Everett True

the longest songs in my iTunes library – Sonic Youth, Kraftwerk, Dirtbombs, Can, Tunabunny, Gareth Liddiard et al

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Inspired by my new Tunabunny acquisitions, I’m only listening to music that’s allowing itself space to breathe today.

The following tracks are all taken from my current iTunes library (which was completely overhauled less than a month ago). Just one song from each featured band, otherwise it would be getting ridiculous.

Sonic Youth – The Diamond Sea (25.48)
Now. This. Is. How. You. Do. It. (It’s still a pop song!)

Kraftwerk – Autobahn (22.43)
A four-minute version was a US Top 40 hit. Some songs you don’t ever want to stop. (The following is taken from their Tomorrow’s World 1975 performance)

The Dirtbombs – Bug In The Bassbin (21.22)
Taken from the forthcoming album Party Store, this track will have you begging for release long before it’s finished. It’s no ‘I Feel Love’, that’s for sure. Oddly, however, most of the rest of the album is: a solid-gone, stripped-back disco groove. The ghost of Chic lives on.

Can – You Doo Right (20.27)
The greatest rock’n’roll song ever recorded. My one complaint is that it’s not long enough. Seriously.

Tunabunny – Outer Space Is The Center Of The Earth (19.05)
Demented and extravagant and often impenetrable space rock imaginings from Athens’ finest former Pavement tribute band. It really gets going around the 13-minute mark. Taken from the split 12-inch with Hulaboy.

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7 Responses to the longest songs in my iTunes library – Sonic Youth, Kraftwerk, Dirtbombs, Can, Tunabunny, Gareth Liddiard et al

  1. Everett True January 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    (from Facebook)

    Richard Stacey ‎
    (nerd voice) The full Patrick Cowley mix of ‘I Feel Love’ is 15:45. There’s an edit on the b-side which is 8:50. Sounds like you’ve got a vinyl rip of that from a turntable running too fast. (/nerd voice)
    50 minutes ago · Like · 2 people

    Alexander Nutt
    do you mean to tell me that you don’t have “Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven”? oh what a dull and meaningless void you must live in 😀
    18 minutes ago · Like

  2. Princess Stomper January 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    My MP3 player doesn’t list music by track length, so I’ll have to do this properly later, but off the top of my head it would be something like:

    Sufjan Stevens – Impossible Soul
    Pink Floyd – Echoes
    Pink Floyd – One of These Days
    Foetus – Your Salvation (live)

    Him Indoors has a fairly impressive metal collection so we can immediately add in Iron Maiden’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner if we’re considering the contents of our shared PC.

    Apparently, Weekender by Flowered Up is an impressive 13 minutes long – though I’m not sure if I should admit to owning that. I should add that it’s not in my library, and instead languishing in its rightful place next to Vic Reeves’ version of Dizzy on the vinyl shelf.

  3. Everett True January 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

    (from Facebook)

    Jack Sargeant
    You need some Boris on there Absolutego runs at a mere 65mins….
    10 hours ago · Like

    Stevie Chick ‎
    2 gongs
    8 hours ago · Like

    Joanna Weber
    Blogged a response: http://reinspired.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/trending-topics-the-longest-tunes-in-my-itunes-library/

    (or, for the time-pressed: Sufjan Stevens, Pink Floyd, Foetus, Pig, Sisters of Mercy, Ministry, Cardiacs, Neubauten, NIN and Levitation)
    42 minutes ago · Like

  4. Paul January 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

    The Necks – Aether. 1:03

  5. Tim Footman January 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Leaving aside classical works, which rather skew things:
    Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (27.00)
    Jackie-O Motherfucker, Wow! (24.20)
    Mogwai, My Father My King (20.12)
    Acid Mothers Temple, Crystal Rainbow Pyramid (18.38)
    Fred Wesley & the JBs, More Peas (13.47)
    Stereolab/Nurse With Wound, Animal or Vegetable (A Wonderful Wooden Reason), (13.33)

  6. JB January 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

    VU – Sister Ray

    That ends all discussion

  7. Lesmo February 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

    What’s that version of “Diamond Sea”? The original? I thought it was like 19 minutes and a half…

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