Late in 2016, I posted on Facebook about the contents of a mix tape I put together sometime in early 92. It’s the only sixty-minute tape of its kind in my collection. I’ll be re-upping modified versions of those sixteen posts over the coming weeks.
Because I don’t recall hearing this one when it was released in the early 80s, I tend to mistakenly think of it as belonging to the early 90s. Here’s a hot take for you: this song and “Rock Lobster,” two totally jamming pieces that are more than worthy of their places in the canon, are just too darn long. I contend that both simply run out of steam and wouldn’t suffer from being a couple minutes shorter. I assume it’s the single version in the video; this is just about right. I made my own edit when recording the tape by fading the full version out, well, a couple minutes early.
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The long version was mainly a dance club thing, I think. My single version (from the BEST OF 415 RECORDS comp, which I mainly got for tracks by Translator) seems reasonably tight.
Maybe things were different east of the Mississippi but out here in the Sonoran Desert, we preferred the lengthier versions of both “Rock Lobster” and “Never Say Never” for listening and the single edit versions when making mixtapes. Or for listening.