion on the single is probably the most notable thing about it.
** "God Save the Queen," taken from the sessions that produced Never Mind the Bollocks, was backed with "Did You No Wrong," another song from the sessions that didn't end up on the album. The song originated as "Scarface" from when Steve, Paul and Glen were performing with Wally Nightingale as the Swankers. Since the group was essentially a pub-rock group before John Lydon became the singer, it's instrumentally a pretty straightforward rock 'n' roll song with Lydon's punk vocal and rewritten lyrics laid on top.
** "Pretty Vacant" had a cover of the Stooges' "No Fun" on the B-side. This was taken from the sessions where they first attempted to record the "Anarchy in the UK" single, which also happened to include a string of covers recorded live in the studio, the rest of which would surface on various bootlegs and film soundtracks in later years. It's an incredibly strong and spontaneous performance, especially considering that the band had just learned the song. It's also the longest single song they ever recorded: the full version comes in just under seven minutes, but the B-side edit cuts out the last 30 seconds or so of the chaotic AC/DC-esque ending.
** "Holidays in the Sun" features another cut from the Bollocks sessions that was left off the album, a recording of "Satellite," an older song about playing unpleasant gigs in small towns around London in the band's early days, trying to build a following. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's a fine song and a damned energetic performance that really benefits from the bigger-budget production and fuller sound available to the band at the time of recording.
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