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    Song pairs: songs by one artist that are always played together, rock and otherwise

    I'm curious about pairs of rock songs by one group that often sound quite different and distinct from each other, but are always played together on the radio and paired together on "best of" compilations. For instance:

    Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / With a Little Help from my Friends
    Journey: Feeling That Way / Anytime
    The Cars[/B]: Bye Bye Love / Moving in Stereo
    Queen: We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions
    INXS: Need You Tonight / Mediate (the video for Meditate was always shown by itself when it appeared on MTV in the 1980s)
    Pink Floyd: a ton of songs from various albums, especially from The Wall

    There's also the songs that people think are one song, but are actually two.

    Elton John: Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
    Jackson Browne: Load Out / Stay

    Can soneone explain the paired song phenomenon? Is there a name for it? It seemed to be popular among bands in the 1970s and 1980s, but I haven't encountered it with any music released in the past 15 years or so.

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    At least some of them are inherent to the media they were originally marketed on - the vinyl LP album. There is no gap between the songs Sgt. Peppers/Little Help From Friends - one directly segues into the other. I think the same is true of We Will Rock You/Champions, as well. I would guess this was done by the artists' design.

    Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was a true concept album and the songs are connected because the thematic material is all connected.
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    "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" from Led Zeppelin II.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was a true concept album and the songs are connected because the thematic material is all connected.
    Pink Floyd seemed to have a thing for stringing songs together. The Wall album is notorious for that as well as Darkside of the Moon.

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    Green Day - "Brain Stew" and "Jaded" on Insomniac

    again no pause between the tracks so it's tough to play just one.

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    Pink Floyd seemed to have a thing for stringing songs together. The Wall album is notorious for that as well as Darkside of the Moon.
    I just don’t get Pink Floyd.

    Aerosmith Dream On & Sweet Emotion

    both are on "A Little South Of Sanity - Disc Two"
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    I just don’t get Pink Floyd.

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    Have you listened to much of their songs? Regardless of whether you "get" the whole concept of their albums, they have some tunes that are pretty killer just by themselves.

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    Here's one from the "70's. "Foreplay/Long time" by Boston and no comments from the peanut gallery.
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner
    Here's one from the "70's. "Foreplay/Long time" by Boston and no comments from the peanut gallery.
    Boston recorded two songs? You're kidding, right?
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    Excellent thread! Of course, I see the Zeppelin and Floyd standards were already mentioned, as well as other notable cuts by Boston and Queen. Here's some others...

    Aerosmith - Intro/Eat the Rich
    Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again/Don't Stop
    Steve Miller - Threshold/Jet Airliner
    Van Halen - 316/Top of the World

    ...and the mother of them all:
    Van Halen - Eruption/You Really Got Me
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    Moody Blues - Tuesday Afternoon/Evening Time
    The Kings - This Beat Goes On/Switching to Glide (Obscure Top 40 Hit from 1980)
    Genesis - Home By The Sea/Home By The Sea Part II
    ELO - The Dream/Can't Get It Out of My Head

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan

    Can soneone explain the paired song phenomenon? Is there a name for it? It seemed to be popular among bands in the 1970s and 1980s, but I haven't encountered it with any music released in the past 15 years or so.
    May not be your cup of tea but Tool definately does some song pairing.

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