Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Short Songs

Johnny Nash

41-Second Christmas Song

Johnny Nash‘s 1969 Christmas album Prince of Peace turned up recently in suburban DC’s Value Village thrift shop.  Initially captivated by the groovy 3-D cover, I was even more enthralled, once I returned home with the LP and cued up the 41-second opening track — a fresh pop arrangement of

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"I Love Monsters Too"

Alex Harvey Loves Monsters, Too

Most music fans in the US (and even quite a few in the UK) are unaware that a major 1970s British rock star put out an album on K-Tel (!) during a period of peak popularity – one entitled Alex Harvey Presents the Loch Ness Monster, no less.  There’s a

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"This Is the Shortest Song in the World"

Brevity in Pop: Know When to Fold

These (short) songs clearly run the risk of leaving listeners wanting more: “Wildcat Run”     Red Sovine    1966    (1:20) “Some Kinda Earthquake”     Duane Eddy     1959     (1:17) “You Tell Me”     Johnny Cash     1959     (1:17) “Revellion”     The Revels     1962     (1:14) “Oh Claire”      Cheap Trick     1978    

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