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18th Apr '18 6:08:42 AM jormis29
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* Music/AlanJackson used "Home", a track off his debut album, as a b-side for ''five'' songs before he released it as a single off a GreatestHitsAlbum in 1996. (He wanted to release it off the debut album, but backed down because Joe Diffie had released another song of the same name.)

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* Music/AlanJackson used "Home", a track off his debut album, as a b-side for ''five'' songs before he released it as a single off a GreatestHitsAlbum in 1996. (He wanted to release it off the debut album, but backed down because Joe Diffie Music/JoeDiffie had released another song of the same name.)
28th Mar '18 1:49:20 PM Briguy52748
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** "Five Feet High and Risin'" -- the flip side to the original studio version of "I Got Stripes" was a childhood memory of Johnny's. A harsh winter of 1936-1937 gave way to record rainfall and flooding in the Arkansas Mississippi Valley, and the result was water that kept rising, seemingly by the minute and hour, as entire farms -- crops, livestock, buildings (including farmhouses) and all -- and communities were wiped out. Eventually, the Cash family was forced to flee to higher ground until the river crests and starts to drop below flood stage.

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** "Five Feet High and Risin'" -- the flip side to the original studio version of "I Got Stripes" was a childhood memory of Johnny's. A harsh winter of 1936-1937 gave way to record rainfall and flooding in the Arkansas Mississippi Valley, and the result was water that kept rising, seemingly by the minute and hour, as entire farms -- crops, livestock, buildings (including farmhouses) and all -- and communities were wiped out. washed away and dozens of people were killed. Eventually, the Cash family was forced to flee to higher ground to safety until the river crests crested and starts began to drop below flood stage.



** The flip side his 1976 No. 1, the nostalgic "My Roots Of My Raising," was the equally nostalgic "The Way It Was In '51."

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** The flip side his 1976 No. 1, the nostalgic "My Roots Of My Raising," was the equally nostalgic "The Way It Was In '51."" "Roots ..." was a longing for home, while "... '51" was a yearning for the simpler, carefree days of just 25 years earlier. "... '51" went on to become a minor country hit in 1978, based on airplay.
28th Mar '18 1:45:10 PM Briguy52748
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* Music/JohnnyCash had quite a few B-sided hits as well:
** "Five Feet High and Risin'" -- the flip side to the original studio version of "I Got Stripes" was a childhood memory of Johnny's. A harsh winter of 1936-1937 gave way to record rainfall and flooding in the Arkansas Mississippi Valley, and the result was water that kept rising, seemingly by the minute and hour, as entire farms -- crops, livestock, buildings (including farmhouses) and all -- and communities were wiped out. Eventually, the Cash family was forced to flee to higher ground until the river crests and starts to drop below flood stage.
** Examples from his Sun Records days: "Hey Porter" (backed "Cry, Cry, Cry"); "So Doggone Lonesome" (backed the original "Folsom Prison Blues"), "Get Rhythm (the flipper was the famous "I Walk the Line"), "Big River" (turn it over to get "Ballad of a Teenage Queen")
* Music/MerleHaggard: Lots:
** To "The Legend Of Bonnie and Clyde," his fourth No. 1 hit from the spring of 1968, came the critically acclaimed "Today I Started Loving You Again."
** Briefly, when released in June 1969, "Silver Wings" was the A-side to the working man's anthem "Working Man's Blues." The two were flipped within two weeks of release, and while "Working Man's Blues" eventually went to No. 1, many radio stations still played "Silver Wings," a song that took Merle in a new direction: a pop-styled lament about loneliness on the road.
** The flip side his 1976 No. 1, the nostalgic "My Roots Of My Raising," was the equally nostalgic "The Way It Was In '51."
** "If We Make It Through December," not explicitly a Christmas single despite many references to the holiday -- it was much more a lament about being laid off and enduring other majorly disappointing news just before the holidays -- did have a more blatant holiday tune for the B-side: "Bobby Wants a Puppy Dog For Christmas," a song about a young boy who, living in a community where there are no boys his age (it's unclear whether he was an only child or much younger than his siblings) yearns for a dog for companionship and friendship.
** Other flippers were listed along with many of Merle's songs, but are lesser known today. For instance, "Cherokee Maiden," a tribute to Bob Wills, had "What Have You Got Planned Tonight, Diana?" "Turning Off a Memory" was listed on the B-side of "Grandma Harp."
17th Mar '18 1:56:50 PM rjd1922
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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, extinct outside of a niche community of vinyl enthusiasts, [[ArtifactTitle the terminology persists.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.).
7th Mar '18 7:44:45 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* The B-side to Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" was called "!aaaH-aH yawA eM ekaT ot gnimoC er'yehT" and was a backwards version of the A-side.

