The new Contrast podcast, featuring an international group of mp3 bloggers, including yours truly, is up and available to download here.
Tim of The Face of Today is the mastermind behind the project--well done, Tim! The theme was "perfect three minutes" and while I think my choice is a fantastic track, I considered a couple other contenders (all older songs, oddly enough):
(I Want To Be An) Anglepoise Lamp - The Soft Boys
An energetic classic from one of the most inventive and good-humored bands in rock history. For me, the apex of that late 70s transitional period from punk to new wave. From 1976-1981 (US, UK).
Seed Toss - Superchunk
Given my religious devotion to Superchunk in the early to mid 90s, it's funny how I never listen to most of the albums anymore. The exception is the early stuff--the manic pop-punk of the Chunk's self-titled album (US, UK) and the singles collected on Tossing Seeds (US, UK) hold up brilliantly.
Fly - Nick Drake
Sometimes I fear "Fly's" melancholy strings verge on the histrionic, but as with most of his songs, Drake uncannily draws you into his world with that feverish, whispery voice. As exquisite as that world is, it's too sad to bear for long. I find Drake's best in small doses. From Bryter Layter (US, UK).
Other perfect three minute songs:
"Sloop John B," The Beach Boys
"Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," Johnny Cash
"U-Mass," The Pixies
"Sabotage," The Beastie Boys
"Accidents Will Happen," Elvis Costello
"Silence Kit," Pavement
Any three-minute masterpieces you want to add?