Feel Bad for February 2015 – Short Songs

February, the longest, shortest month. Especially when you are buried in six feet of snow in New England. To alleviate some of the cabin fever, and in honor of the shortest month of the year, I asked contributors to submit up to three of their favorite songs that are under or around 2 minutes long. 49 songs, yet only 1 hour and 17 minutes of music! Perfect! There’s a huge variety here, and a lot of punk, which fuckin’ rules! Thanks to Nashville resident TooMuchCountry for the cover art. Honestly, the Boston photo is no exaggeration.

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1. “An Arrow in the Gale”
Magnolia Electric Co.
Josephine (2009)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

2. “Your Name is Wild”
Guided By Voices
Under the Bushes, Under the Stars (1996)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

3. “Calinda”
The Louisiana Honeydrippers
Bayou Bluegrass (1960)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Mandatory Cajun song to make the old ladies mad. I should get bonus points for song being exactly 2 mins.

4. “I’m Black”
Furry Lewis
The Alabama State Troupers Road Show (1972)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: This is off a double album that is fairly horrible, but side 1 is all Furry Lewis, and the only reason worth having this album. OG rap, your new jam.

5. “Country Delight”
Country Mike
Country Mike’s Greatest Hits (1998)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: I was wrong, THIS is your new jam.

6. “Tell Her Lies and Feed Her Candy”
The Sadies
Precious Moments (1998)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The Sadies cover Porter Wagoner. Some good advice in this song.

7. “Get Drunk”
Drag the River
Closed. (2002)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Getting drunk is awesome. In fact, it’s what I’m doing right now.

8. “Never Talking To You Again”
Hüsker Dü
Zen Arcade (1984)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Some Grant Hart Goodness. I once heard the Foo Fighters cover this song, and it was brilliant.

9. “Fried My Little Brains”
The Kills
Keep On Your Mean Side (2003)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Our favourite riff of the millennium!

10. “Somethin’ Else”
Eddie Cochran
The Best of Eddie Cochran (1988)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: For us, the best two minutes of genuine cars and girls rock’n’roll ever committed to vinyl.

11. “Midnight Wave”
Two Wounded Birds
Midnight Wave (2011)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: The sadly missed Two Wounded Birds flared briefly with their Link Wray inspired surf rock and this was their finest two minutes – in party mood, flicking up their collars and spitting out the gum.

12. “All Mods Cons”
The Jam
All Mod Cons (1978)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: …learned more from a two minute record, baby, then I ever learned in school.

13. “Jolene”
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
Love Their Country (2006)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Much better than the White Stripes version.

14. “Little Deuce Coupe”
The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Borrowed and never gave back my dad’s copy of this.

15. “Crazy Mother Fucker From Shelby Ohio”
Tim Easton
Not Cool (2013)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: Short song, great swampy sound, underrated songwriter.

16. “Stolen The Moon”
Bob Walkenhorst
The Beginner (2003)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: From the front man of The Rainmakers. Planning to visit Kansas City? If so, you can request Bob play it on Wednesday nights at The Record Bar.

17. “Crush Your Skull”
Elvis Hitler
Disgraceland (1988)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I wonder why this band didn’t make it.

18. “Heaven and Hell”
Willie Nelson
Phases and Stages (1974)
Submitted By: @philnorman

19. “The One After 909″
The Beatles
Complete Rooftop Recordings (1969)
Submitted by: @philnorman

20. “Catching on Fire”
They Might Be Giants
Apollo 18 (1992)
Submitted by: @philnorman

21. “She Said Yeah”
The Rolling Stones
December’s Children (and Everybody’s) (1965)
Submitted By: Trailer

22. “Selfish Lover”
Gary Floater
Who Cares (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

23. “Fragmented World”
Split Single
Fragmented World (2010)
Submitted By: Ryan(Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: One of my favorite songs from my favorite record of 2014. Just a great power pop song. Jason Narducy (leader of Split Single) has gotten plenty of attention for his bass duties in Bob Mould’s band and as a touring member of Superchunk – its about time he gets some credit for his own fantastic songs.

