Someone finally identified the thing that all of yesterday’s songs had in common. They’re all Track 3 on whatever album they came out on.
The reason they’re all fairly old is, I went with songs from about the time when I first noticed the propensity for Track 3 to rock just a bit harder, to guitar just a little hookier. You’d get Track One, that would just sort of ease you into the album or grab your attention, Track Two would often give you something a little different, and then bam! Track Three would just pull out the stops. After that things might settle down a little.
I thought about making a mixtape (yes, “tape” — that’s how old the idea is) containing nothing but Track Threes. Were I to make it today, it’d be a CD, and the cover might look like this:
Here are some more good Track 3s that might be on it:
Alabama 3 – Woke Up This Morning
The Books – Tokyo
Cake – Never There
Fiona Apple – Limp
Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
Fountains of Wayne – Denise
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Matthew Sweet – The Ugly Truth
The Mountain Goats – This Year
Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things
Soul Coughing – Casiotone Nation
Weezer – Keep Fishin’
Wilco – Box Full of Letters
What Track 3s would you put on such a mix?