We just made a list of 501 lost songs. It features in a special edition collector’s mag available now and celebrates all those hidden treasures, overlooked gems and just plain underrated tracks from the last 60-odd years.
Within the mag’s 100 pages I waffle on about electronica, from Phuture to Fridge, Terry Riley, Cybotron and Rhythim Is Rhythim, while other NME and Uncut people dig out classics from the 50s to the 00s via glam, girl groups, krautrock and pyschedelia and the careers of Dylan, The Smiths, The Libs and The Stones among others. Basically a tonne of undervalued music – a lot of which we’ve rounded up into a special Spotify playlist.
A load of musicians chipped in too, so you’ve got Richard Ashcroft on Aphrodite’s Child, Felix from The Maccabees on Dylan and Theo Hurts on Performance.
Matt Helders picks The Oscillation’s ‘Out Of Phase’ while Liam Howlett bigs up Ultramagnetic MCs ‘Chorus Line’.
But what are your favourite lost tracks, those cuts that for whatever reason never quite got the attention they deserved?
Personally, the return of The Field this week has reminded me how good his pulsing electronica is, and the reappearance of Dev Hynes how much more interest Test Icicles could have generated.
Both perhaps not totally ‘lost’, so moving further into music’s rabbit hole I’d nominate something by ‘90s prog indie lunatics Ultrasound, whose recent reunion, celebrated by a fervent but paltry devoted, proves how lost they are to the vast majority. I was going to post album track ‘Happy Times Are Coming’, but YouTube can’t deliver so it'll have to be this, the second track from their only album 'Everything Picture', which has had 200-odd views, in nine months. A travesty.
The appearance of Kenickie in the 90’s b-sides section of the mag was heartening too, although I would have plumped for this beautiful album closer from their epic 1997 ode to youth, freedom and good times 'At The Club'.
Anyway, what would you nominate for your top lost tracks?
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