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A good song doesn't necessarily have to fit a format, especially when it comes to the time lapse of a song. However, the mega-obsessed music industry has pretty much trained millions of people for decades that a song between three to four minutes is the perfect cookie-cutter formula for a hit record. Huh.

There are plenty of songs that can make a big impact in two minutes or less, especially in the independent and alternative music arena. The following are a collection of songs that come in, do their thing and get out. Nothing wrong with that. But too much of a short thing isn't always satisfactory, especially when it is something that you want to last longer.

Nevertheless, these songs each find their own way to make a short song work well. Included in this playlist are and the now disbanded Phoenix rockers The Format, the mostly unknown solo artist Super XX Man, the under-rated indie pop band Okay, 90's alt band Bells Of and London's new eccentric purveyors of pop Micachu and The Shapes .

"Closer" - The Format, unreleased (2007)

"Waiting For Your Return" - Super XX Man from Vol. IX (2000)

"Only" - Okay from Huggable Dust (2008)

"Star And Sun" - Bells Of from Two Dos Or Not 2 (1995)

"Lips" - Micachu and The Shapes from Jewellery (2009)

Other playlist series you might enjoy:

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   May 17, 2009   


At 9:40 PM , Anonymous Tim Chilcott said...

really awesome post, but at the same time the content of the song should really just evolve and breathe until it becomes what it is meant to be


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