On hidden tracks
Why do people do hidden tracks? What was the first hidden track? I myself have used them, though just because we felt like it’s what people do when they make albums. But when I really sit down and think about it – I can’t find an actual good reason.
It’s possible that it’s just the air of secrecy, of silliness, or an inside joke. Maybe there is a track that doesn’t fit the standard “song” mold – bad production, screw-ups, conversations that wouldn’t be “acceptable” as a real track listing. It’s weird though. There must be some kind of cult appeal to hidden tracks.
What are some great ones? In recent discussions, people keep bringing up Jagged Little Pill, which is a great song. Others I can think of are Ben Folds Five Whatever and Ever Amen, Abbey Road of course, Sheryl Crow has one on The Globe Sessions about Clinton’s impeachment. Jewel’s got one where she sings a beautiful duet with her mom on Spirit. Counting Crows and Barenaked Ladies are big on them too.
That’s about all I can think of. Does anyone know more about this?