DEEP CUTS: POPULAR ARTISTS' SONGS YOU HAVEN'T HEARD
Let's get this out of the way first: what do you mean by a deep cut? A deep cut usually refers to non-radio singles by an artist (which tend to be often underplayed), and older songs. Usually fans who are really into the artist will know the tracks but not most casual listeners.
While the basic meaning comes off as pretentious and somewhat elitist, deep cuts are truly often overlooked and finding that rare gem in an artist's catalogue feels extremely rewarding. But hey, let's take a look at a few deep cuts from a few popular artists just to show you.
WHAT YOU KNOW THEM FOR: Numb, In the End, What I've Done
DEEP CUTS AND THOUGHTS: My December is one of those early Linkin Park tracks that reminded us all why we fell in love with them in the first place. Originating as a bonus track on their debut album Hybrid Theory, this song is a haunting piano track that really encapsulates the feeling of loneliness during the holiday season.
The Messenger is another good one, just 3 minutes of pure raw emotion from Chester Bennington's voice that strikes a great balance between the older and newer Linkin Park songs.
WHAT YOU KNOW THEM FOR: Fluorescent Adolescent, Arabella, Knee Socks
DEEP CUTS AND THOUGHTS: While everyone might be familiar with all of AM and how overplayed every song on it was, let's take a flashback to two songs. The first is The Afternoon's Hat, from the My Propeller EP. Melancholic, yet pretty energetic thanks to a great bassline and a catchy drumbeat; it's an easy gem to miss from their Humbug era.
The other song, Perhaps Vampires is a Bit Strong But... from their debut album, is scratchy and lively and has a great distorted guitar tone going on throughout that eventually ends in a great guitar outro.
WHAT YOU KNOW THEM FOR: Say It Ain't So, Beverly Hills, El Scorcho
DEEP CUTS AND THOUGHTS: Butterfly was the perfect closer to Pinkerton (itself inspired by the opera Madama Butterfly). Entirely acoustic, it is pure and emotional as it talks about the main story behind the album. Endless Bummer, the closer to the more recent White Album, is another gem that keeps to the theme of summer in the album, and ends the album with a great guitar solo outro that screams beach rock.
WHAT YOU KNOW THEM FOR: Yellow, The Scientist, Clocks
DEEP CUTS AND THOUGHTS: See You Soon finds it way here from The Blue Room EP, and it's a great throwback to what made Coldplay great with Parachutes. A simple acoustic track about friendship and love, it's hard not to sing along to the chorus. Glass of Water (particularly the live version from LeftRightLeftRightLeft) is another great song, an upbeat song that's really a lot more miserable than it sounds, the catchy chorus and up tempo guitar is definitely misleading to the lyrics underneath.
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