Monday, 18 July 2011

Readers recommend: songs with false endings

Just when you think it's all over ... along comes an extra bit to finish off the track. Know any songs with surprise endings?

There are many ways to end a song.

There's the crafted ending, bringing a satisfying resolution.

Then there's the fade. Not everyone's a fan of fade-outs, but a repeated coda can be the catchiest part of the record, and make you want to play it again.

There's the climactic, anarchic noise often favoured by indie bands (when they can't think of another way to end a song). A cliche, but it can be done well.

And there's the false ending. You think it's all over ? but no! There's another bit! This practice can be infuriating, but can ultimately make a record more endearing. When you've heard it a few times, you're in on the joke.

Not that it has to be a joke.

So which are the best ones? Post your suggestions below and I'll gather them in a blog next Thursday.

The toolbox

? Listen to others' suggestions and add yours to a collaborative Spotify playlist.

? Previously on Readers Recommend.

? Guide to "donds", "zedded", and other strange words used by some of the RR regulars (courtesy of the Marconium).

? The Marconium (blog containing a wealth of data on RR, including the songs that are "zedded").

? The 'Spill (blog for the RR community).

Please do:

? Post your nominations before midday on Tuesday if you wish them to be considered.

? Write a few lines advocating the merits of your choices.

But please don't:

? Post more than one third of the lyrics of any song.

? Dump lists of nominations. If you must post more than two or three at once, please attempt to justify your choices.

I thought I'd just write an extra bit here. A false ending! © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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