Volume 94, Issue 35

Wednesday, November 1, 2000


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With more Web search findings than the word "sex", the MP3 has become one of the most popular commodities on the Internet.

For those of you who don't already know, an MP3 is a compressed music file that can be played from any desktop computer using a Winamp program. Any song you can think of can be found using programs such as Scour Exchange and the infamous Napster.

Still, finding any one of the billion Britney Spears tracks available seems hardly worth a true MP3 connoisseur's time. It is rare and difficult to find material that makes the search worthwhile. Here then, are five ultra rare MP3s which are well worth the search.

These songs are not common and many do not even exist on any known CD! Simply search by name or title and if you're lucky enough, you'll find one of these tasty little treats out there in Netland. But remember, if you like what you hear, be sure to support the artist whose song you're "borrowing."

"True Love Waits" by Radiohead

Currently unreleased as a studio track, this little ditty shows up in the Radiohead home movie documentary Meeting People is Easy (available on video) and can be found as a live bootlegged MP3. It's by far one of the band's best kept secrets and is destined to eventually become a single.

"Tank!" from the anime film, Cowboy Bebop

Japanese animation has had something of an underground following for years. Hip hop in suede, this instrumental piece is from the popular anime, Cowboy Bebop, capturing all the shenanigans and bubble gum pop humour from the show with a jazz twist. It will definitely get your martini shaking.

"BGM Track 14 Stage 8 Cellar" from the game, Castelvania IV

Taken from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game, Castlevania IV, this instrumental track proves that many of the most talented musicians around are working far away from the mainstream commercial market. It is a brooding and haunting melody.

"Superhero" from The Search for Lupin III

"Superhero" is 1970s funk with a Japanese flavour. This quirky disco song is taken from the successful anime series Lupin the Third and features a groove so confident in itself, it can't help but be ultra chique and ultra cool!

"Lady With The Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)" by U2

Not only is the extended mix of U2's "Lady With The Spinning Head" a full three minutes longer than the original B-side, it is also a vastly superior version. It was voted by U2 fans as the band's second best B-side ever, on the fan-run Website www.U2one.com

– Christopher Hodge

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