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    Pop music would be a different beast without the B-side. Music history is riven with songs deemed throwaway that revolted against their lowly status and refused to be denied. Be it rock’n’roll’s national anthem (‘Rock Around The Clock’), disco’s enduring game-changer (‘I Feel Love’) or hip-hop’s most notorious dis track (‘Hit ’Em Up’), all three started life as the so-called ‘lesser’ track on releases primed for maximum chart impact. But the B-side has done much more than make stars of Bill Haley, Donna Summer and 2Pac.

    Whether it was the Beatles, the Kinks and the Yardbirds in the 60s, Elton John, the Who and Queen in the 70s, Depeche Mode, the Cure and Prince in the 80s, or Oasis, Pulp and Radiohead in the 90s, the B-side allowed many of the world’s greatest acts freedom to experiment with no commercial constraints in an age where physical product ruled the roost.

    My first book, B-Side: A Flipsided History of Pop, rounds up over 500 most important flips and is published by Headpress.com. This site is an adjunct to the book, bonus tracks if you like, where I’ll be gradually working my way through some personal favourites plus other B-sides I had to omit from the book for reasons of space.

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    Pop music would be a different beast without the B-Side. Music history is riven with songs deemed throwaway that revolted against their lowly status and refused to be denied. Be it rock’n’roll’s national anthem (‘Rock Around The Clock’), disco’s enduring game-changer (‘I Feel Love’) or hip-hop’s most notorious dis track (‘Hit ’Em Up’), all three started life as the so-called ‘lesser’ track on releases primed for maximum chart impact. But the B-side has done much more than make stars of Bill Haley, Donna Summer and 2Pac.

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    Andy Cowan graduated from cut-and-pasting fanzines Only A Rumour and White Lie in his teens to working on Hip-Hop Connection — the world’s first rap monthly — in the late 80s, becoming its editor in the 90s and publisher in the 00s. He has also contributed to podcasts, documentaries, museum exhibits and is MOJO’s jazz columnist. He has been a B-side obsessive since he first started buying singles in 1978.

    Can’t believe your favourite B-side is missing? Have a cool B-side tale to tell? Please get in touch. All suggestions taken into account for future editions.

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    ''Thinkin’ About Thinkin’''
    Bubble Puppy
    INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS 1969
    A-side: ‘Days Of Our Time’
    Hirsute flare-wearers with an Aldous Huxley fixation, fun-loving Texans Bubble Puppy were slightly less unhinged then their labelmates the 13th Floor Elevators and Red Crayola. After lashing the Billboard top 20 with the forthright three-part vocal harmonies of 1969’s misspelled first single ‘Hot Smoke And Sasafrass’ the innocuously named, poorly styled quartet (check the cover to debut <em>A Gathering Of Promises</em>) struggled to summon a second winner from the pack. So they started afresh on this non-album single, although A-side ‘Days Of Our Time’ looked a little too closely to Britain’s chart invaders for inspiration. ‘Thinkin’ About Thinkin’’ more than compensated. An acid trip in microcosm, its filthy fuzztone riffs, manic drums and crazed organs offset by forthright inter-band operatics. It even crams in a laidback middle-eight before Rod Prince and Todd Potter’s feral guitars lock in to the fadeout. Dropped by their label in 1970, Bubble Puppy quickly resurfaced as the progressively-minded Demian, but failed to create anything quite as cool as this hairy slab of groovy fun.

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