Two-Minute Warning

An overreaction, perhaps, to the Superlong series: these are songs that weigh in at 2:00 or less. (The shortest is “Bluebirds Over the Mountain,” which runs a mere 1:27.) The cover photo was derived from one of those zillions of Photoshop contests.

Cover art, Wendex 111116-2Track listing for 111116-2:

  1. Buddy Holly: Rave On
  2. The Cleftones: Heart and Soul
  3. Max Frost and the Troopers: Shape of Things to Come
  4. Gene Pitney: (I Wanna) Love My Life Away
  5. Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs: Stay
  6. Ersel Hickey: Bluebirds Over the Mountain
  7. Al Hirt: Java
  8. Barry and the Tamerlanes: I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight
  9. The Chiffons: A Love So Fine
  10. David Rose and His Orchestra: The Stripper
  11. Roger Miller: Dang Me
  12. The Aquatones: You
  13. The Coasters: Yakety Yak
  14. Tommy Roe: Everybody
  15. Jerry Lee Lewis: Great Balls of Fire
  16. Johnny Burnette: You’re Sixteen
  17. Connie Stevens: Sixteen Reasons
  18. The Dave Clark Five: Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)
  19. Patience and Prudence: Tonight You Belong to Me
  20. The Clovers: Love Potion No. 9
  21. Gerry and the Pacemakers: How Do You Do It
  22. Marianne Faithfull: Summer Nights
  23. The Castaways: Liar, Liar
  24. Lesley Gore: Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows
  25. The Swinging Blue Jeans: Hippy Hippy Shake
  26. Herman’s Hermits: I’m Henry VIII, I Am
  27. The Everly Brothers: Wake Up Little Susie
  28. Fats Domino: I’m in Love Again
  29. Eddie Cochran: Sittin’ in the Balcony
  30. The Shirelles: Dedicated to the One I Love
  31. Dee Clark: Just Keep It Up (And See What Happens)
  32. Dick and Dee Dee: Thou Shalt Not Steal
  33. James Ray: If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
  34. The Caravelles: You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry
  35. Dickey Lee: I Saw Linda Yesterday
  36. Chris Kenner: I Like It Like That
  37. Joey Dee and the Starliters: Peppermint Twist
  38. Clyde McPhatter: Lover Please
  39. Diane Ray: Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard
  40. Freddy Cannon: Palisades Park
  41. The Dartells: Hot Pastrami
  42. The Rolling Stones: Not Fade Away

2 Responses to “Two-Minute Warning”

  1. Says:

    Get to the point…

    It was Billy Joel, I think, who addressed the issue most directly: It was a beautiful song but it ran too long If you’re gonna have a hit, you gotta make it fit So they cut it down to 3:05…….

  2. » Get to the point Says:

    […] that was 1974; in this era of InstaEverything, even 3:05 is an eternity. I once put together a compilation CD with no songs over two minutes, which if nothing else makes for rather more variety: 42 tracks in just under 80 minutes. Radio […]