24. “Songs About Boats”
Chumped
Teenage Retirement (2014)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Great 90’s sounding slice of rock and roll. There was a ton of great music that come out last year that I’m just getting around to.

25. “Walking Out on Love”
Paul Collins’ Beat
The Beat (1979)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Power pop heaven. This is a tighter, more crisp version of a song that Collins wrote for The Nerve (and which appeared on their only album). Just a great turn it up and sing it loud type song.

26. “Mark on the Bus”
Beastie Boys
Check Your Head (1992)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Short. I ride on the bus into the city every day…. If I had a nickel for every time this album has been played, I could have retired while in college.

27. “Chromatic Death”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shorter. One of the guys from Anthrax was part of this. Not sure if they were serious or not. The lead singer did go on to found Method of Destruction and I did see a flyer for their show in Glasgow for July 2014.

28. “Ballad of Jimi Hendrix”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shortest. Sorry. I’ll go get a mop.

29. “Little Bit of Whiskey”
Bill Morrissey
Bill Morrissey (1991)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: This is typical of his terse, beautiful compositions about the harshness of eastern seaboard life (Mark Erelli did a tribute album last year called Milltowns, which is a must for any folk collection)

30. “Better Not Wake The Baby”
The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Colin Meloy being deceptively flippant again. Probably had cabin fever.

31. “I Wanna Lose Control”
Paul Westerberg/Deathray
Open Season (OST) (2006)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: My first thought for under 2 minute songs was the Ramones, and I think this channels them well. Continues my ‘cabin fever is a bitch’ theme.

32. “Skilly Bom Billy Flop”
The Imperial Rooster
Cluckaphony (2013)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Nobody packs an under two minute wallop quite like the late, great Imperial Rooster.

33. “Up”
The Renaldo The Ensemble
Why Are You (2009)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: The Renaldo The Ensemble can get you up in just a few seconds.

34. “Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)”
The Tubes
Infomercial – How To Become Tubular (1999)​
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: “Your life is smoke and the world is my ashtray.” Fee Waybill lets us know it’s okay to be uncomfortable in a rock club.

35. “Helter Skelter”
The Bobs
Best of The Bobs: 20 Songs From 20 Years (2003)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This cover version conveys the drama carried out in the lyric, while playing a game with the music that ignores rules, convention, and common sense. It’s perfect.

36. “Country Song 2″
Lizzie Huffman
Lizzie Huffman & Her Brother Band (2010)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Yes, we can tell she’s lying, but we won’t hold that against her. She’s sweet, and her nervousness makes her even more appealing.

37. “The Imposter”
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Get Happy (1980)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

38. “Another Green World”
Brian Eno
Another Green World (1975)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

39. “Alison’s Starting to Happen”
The Lemonheads
It’s a Shame About Ray (1992)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

40. “I’m in Love with a Girl”
Big Star
#1 Record/Radio City (1992)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This song epitomizes all that I love about pop music.

41. “I Missed the Point”
Neko Case
Blacklisted [Bonus Track] (2003)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I love Neko’s voice and also wanted a song that would reference my love of country influences.

42. “Broken Face”
Pixies
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was into a lot of 80s/90s alternative music and Pixies are a favorite.

43. “Somebody Kill Me”
Adam Sandler
The Wedding Singer [Original Soundtrack] (1998)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Bonus humor track. While listening to my 600+ tracks that are less than 2:00 minutes, this popped up. It still makes me laugh out loud.

44. “All”
Descendents
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

45. “No, All!”
Descendents
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

46. “Short Songs”
Dead Kennedys
Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

47. “You’re Hurting”
Cars Can Be Blue
Doubly Unbeatable (2008)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: So, what’s a FBFY Feb mixtape without a bitter anti-love song? AND under 2 minutes. 2 birds.

48. “Weirdo”
Masked Intruder
M.I. (2014)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I’ve really gotten into these guys over the past year. Check ‘em out, they have some awesome videos too. “I don’t wanna be alone tonight” is an adorable 8 bit favorite.

49. “Feeling Called Love”
Wire
Pink Flag (2006)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments I mean, it’s Wire…and a love song…and under 2 minutes. C’mon.