Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Six Best Songs Over Thirty Minutes Long

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

  • Dorando Pietri, wishing Nike had commissioned workout music from LCD Soundsystem at the 1908 Olympics.

"American Pie" is eight and a half minutes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is seventeen. It is not uncommon for a prog track to reach twenty minutes, but it takes a certain breed to break the half-hour barrier. Below is a list of the six best songs over thirty minutes long. Feel free to interject your favorite long songs in the comments, but please keep it brief.

6. The Vindictives - "In Pursuit Part II (Featuring Hypno-Punko Sound)" In Pursuit: Pt. II (Featuring "Hypno-Punko" Sound... For Experienced "Hypno-Punko" Users Only) by The Vindictives on Grooveshark

Punk band the Vindictives made an ambitious record called Hypno-Punko in 1999, full of bizarre acapella tracks and songs that disappear before hitting the one minute mark. The highlight was "In Pursuit," a speedy pop punk number borrowing chords from Pachabel's "Canon in D" (or, if you prefer, "Basketcase" by Green Day). The tune ends with layers of vocal lines, each of which would make its own great hook individually. After the song tapers off, "In Pursuit Part II" enters, essentially a loop of the previous track's great ending that plays for 44 minutes. It can be jarring, but it's fascinating how hypnotic this actually is, the perfect score for zoning out while keeping your energy level at its max.

5. LCD Soundsystem - "45:33" 45:33 by LCD Soundsystem on Grooveshark

James Murphy's "work-out album" was commissioned by Nike to flow like an exercise routine. Warm ups, slow downs, jogging tempos, et cetera. Turns out that same pattern of intensity lends itself well to listening while not moving, perhaps while driving or staring at a computer. Most notably, a chunk towards the beginning of the track was rearranged and given lyrics for "Someone Great," a standout of LCD Soundsystem's Sound Of Silver. The corporate sponsorship could have added a level of discomfort (I've read horror stories of Lil Wayne's recent on-stage Mountain Dew commercials at this year's SXSW), but Murphy used the challenge as a stepping off point for awesomeness. Bravo.

4. Orthrelm - "OV" OV by Orthrelm on Grooveshark

Orthrelm guitarist Mick Barr shreds so quickly on "OV," you worry he's going to hurt himself. And actually, he did. The duo had to cancel dates on its tour performing the 33 minute composition due to flare-ups of Barr's carpal tunnel. "OV" is brutally repetitious, an artsy track that loops 2 second segments of grind metal for minutes on end, and each riff change emerges like a new demon escaping the gates of hell. It's not as much of a headache as it may sound. Each melody hangs out long enough for the listener to get comfortable in its shape, and the overall structure moves forward with subtle changes - drummer Josh Blair (also of dance band Supersystem) spends a good twenty minutes not touching a single cymbal. "OV" is easier on the ears than an album half its length by the Number 12 Looks Like You or Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza or whatever other grind metal band that fifteen year old girls inexplicably like. Just enter at your own risk.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 13, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation