Buying a single and getting remixes as B-Sides was one of the worst things about being a rock fan in the 80’s and 90’s. You’d get spoiled by some acts who would write 3 new songs to back up the A-Side. Then there was a great new single by a scorching new act out and when you went to buy it:
- Radio edit
- Extended mix
- Club mix
This was never a good sign. This meant they had nothing else in the arsenal.
This only applied in rock. In Dance and Pop and all the keyboard genres it was fine. But a band. With remixes as B-Sides. They were not going to go the distance.
By the Early 2000’s B-Sides were a quaint concept and a remix for an Indie Dance crossover like Black Kids would be considered a rather exciting prospect.
And so it is with The Twelves Remix of Black Kids break through single. I love the original version but the Twelves Mix has the echoey count off at the beginning, the Prince and the Revolution squelchy keyboard effects and just drips retro future in a really fun way.
As it was Black Kids didn’t really go the distance either. They fell from view after Hurricane Jane and I don’t recall hearing anything from them since. Still the thing about flash in the pan bands is that those flashes can be pretty bright.