Songs that should have been singles (and/or singles that should have had videos)

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  1. SlowCrates

    SlowCrates Well-Known Member

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    Music:
    Visit, Feels so Good

    These songs should have been pushed hard by the band, with music videos and everything. Visit has that big, soaring, adventurous vibe that they have rarely been able to match through out their career. Feels so Good is just fucking fun and full of energy and could have given the band a lot of exposure with a music video.

    Grassroots:
    Grassroots

    Grassroots is the band in full swagger mode. That little drumming intro by Chad is a massive dick swing and then the heavy groove the song settles into is unlike anything on the radio at the time. They could have had an interesting music video to go along with it.

    Blue:
    Nailed it


    Transistor:
    Almost nailed it. Borders!

    Borders sounds like it could have been on the Blue album. It's punchy rap/rock, even though it's darker. That's what their audience was expecting as a follow up to the Blue album. I think they chose great singles for Transistor, but I also think it would have been wise to make Borders a single as well.

    Soundsystem:
    Nailed it


    From Chaos:
    Almost nailed it. Sick Tight!

    It's relentless, and it kills live. Imagine the video they could have made. This song could have reminded the world of the type of energy they bring.

    Evolver:
    Add Reconsider Everything, drop Beyond the Grey Sky

    Beyond the Grey Sky is a deep cut. But Reconsider Everything is really fun to sing along to, and the swirling guitar is badass.

    DTOM:
    Nailed it? ...I guess.


    Uplifter:
    Never Ending Summer

    That's the only song that could have been effective.

    Universal Pulse:
    Sunset in July and Wild Nights.

    But SA's stop-action video for Wild Nights is nauseating. They could have hired a professional crew, I guess. But nothing could save them at this point because the production was so weak.

    Stereolithic:
    Ebb and Flow, Make it Rough, Simple True, First Dimension

    They had plenty to choose from, I'm fucking bewildered by their lack of shit giving.

    Mosaic:
    Too Late, Hey Yo, Perfect Mistake, Wildfire, Days of 88

    Again, lots to choose from. Could have done something here.

    Voyager:
    Rolling Through, Born to Live

    That's about it, I guess.
     
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  2. FLOWING MINDSPIN

    FLOWING MINDSPIN Well-Known Member

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    Champagne was supposed to be a single but they went with Amber instead. I got this from the most reliable source.
     
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  3. SurferCaliSoca

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    I agree with this.

    Sick Tight, Hostile Apostle, Crack the Code (I was just talking about this song the other day on here), How Do You Feel?*, India Ink, Wild Nights, Sand Dollars, Too Late (official, not promo) Stainless and Rolling Through. Any or all of these I would of loved to hear as "official singles". I'm 100% ok with everything released from Music-Soundystem.
     
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  4. MargeInTheLargin

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    I don't really see a song like Grassroots being a hit single, not even back then. I'd say same goes for Reconsider Everything on Evolver. Both are fantastic songs and do have some memorable parts, but I think they have "too many " sections to be considered for any real radio play at this point. And same goes for pretty much everything you mentioned on Stereolithic and Mosaic. Though, Simple True does intrigue me and it would have been interesting if they pushed that one. I feel like that would have been a hit had it come out in the 90's.

    So...Nick? Either way, I'd say given the success of Amber, they made the right choice.
     
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    Raspler
     
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    Raspbergers.
     
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    Made in the Shade should have been a/the single. I know a lot of people who like that one, including some that aren't 311 fans, pretty much no one dislikes it. Good message and relatable and not too complicated, which the radio loves, and most importantly is great 311 (a favorite of mine from the album and the past decade). They really should have chose it.
     
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    Always thought about this. If I could pick 3 songs from each album it would be this:
    >Music-Freak Out, My Stoney Baby, Do you Right
    >Grassroots-Homebrew, Omaha Sylee, Grassroots
    >Blue-Down, All Mixed Up, Purpose
    >Transistor-Beautiful Disaster, Rub a Dub, Borders
    >Soundsystem-Come Original, Strong All Along, Liven and Rocken
    >From Chaos-Amber, Champaign, Sick Tight
    >Evolver-Creatures, Crack the Code, Don’t Dwell
    >Don’t Tread on Me-DTOM, Frolic Room, Solar Flare
    >Uplifter-Never Ending Summer, It’s All Right, India Ink
    >Universal Pulse-Sunset I’m July, Time Bomb, Wild Nights
    >Stereolithic-Make it Rough, Boom Shanka, Simple True
    >Mosaic-Island Sun, Inside our Home, Forever Now
    >Voyager-What the, Crossfire, Born to Live
    I guess some albums got a few things right
     
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    Tranquility from Stereo. If I had to name one.

    Always thought that one would've had a shot at being a hit. It's catchy, hits the heart strings hard and was very modern and radio friendly. I can see a lot of people liking it who have never heard of 311.
     
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    Champagne could have been effective too, and I'll always wonder if it would have had similar success as Amber.
     
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    I think Champagne wouldve done even better since it's just as catchy, yet way cooler and more variety
     
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    Amber was a hit because it was blandly catchy and kept SA to a minimum.
     
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    Lack of SA kills me. I need to start managing bands.
     
  16. MargeInTheLargin

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    ....maybe don't manage 311 so you don't influence them to be doing some of that USS bullshit :)
     
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    Getting Through to Her would have been a solid pop single.
     

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