"Winnebago" - Foo Fighters ("Exhausted" 12" promo single)
“Brimful of Asha” (Norman Cook Remix) (1998) – Amanda and I were lucky enough to get to go to London for our Senior Trip and it was filled to the brim with super cool musical moments. The second I found out we were going, I started making my plans to visit Abbey Road Studios. There was absolutely no way I was going to get that close to my musical Mecca without visiting it in person and I think our principal knew I was going to make it happen one way or another. For one of our outings, he graciously offered to split the class and make a “special trip” with a few of us. The only thing that could’ve made visiting Abbey Road any cooler was having Amanda with me and getting to share it with her was quite an unforgettable moment for me. While Abbey Road was definitely #1, another strong music-related memory was Fatboy Slim’s faster, vibier remix of “Brimful of Asha” playing everywhere we went! I was familiar with Cornershop’s original that had come out the previous summer, but when Fatboy Slim’s remix came out, it straight blew up in the UK. Cornershop even enjoyed greater success over here, eventually re-releasing the single with the remix as the B-side. This song seriously piqued my interest in Fatboy Slim, so when “The Rockafeller Skank” single came out just a few months after our trip, I was a Fatboy fanboy. It’s pretty cool when you get introduced to an artist via a remix and end up enjoying the remixer’s catalog even more than the original remixee’s… or something like that.
"Brimful of Asha" (Norman Cook Remix) - Cornershop ("Brimful of Asha" single)
“My Blue Heaven” – The Smashing Pumpkins (1996) – In my opinion, one of the coolest things to do for a B-side is come up with a really cool cover, especially the “out of left field” ones. While The Smashing Pumpkins were neck deep in the riff heavy, multi-guitar track (70+ on “Thru The Eyes of Ruby” alone) recordings of the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness era, they threw a gorgeous piano-led cover of the 1920’s standard “My Blue Heaven” onto the B-side of “Thirty-Three.” I absolutely adore (get it?) this song for a variety of reasons. First, the song itself is stunning in its simplicity and in the way Billy Corgan’s unique voice somehow carries it perfectly. Second, it was such a stark departure from what The Smashing Pumpkins were doing at the time. Remember, this was the album that gave us “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” “An Ode To No One,” “Zero” and “Tales of a Scorched Earth.” Granted, there were a lot of quiet moments on Mellon Collie, but nothing like “My Blue Heaven” had come from their camp. Third, this was the last Pumpkins album I truly loved. I got hooked on Siamese Dream, I went back to find Gish, geeked out on Pisces Iscariot and deeply immersed myself into Mellon Collie. Unfortunately, I just never got into what they were doing with Adore, Machina I and Machina II and they just dropped off my radar as far as new stuff goes. So I guess the B-side of the last single they released from the last album of theirs I obsessed over holds a bit of a significant, nostalgic spot for me as well.
"My Blue Heaven" - The Smashing Pumpkins ("Thirty-Three" single)