Rare: The Collected B-Sides

Sometimes I think I take the internet for granted. Most of my spending money on CDs happened at a time when streaming media wasn’t available and you learned about releases by looking at a wall at the local record shop.

Growing up, I was fascinated with the Guinness Book Of World Records. It was a perennial gift from one distant relative or another, and always appreciated. There were the records that never seemed to change…Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man… Ashrita Furman, the man who broke the most records…and Roy Sullivan, the man who was hit by lightning 7 times! There was also the records that would change with almost every printing of the book. Highest box office grosses, land speed records, and the fastest time to solve a Rubik’s Cube.

Can’t remember reading it in a book or saw it online during the infancy of the internet, but, I saw that Moby’s “Thousand” had the record for being the released song with the fastest tempo (BPM). Nowadays, I would be able to go to Moby’s website or another streaming site and listen to the song and be happy with it. But not back in 1993, no, I had to special order the CD at a cost of about $20, wait 2 weeks for it to arrive and be happy with it.

And be happy with it, I was, kinda.

I popped the CD into my CD player and was ready to have my mind and ears blown. Neither happened. I listened to it once. Then twice and maybe a third time. That was it.

Am I glad I bought it? Yes. Do I consciously put it in playlists or actively listen to it when it pops up randomly? No.

It’s a slow crescendo of bass beats that builds up to 1,015 BPM. I really enjoy Moby’s music and I can appreciate the artistry in a lot of it but for some reason “Thousand” seemed more of a manufactured computer edit in Pro Tools more than anything else.



 TrackLength
1.Voodoo Child [Poor In NY Mix]5:05
2.Next Is The E [Club Mix]5:57
3.Drug Fits The Face [Drug Free Mix]4:08
4.Have You Seen My Baby [Baby Mix]5:01
5.UHF 25:01
6.Time's Up [Dust Mix]3:19
7.Drop A Beat [Deep Mix]6:05
8.Mobility [Aqua Mix]4:39
9.I Feel It [Synthe Mix]7:01
10.Thousand4:25