11:59 was the B-side for Heart Of Glass back in 1979 when the concept of ‘sides’ was still viable. See, back in the day they used to release singles on these little 7″ rounds of vinyl, with a song on each side, A and B. Why someone would bother purchasing a two song disc instead of waiting for the whole album to drop, I don’t know, except in those cases when the big singles weren’t included on the album they were meant to promote, but I think they stopped pulling that ol’ bait ‘n switch sometime in the sixties. Honestly, I don’t know how singles are disseminated nowadays. No one in their right brain-space is going to buy a CD with less than 10 songs on it, because that’s just such a ridiculous waste of time, money and plastic. There’s iTunes, I suppose, where you can download a single (or album track) for 99 cents. But again, why bother when you can bootleg it for free, or if you’ve got scruples, stream it on YouTube or Pandora or Jango or MySpace, or one of any number of free music streaming venues the interwebs have to offer. I guess singles to serve some purpose – they get played on the radio, they give artists an excuse to film extravagant videos, and they may even be worth buying if you’re reasonably certain that you won’t be able to tolerate a full forty minutes of Bruno Mars music. I’m amazed that Top 40 radio still flourishes despite being about as obsolete as the horse and buggy. Why does anyone still bother when everything and the kitchen sink is available online, faster, cheaper and better?
On a different tangent, observe below, Deborah Harry looking stunning in, um, harem shorts? White pantaloons? God forbid, a white pantaloon harem onesie? It’s like I said yesterday, Deb is above and beyond the conventions of mere mortals. If she likes jumpers and onesies, so it will be, and she rocks it. Watch her and weep.