Wednesday, 30 March 2005

Rule of the day 1 Update

by Ted Hoffman

The first rule of the day had been thoroughly discredited, both in the comments, and over at Pseudo Magazine. What was Brett Anderson thinking? It would seem he either has very idiosyncratic taste in album tracks, or never bothered to test his theory before trying to popularise it. A better explanation is suggested in a comment in the PM post.

It doesn't work on any album post-Brothers In Arms. The theory is based upon the premise that most albums have 13 or 14 tracks, which meant that Track 7 was - more often than not - the first track on the second side.

And this was where - traditionally - the first single would go.

Once artists began thinking in terms of CDs, which was arguably the result of Dire Straits forcing everyone to buy a CD Player to listen to Brothers In Arms, then there's no "2nd Side Opener" to think about. And so the mystique of Track 7 - like so many things - is lost to the advance of technology.

There are arguments that double-albums and/or Prog killed Track 7. I can see merit in those points, but still lay the blame - like for so many things - firmly at the feet of Mark Knopfler.
If Brett's record collection is primarily pre 1985, which is quite plausible, there is both a explanation for his observation, and an answer to why I, with a slightly more modern taste in music, found no such correlation. So Rule of the day 1 is reinstated.

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