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8. The Clash. "Train in Vain (Stand By Me)" (1980). Also referred to as "The Hidden Cut!" on shrink-wrap stickers plastered across London Calling. Only true punks would bury their most commercial song to date at the end of a double album and neglect to list it. "Train in Vain" couldn't be ignored and eventually was released as a single, turned into a jeans commercial jingle, sampled by Big Audio Dynamite, and covered by Annie Lennox -- yet it's still not listed on the London Calling CD. "Train" came together in the studio at the eleventh hour of recording the band's third album, and would have been listed if the covers and labels had not already been printed.
Hidden Tracks Come of Age, Digitally
9. Soul Asylum. "Put the Bone In" (1988). Stickers on Hang Time hinted this album included a "bone-us track." Haw haw!
10. R.E.M. "11" (1989). R.E.M. performed "So. Central Rain" on national television before the song had a title, so the next logical step was to release a track and never bother naming it. Although no track eleven is listed on the cover of Green, it is noted on the actual disc itself. "This song is here to make you strong," warbles Michael Stipe. He could be referring to the album itself, since this up-tempo, untitled tune follows two of the group's weakest-ever offerings: "Hairshirt" and "I Remember California."
11. Freedy Johnston. The Trouble Tree (1990). His first CD on Bar/None contains a hidden last track, followed by a thirteen-minute gap, and finally a strange, hallucinogenic cover of that same unlisted final cut. Spooky, eh, kids?
12 and 13. Nirvana. "Endless, Nameless" (1992) and "Verse Chorus Verse" (1993). Years ago as a lad in Aberdeen, Kurt Cobain used to scare his roommate, Jessie Reed, by recording "Jessie, Jessie, I'm coming to get yooo!" in ghostly tones at the end of 45-minute cassettes. Then Cobain would rewind the tape and pop it into the stereo before both men retired for the night.
People who left Nevermind sitting in their CD players were treated to a similar fright. Ten minutes and three seconds after "Something in the Way" signed off, what starts off like the "Theme from Jaws" turns into a six-minute, full-bore feedback assault. Nirvana repeated its trick on the No Alternative AIDS benefit album, issuing "Verse Chorus Verse," a song left off In Utero that boasted that album's original title. Smells like teen mischief!
14. Chorus of Empire. Initiation (1992). Perhaps one of the most creative ways of hiding a hidden cut -- to get to it, you have to skip back from track one.
15. Guns 'n Roses. "Look at Your Game, Girl" (1993). The only known hidden track penned by a mass murderer. Axl Rose tried to further his bad-boy image by wearing Charles Manson T-shirts and tacking one of Badtime Charlie's compositions on the end of The Spaghetti Incident? At least Rose had the good manners to say "Thanks, Chas" at the end of it.
16. nine inch nails. "Physical (You're So)" (1994). If you covered an Adam and the Ants song, how eager would you be for people to know about it? It's track 98 on Broken. Track 99 is a cover of Pigface's "Suck."
17. Stone Temple Pilots. "The Second Album" (1994). If you're one of those people who can't stand STP, think of the band's sophomore album, Purple, as a 40-minute setup for a fabulous hidden track. The album's back cover depicts a cake that promises "12 Gracious Melodies" in red icing, yet only 11 cuts are listed. Wait about twenty seconds after "Kitchenware & Candybars," however, and you'll hear some crazed lounge singer crooning "The Second Album, 12 Gracious Melodies!" It's not STP lead singer Scott Weiland, but rather a developmentally challenged Seattle musician named Richard Peterson, who wrote the ditty for his second album; that record also contained 12 gracious melodies and was titled (what else?) The Second Album. STP cut him a fat royalty check, and Peterson continues to make money off the band's generosity. Hey, they're not so bad, after all.
18. Cracker. Cracker (1994). Tracks 69 and 84 are hidden gems, the latter being the ever-popular "Euro Trash Girl."
19. Supersuckers. La Mano Cornuto (1994).This Supersuckers opus would've clocked in at a paltry 26 minutes and 32 seconds if not for its hidden cut. Track fourteen is the entire album played over again.
20. Mudhoney. My Brother the Cow (1995). Not to be outdone by a band (Supersuckers) from their former label (Sub Pop), these generation spokesmodels included their entire album backward as a hidden bonus cut A a whopping 40 minutes and 19 seconds! Yoo-hoo, Mr. Guinness, are you paying attention?
21. Hootie and the Blowfish. Cracked Rear View (1995). Track 34 is a hidden cut titled, hoo, boy, "Track 34."
22. Butt Trumpet. Butt Trumpet (1995). This eponymous debut includes an unlistenable seventeen-minute hidden cut that culminates with the boys in the band heaving into the porcelain throne.
23. The Ramones. "The Spiderman Theme" (1995). The official ode to Spidey is an irreverent end to the band's could-be farewell album, Adios Amigos. Why shouldn't Johnny and Joey identify with the web slinger? Like Spiderman, they haven't changed their wardrobe in more than twenty years.