Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.
The process of a band's repertoire being whittled away in the collective consciousness to just a few numbers is quite a common one. Culture Club is another useful example. 'The War Song', their late-1984 single, was one of their bigger releases, cracking the Top 3 in the UK and the Top 10 here, but trying to find a Culture Club compilation with that track on it is quite a challenge. I tried and eventually succeeded, but it seems these days half the room on any Culture Club compendium is put aside for obscure Boy George-related projects. (I'm not knocking those tracks, I just think they need a compilation of their own.)
Or take Wham! (and no, I'm not making the obvious gag here). Everyone remembers 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go', even people who were under the age of eight when it was released. How many people remember 'Freedom', its equally successful follow-up? How many people recall that 'Everything She Wants', the B-side of 'Last Christmas', went on to become a substantial hit in its own right within the same year? Yes, Wham! really were that big.
Unless you're a crazed obsessive like me (or a few other people I know), I guess the answer is you live for the moment and when it starts to fade, there's no predicting which bit will fade first. But I can't help thinking that if 'Careless Memories' was included on the soundtrack of the next Jim Carrey movie, it still wouldn't inspire swoons of recognition from the incomprehensibly huge audience.
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