And in the middle of elucidations, I break down

Long-time friend MC Thumbtack — you may remember her from such classic Web sites as a small victory and this is not pitchforkmade this observation today:

How to make your workday better in one easy step: Side 2 of Abbey Road.

Not quite ten minutes later:

I knew saying “side 2” would date me. It’s true. I’m old.

Then again, Abbey Road has been out on CD for more than twenty years — a remastered version is due out this fall — and I still think of everything from “Here Comes the Sun” on out as “Side 2,” even though CD’s don’t have a side 2.

Is there an alternative? It’s easy to think of the “You Never Give Me Your Money” medley as a unit — I have it saved as a single file in iTunes to avoid clutter — but this ignores two tracks entirely. (We’ll forget “Her Majesty” for the moment.)

Or maybe we can argue that the LP defines the parameters for the album, regardless of format, and therefore it’s still side 2, dammit. I’m leaning this way for the moment.

(And I object to characterizing as “old” the person who introduced me to Steel Pole Bath Tub.)


  1. Mark Alger »

    7 July 2009 · 10:18 pm

    The thing I hate is the inter-track Moment of Silence inserted by culturally insensitive, singles-fixated MP3 players.

    To quote Lenny Bruce, f***ing fascists.


  2. Mark Alger »

    7 July 2009 · 10:18 pm

    Talk about your one-track minds.


  3. CGHill »

    7 July 2009 · 10:24 pm

    Which is why I saved the thing as a single track, so it plays uninterrupted. A little bit of MacGuyvering the CD ripper, and it came out fine. (I learned how to do this after piecing together all the segments of “Yesterday Once More” by the Carpenters and vowing never to do that again if at all humanly possible.)

  4. Mel »

    7 July 2009 · 10:28 pm

    When I hear “Here Comes the Sun”, my mind goes to the massive Oklahoma flooding of 1986.

    As I left Seminary Hall at NSU Tahlequah, that song was playing on the clock tower chimes juxtaposed against a gentle rain that was beginning to fall. A rain that would become a deluge for large parts of northeast Oklahoma.

    Looking it up on the NWS site, it’s listed as “#11 honorable mention” among Oklahoma’s top 10 weather events of the 20th century.

    NWS: Flooding, Northern Oklahoma – Late September and Early October 1986. Remnants of two pacific tropical cyclones (Newton, and then Paine) combined to produce widespread 1-week rainfall totals of 10-20 inches across northern Oklahoma, leading to record river flooding.

  5. McGehee »

    8 July 2009 · 8:24 am

    Which is why I saved the thing as a single track, so it plays uninterrupted.

    I eliminated the MOS between “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” by Queen, since I’d always heard them played together as a unit on the radio when they first came out, and I like to play my music on shuffle — but in my case it meant splicing the separate MP3 files together using Windows Movie Maker.

  6. CGHill »

    8 July 2009 · 8:38 am

    There was a LaserDisc many years ago of Queen’s Greatest Flix, a collection of music videos, and inexplicably they put “We Are the Champions” before “We Will Rock You.”

  7. McGehee »

    8 July 2009 · 10:21 am

    Huh. Putting the victory celebration before the pep rally? How odd.

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