Into the second leg of the poll now, the third of four entries from the Fall, and an unusual entry from Slint (the person who voted for this would have preferred Washer, but that didn’t make the FF, so he’s content to have this in the poll). This features the only entry by the Clash, and a track by the Orb that I couldn’t have put in a podcast anyway, as it’s 40 minutes long (this was the version voted for), so here it is, available as probably the longest download I have ever put up. Normally, I would rip the track at 224 kbps, but I chose a lower bit rate to try and make the download smaller….it still comes out at a whopping 45 mb, so have patience please!! Mind you, such considerations didn’t stop the 39 people who snapped up Supper’s Ready earlier this year…
40. White Stripes, Black Math
39. Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, Language Of Violence
38. Fall, Theme From Sparta F.C.
37. Captain Beefheart, Big Eyed Beans From Venus
36. Damned, Smash It Up
35. Shop Assistants, Safety Net
34. Clash, (White Man In) Hammersmith Palais
33. Slint, Good Morning Captain
32. Cud, Only A Prawn In Whitby
At no. 31, The Orb’s Blue Room (FF 1992 #20). This came out at a time when artists were considerably pushing the envelope regarding playing time of singles. I had an imported Pet Shop Boys CD single that topped 40 minutes easily, so Gallup decreed that any single longer than 40 minutes would be classed as an EP. The Orb (at this time, Alex Paterson and Kris ‘Thrash’ Weston) responded by making Blue Room 39:57 minutes long, and this is the version below. It maintains the record as the longest single ever to make the UK charts (no. 8 in 1992). And yet it never loses its trance-like hold on your ears for a single second: where did this band get the uncanny knack of keeping ones interest for such a long time?