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Friday 5: Not Viewed as a “Greatest Hit” (But Could Be)!

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Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you!). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Here we go!

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THE FIVE

What five songs aren’t viewed as “greatest hits” for some reason?

THE LISTER

Anso DF, MetalSucks Senior Editor

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“Lost Again” by Suicidal Tendencies
from Lights … Camera … Revolution (Epic)
1990

It’s fun to love a band’s “deep cut.” More personal in a way, this little song is like awesome jeans that fit none of your friends, just you. Then, another type of favorite is the anthem, the social event, the one beloved by the largest number of fans or most intensely by the intensest fans. It’s the encore, it’s in the canon. Then the third category of song is for the ones that are not favorites — but they could be.

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“Blessed In Contempt” by Testament
from Practice What You Preach (Atlantic)
1989

That is, a favorite song don’t always feel like a “classic.” Its ambitions may be different than a first-ballot hall of fame favorite by the same bands. Maybe this type of favorite song is quirky, anti-anthemic, B-sideish in some way. So anyway you come to terms with the likelihood of never experiencing it in concert or from random speakers — not nearly as often as that band’s winners anyway. But today’s F5 is about the ones that, on your first listen to the album, you immediately recognized as one surely headed for immortality. But, nope, it didn’t get there.

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“Who Cares Wins” by Anthrax
from State Of Euphoria (Island)
1988

For a band’s business partners, there must be songs which inspire zero confidence. And with good reason: Maybe the shit is a major downer. Maybe it’s too much to ask of non-metal people, the heaviness and the Bono stuff at once. Maybe it’s a beloved album cut in waiting, failed single or not.

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“Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit” by Pantera
from Reinventing The Steel (EastWest)
2000

I wonder if sometimes an album isn’t a favorite of its authors for emotional reasons. Like, its creation came during your blackest time, and its expressions are super stressful and embarrassing to you here in 2016. So you stick to the songs that represent the stupidity of people who aren’t you.

“Set The World Afire” by Megadeth
from So Far … So Good … So What! (Capitol.)
1988

Some of these “classic but not considered classic” songs are your actual favorite song of the band’s. The actual best of many awesome songs. Yet not even the band seems to like it. Weird!!!

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Your turn! Have a great wknd!

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