I used to hate it when bands would have something great going, then without warning cut it off short of the three minute mark. Most songs you would hear on the radio should be at least that long, right? Over time, I’ve learned that quality over quantity is a perfectly acceptable way to go about doing things. And when it comes to great music, it can actually make it that more special when it’s not long and as accessible. It means that that’s exactly the way the artists wanted their finished project to turn out. They didn’t give in to making the song more “marketable”, they chose to take pride in their own work instead.
1. Twin Peaks-Stand in the Sand
If you’re a fan of nostalgia or quality network television dramas from the 90’s , you’ll likely recognize the “Twin Peaks” tag but I assure you this band shares no further affiliation to the show other than sharing the same name. The music doesn’t sound like something out of that show either, rather, it has a strong west coast garage sound. So you might be surprised to learn Twin Peaks hails from Chicago. They’re a young group of chums and there track “Stand in the Sand” comes in at a just a mere 2 minutes and 15 seconds. However, that short time is packed with so much indie goodness it’ll be hard to not play it on a loop thus making longer in theory.
2. Kevin Devine and the G#$damn Band-Bubblegum
I stumbled upon this song the other day while driving home from work. It starts out with an overused guitar riff and sounds like a lame teen rock song about mustering up the courage you to ask out the chick you blew your chance with last summer at the big school dance coming up. Just seconds later, it stops sucking. @ 0:17 you’re thinking, “hey, I think we got something here!” Devine has several unique and worthwhile parts to this song. The lyrics appear to describe an event pertaining to some church or religious practice. And if you only listened to the instrumentals, you might not think it would be that a song with a religious message (I certainly didn’t). It flows excellently and displays Devine’s vocal range. While in the past his vocals have played second fiddle to Andy Hull’s in their project Bad Books, they are the highlight of this song. This is especially the case during the song’s climax @ 1:11.
Let’s turn back the clock a bit. This was one of the later tracks from Superunknown, which I’ll say is top-10 for albums from the entire 90’s decade. It clocks in at an insanely short 94 seconds! Due to the fast-paced nature of this song, that’s all it needs. Chris Cornell’s vocals are as stellar as they always are. There’s catchy guitar hooks throughout and that’s what drives the song. This is just one of many great tracks from that album. A lot of people know it only for “Black Hole Sun” but it has a lot more to offer aside from that, like this one. Be sure to check out “Kickstand” along with the others from this timelessly great album.