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* The B-side to Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" was called "!aaaH-aH yawA eM ekaT ot gnimoC er'yehT" and was a backwards version of the A-side. For added effect, most of the information on the 45 label is printed backwards.
16th Feb '18 10:32:27 PM nombretomado
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** Putting a quickly-recorded, [[StylisticSuck not particularly great]] [[{{Instrumentals}} Instrumental]] on the B-side. Creator/PhilSpector in particular was notorious for this. His protégé Creator/SonnyBono adopted this for his productions, using the ThemeNaming device of mentioning [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzal quetzals]] somewhere in the title.

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** Putting a quickly-recorded, [[StylisticSuck not particularly great]] [[{{Instrumentals}} Instrumental]] on the B-side. Creator/PhilSpector Music/PhilSpector in particular was notorious for this. His protégé Creator/SonnyBono adopted this for his productions, using the ThemeNaming device of mentioning [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzal quetzals]] somewhere in the title.
30th Jan '18 8:16:37 PM wolftickets1969
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* Daniel Miller, as The Normal, only released one single, "TVOD" b/w "Warm Leatherette", both {{filk song}}s based on J.G. Ballard's ''Literature/{{Crash}}''. The B-side achieved international recognition, being covered by numerous artists, while the A-side is completely forgotten nowadays.
21st Jan '18 2:17:04 PM nombretomado
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* By his own admission, Creator/JasperCarrott's "Funky Moped" only charted as a hit single because the B-side had a [[SubvertedKidsShow risqué]] ''TheMagicRoundabout'' sketch.

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* By his own admission, Creator/JasperCarrott's "Funky Moped" only charted as a hit single because the B-side had a [[SubvertedKidsShow risqué]] ''TheMagicRoundabout'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout'' sketch.
19th Dec '17 12:54:55 PM MikeK
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* "Dear God" is one of Music/{{XTC}}'s most well-known songs - Originally a CutSong from ''Skylarking'' due to the label's concerns about the album's length and potential controversy over its [[ReligionRant agnostic lyrical theme]], it became a BSide to the single "Grass". Despite the record label being especially concerned about the song getting negative reception in America, American [=DJs=] actually preferred playing it over "Grass". "Dear God" was subsequently added to the US version of the album, with another song ("Mermaid Smiled") being cut for time instead.

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* "Dear God" is one of Music/{{XTC}}'s most well-known songs - Originally a CutSong from ''Skylarking'' due to the label's concerns about the album's length and potential controversy over its [[ReligionRant [[ReligionRantSong agnostic lyrical theme]], it became a BSide to the single "Grass". Despite the record label being especially concerned about the song getting negative reception in America, American [=DJs=] actually preferred playing it over "Grass". "Dear God" was subsequently added to the US version of the album, with another song ("Mermaid Smiled") being cut for time instead.
19th Dec '17 12:53:38 PM MikeK
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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.

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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 songs - Originally a CutSong from ''Skylarking'' includes both songs, though: "Mermaid Smiled" is in it's original place on due to the album, while label's concerns about the album's length and potential controversy over its [[ReligionRant agnostic lyrical theme]], it became a BSide to the single "Grass". Despite the record label being especially concerned about the song getting negative reception in America, American [=DJs=] actually preferred playing it over "Grass". "Dear God" is included as a bonus track.was subsequently added to the US version of the album, with another song ("Mermaid Smiled") being cut for time instead.
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