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

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Arrington de Dionyso – Les Grenouilles de Cherbourg (18.53)
Throat singing and demented sax wailing from former Old Time Relijun front man. And what sounds like a didgeridoo but probably isn’t. Even more fun than it sounds.

Gareth Liddiard – The Radicalisation Of ‘D’ (16.12)
The stand-out track on on The Drones singer’s often difficult recent solo opus Strange Tourist, mainly because he has given himself enough room to breathe on this one.

Oneida – Sheets Of Easter (14.13)
I once had to leave a London concert to catch the last train home in the middle of this song. I swear that they were still playing it by the time I got back to Brighton.

The Slits – Earthbeat (live on WFMU radio) (14.00)
This is over two-thirds as long as a recording of an entire show I have of them from a couple of years earlier. And equally as rewarding.

8 Eye Spy – The Way To The Western Regions (13.36)
The sound of the Chinese underground following the Sonic Youth route.

Grace Jones – Private Life (dub) (13.00)
Taken from the awesome Wild Dub – Dread Meets Punk Rocker remix album.

Dexys Midnight Runners – This Is What She’s Like (12.23)
Brilliantly, the only single Kevin Rowland allowed to be released from Don’t Stand Me Down. Result? Instant commercial suicide.

The Deadnotes + The Legend! – I Like A Joke (As Much As The Next Man) (live at Woodlands Bar) (11.56)
We were aiming for 20 minutes. It’s way harder than you’d think. I swear, if we’d played another number as long – and funky – the entire place would’ve been dancing.

Isaac Hayes – The Look Of Love (11.14)
Of course, the far lengthier ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ is the one to play if you want to kill the dance-floor stone dead. The opening six minutes, from what I recall, is just one lingering chord. Fuck My Bloody Valentine.

The Fall – Repetition (live at Manchester Band On The Wall) (11.04)
Mark E Smith certainly likes to get stuck in.

Propaganda – Sorry For Laughing (Unapologetic 12″) (10.12)
Surprising, and surprisingly spooky, version of this Josef K gem.

My Disco – Rivers (9.51)
Strangely, this comes in even longer than This Heat’s ‘Health And Efficiency’, to which it certainly owes a debt.

Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley remix) (8.17)
This, on the other hand, IS Donna Summer. Odd, how we remember it going on for 30 minutes. If only.

P.S. We are talking current iTunes library only. Not filed music.

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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

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    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

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    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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