yeah, the BB headline is not really correct. some of the list has to do with chart positions, but mainly it’s just a guy’s personal list of great bsides, cross-referenced with some professional music writers’ personal lists. which is great. but not what the headline says.
also, with so many obscurities, it was really annoying to have to read through the fine print to find what the A side was so I could determine if I knew this artist whatsoever, rather than just listing it with all the other label data.
despite the UK bias and the fact I’m probably 30 years younger than the author, I actually have plenty of these:
these are just what I have that’s in the link’s list. not too bad for gen-x. I used to have my mom’s “I Saw Her Standing There” but I think my cousin snagged it.
of the ones I have that he didn’t mention, I feel like the most glaring omission was the flip of the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie”: “Haunted Castle”. it’s a great instrumental tune. very different from Louie Louie but catchy as hell.
Somewhat obscure (although I did recently catch it in an old Jonathan Demme movie) was The Bell Notes’ “I’ve had it” with “Be Mine” on the flip. both great. A-side probably better but a great two-fer.
David Seville’s “Witch Doctor” is the A-side well known as the origin of the vocal effect that became The Chipmunks. but the flip, “Don’t Whistle at me Baby,” is a strong tune in its own right, doomed by being a “straight” tune opposite the biggest novelty tune of all time.
moving far forward, The Time released “The Bird” and “Jungle Love” together without A or B labels; rather, “back to back hits” is printed on both sides. and it’s true. love both, JL probably the winner imo.