It’s not uncommon for bands to include fun things like hidden tracks in CDs. Problem is, they’re not so hidden anymore thanks to computer-based players like iTunes. However, that is not to say easter eggs like hidden tracks are unable to be concealed. In this article I’d like to clue you in to some fun hidden gems that a few of my favorite artists have kept under the radar. Using technology both old and new, these five bands reward their fans for buying a physical copy of their CD.
The Dillinger Escape Plan: Irony Is A Dead Scene
Mike Patton is an interesting character. He loves to do outrageous things with his voice, using a variety of methods to do them. Ever wonder what it’s like to observe him doing this in the studio? You’re in luck if you own a copy of this album. They don’t mention it within the CD but it’s actually an enhanced CD. Stick it in your CD-Rom and you’ll see studio footage of Patton using microphones and all sorts of accessories to make the vocals that made this album shine.
Mr. Bungle: Disco Volante
Feeling high and mighty for purchasing a vinyl copy of an album from a band with a silly name? Well get ready to feel even higher and thrice as mighty. Those who purchased the vinyl version of this album need only to drop the needle at just the right spot. It is located after the groove for the third song “Carry Stress In The Jaw.” It is sung by the bass player, Trevor Dunn. Enjoy.
Beck: Midnight Vultures
Another common way of hiding tracks, even from iTunes, is to stick them before the first track. Beck changed it up a bit here and hid a song… between two songs. It’s right in-between the third and fourth songs on the album. Once the third is finished, hit rewind on your stereo and you’ll hear the sultry sounds of what’s often described as two robots “doing the nasty.”
The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips have a style all their own, to say the least. Remember when they emerged from a giant glowing womb on stage? It prompted a good friend of mine to exclaim that mushrooms were a hell of a drug. Anyway. You wouldn’t be wrong for thinking that there might be something hidden within this album. And if you did, congratulations – you were correct. Open the case of the CD and take a look at the side of the case right to where the CD is held. There is a hidden message. The message says: “You have found the secret message. Do you have too much time on your hands? …let it go.”
I can’t say that I’m the biggest Muse fan; however, I absolutely love Tom Waits. That, my friends, is why I will be picking up this album. Place the CD in your stereo and you should hear someone finish saying something just before the first track starts. Rewind the CD a couple of minutes and you’ll hear that the person speaking is none other than Tom Waits. He is on stage reading a poem shortly before Muse took the stage to record this album.
I couldn’t get a decent enough recording of this one online. You’ll just have to find it yourself. That’s half the fun, anyway.