So apparently, the Flaming Lips are working on a song that is six hours long. You heard me: Six. Hours. Long. While they are certainly not the first band to record an epic, I haven’t heard of many bands recoding a song that is THAT long, so this is pretty big news. In honor of the occasion, we’d like to present to you a playlist composed of other really long songs. Get ready to rock. A LOT.
1) The Decemberists, “The Tain”
Yes, you can call them pretentious, but be that as it may, the Decemberists are also really good at telling ridiculous stories through song, and “The Tain” is one of their best epics. They don’t perform it much in concert these days, since it’s over 20 minutes long; but I was lucky enough to hear it at a lottery concert they played in New York in the fall of 2009, and it was very impressive indeed. This is what happens when your set list is determined by pulling out song titles out of a hat.
2) George Gershwin, “Rhapsody in Blue”
Though this infamous tune often clocks in at about 9 minutes in length, Gershwin’s original recording was twice that long. I don’t know about you guys, but I could listen to that impossible clarinet slide all day.
3) Yo La Tengo, “Night Falls On Hoboken”
This 17-minute beauty is the perfect song to listen to on really long car rides at night. Dreamy.