Because Fucked Up releases Year of the Ox on Merge Records today, we figured it would be a super time to highlight some really epic songs.
Year of the Ox is the fourth record in Fucked Up's cycle of songs based on Chinese 12-year cycle. All of the songs thus far have been lengthy, amazing, mind-expanding tracks. Let's draw attention to some other pieces of music that will blow your mind with their length and breadth.
A logical first place to head from Fucked Up's massive punk jam would be another massive punk jam: NOFX's "The Decline." A topic-spanning, genre-hopping piece of music that shows the band can be more than just dick and fart jokes or the bumper sticker politicizing of "Idiot Son of An Asshole," this is the best piece of music the band's ever done.
Lawrence's college station, KJHK (90.7 FM), is noteworthy for playing Television's "Marquee Moon" about once a week. The titular album might have catchier, shorter, songs (album opener "See No Evil," for one), but this is a complex piece that fascinates for the duration of its gigantic 11-minute sprawl.
The crazy-ass psychedelic guitar wailing in "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic makes this a rock track that could blend into Pink Floyd's work on Dark Side of the Moon flawlessly.
Somehow, I really don't give a good goddamn that Zapp & Roger's "More Bounce to the Ounce" is pretty much the same funk beat and guitar lick for almost ten minutes. The vocoder vocals repeat "more bounce to the ounce" something like 50 million times, but by the end of the song, you've successfully shaken your ass clean off.
The bass work in Yes' "Heart of the Sunrise" is so very propulsive that this song always seems to be shorter than it is. Granted, most of the longer Yes songs are divided up into movements, and most bands these days would simply make the intro a separate track (unless we're talking about the Decemberists -- go modern prog!).
Note: We were limited by what we could find to embed. Stuff we wanted to put on the list, but couldn't find embeddable versions of, include Jeff Buckley's "Kanga-Roo," the Spaceman 3 cover of the 13th Floor Elevator's "Rollercoaster," the live version of the Who's "My Generation" on Live at Leeds, and pretty much any jazz number, including but not limited to Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain" and Duke Ellington's "Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue" from Ellington at Newport.