"Small" songs that made a big impression

  • Ant has released a lot of songs that we'll probably never see as "Tracks of the Week." He's made a lot of solo albums, and a lot of those have large numbers of tracks on them, many of which are quite short.


    I just wanted to comment on a few of those "small" songs that are buried in the middle of long track listings, but which have really stood out for me.


    "Bubble and Squeak" (PP&P VII: Slow Waves, Soft Stars / Archive Collection II) - As I mentioned in another thread, this catchy 1-minute number was the only thing I really liked from PP&P VII when I listened to it for the first time. (For years afterwards, the availability of a basically identical version on ARCHIVE COLLECTION II was enough to convince me not to bother checking out PP&P VII again.)


    "Siesta" (Archive Collection II) - For me this has a quality that's hard to describe -- oddly familiar and a bit haunting. It doesn't really sound like an Ant piece to me, but it seems to remind me of some long-forgotten, non-rock piece I might have heard as a kid.


    "Tuscan Wedding" (PP&P XI: City of Dreams) - This is longer than the other ones but still just one of 31 short pieces on its disc. When I listened to the album for what must have been at least the 5th time, this one stopped me in my tracks and made my jaw drop. It doesn't make me a picture a wedding, and it's hard to say what it does make me picture; but I found it stunningly haunting and timeless.


    Does anyone else have any "small" songs by Ant that have stood out for them?

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  • I am not an expert when it comes to Ant's catalogue but I always thought "She'll be waiting" is a beautiful song. I re-discovered this after the Ant Band had also recorded it.


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  • Could list lots of lovely Ant stuff but for a little song I’ve always liked Wind Tales at the start of The Geese and the Ghost. About a minute long but there’s a lot going on and it draws your attention as it sounds so different. Good opener for the album

  • I love bonsai songs, unfortunately the only one I know from Ant is Ocho Pomelos Con Pimienta...Prestame Un Mango, Pibe! from The Meadows of Englewood. :S

  • for a little song I’ve always liked Wind Tales at the start of The Geese and the Ghost.

    You realize that "Wind Tales" is actually a snippet of "Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West" played backwards, right?

    I love bonsai songs, unfortunately the only one I know from Ant is Ocho Pomelos Con Pimienta...Prestame Un Mango, Pibe! from The Meadows of Englewood. :S

    I'd call that more of a fictitious song!

    “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’” -- Yogi Berra

  • Sometimes the smallest - or shortest - songs/pieces have the longest names: e. g. 'The burnt-out cattle truck hits the road' or 'Will the last man off te ice-rink (turn off the lights, please)' or even 'Ocho pomelos con pimienta - prestame un mango, pibe!' If I remember those titles correctly ...

  • I guess I'll add "Walpurgis Night" from the "Scottish Suite II" on ARCHIVE COLLECTION VOLUME II -- Ant's brief foray into musique concrète!

    “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’” -- Yogi Berra