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Published on July 13th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


The Ongoing History of New Music encore presentation: Hidden tracks and Easter eggs

You have music you don’t know about and never asked for. And no, I’m not talking about a U2 album. It’s the stuff that’s buried in your CD collection places you would never, ever think to look. Welcome to the world of hidden tracks, those pits of audio that secreted away like Easter eggs on CDs and even vinyl. This week, we’re going to go on a hunt for this mystery audio, uncovering some ultra-cool material (I’m looking at you, Arcade Fire and Tool.)

Here’s a playlist featuring some hidden tracks. Not all of them are featured in the show, but all of them are mysterious in their own way.

Catherine Wheel, The Spirit of Radio

Nirvana, Endless, Nameless

The Clash, Train in Vain

Cracker, Eurotrash Girl

STP, The Second Album

Offspring, Come Out and Play (Reprise)

Green Day, All By Myself

Arcade Fire, A strange untitled backwards song on Reflektor.

Nick Cave, Time Jesum Transeuntum et Non Riverentum

Chris Carter, Spoken word track from The X-Files movie soundtrack

Tool, The weird hidden track from Undertow

Eric Wilhite found a way to create a playlist from this mish-mash.

Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to The Ongoing History of New Music encore presentation: Hidden tracks and Easter eggs

  1. Jay says:

    I think there was a hidden track on the CD version of Alice in Chain’s Sap

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