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Whenever I hear Queen's "We Will Rock You" on the radio, it is followed after a brief pause by "We are the Champions." I've rarely, if ever, heard the songs played separately on air - but they are two distinct songs.

Does anyone know why these songs are always played in tandem?

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Because on the album "News of the World" they are the first and second tracks and they segue seamlessly into one another. It's really just out of respect for the music. To play one without the other would be sort of...choppy.

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Wasn't We will Rock You/ We are the Champions a Double A-side? Think it was in the UK, anyway.

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quote:
Originally posted by Faith:
Wasn't We will Rock You/ We are the Champions a Double A-side? Think it was in the UK, anyway.

Yes, as well were Bicycle Race/Fat Bottom Girls.

There are examples of other 'doubled-up' songs played together due to seemless transitions. Famously is Led Zepplin's Heartbreaker/Livin' Lovin'Maid (which was actually broken up on the first remastered CD box set that I bought of Zep's). I also think of AC/DC's Bigg Balls/Rocker

It's common to hear DJ's refer to these as 'Bathroom Songs'...the length of play gives ya' a chance to recycle some coffee.

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Add Journey's "Feeling that Way" and "Anytime."

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And yet INXS's "Need You Tonight" is so often played without "Mediate"
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Don't forget about Boston's Foreplay/Longtime
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The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper (reprise)" is always played just before "A Day in the Life"

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About 3 or 4 years ago, when the Maple Leafs were in the playoffs, one of the local DJ's played We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions on a continuous loop for 3 hours straight. If I'm not mistaken he was soon off the air.
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I've never heard "A day in the life" without it blending into "Get Back" until a new station started in Atlanta. The first time my daughter heard "A day in the life" without "Get Back" she asked my why they cut the song off! [lol] BTW, those songs are from The Beatles/The BeeGees Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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I've never heard "A day in the life" without it blending into "Get Back" until a new station started in Atlanta. The first time my daughter heard "A day in the life" without "Get Back" she asked my why they cut the song off! [lol] BTW, those songs are from The Beatles/The BeeGees Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Actually, elfbunny, Get Back and A Day in the Life are never played together. You're thinking of Sgt. Pepper's LHCB (Reprise) and A Day in the Life. Those two are always played together, as are Sgt. Pepper's LHCB and With a Little Help From My Friends.

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album has nothing to do with the Bee Gees. That was a separate project based on a really cheesy film adaptation of The Beatles original album. And Get Back is on neither album.

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The Beatles have the Abbey Road Medley; it's sometimes broken up, but you usually get Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window and Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight/The End

Elton John has Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

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There are two songs by Chicago that are together on the album (can't think of the names) but most of the time, the radio stations around here stop the first song as it is fading in to the second song.

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quote:
Originally posted by robbiev427:
There are two songs by Chicago that are together on the album (can't think of the names) but most of the time, the radio stations around here stop the first song as it is fading in to the second song.

Would that be "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" from Chicago 16?
"Love Me Tomorrow" from the same record also has an extended instrumental coda that often gets truncated on the radio, but it doesn't have its own title.

ETA: because "doen't" isn't a real word, at least not around here.

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quote:
Originally posted by kirk1168:
Would that be "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" from Chicago 16?

That's it! Thanks.

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Soft Cell's "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go comes to mind. I have heard Tainted Love played with WDOLG edited out but never visa versa. Then again I rarely heard the extended version played either. It runs over 8 minutes and has a long synthezied interlude that sounds like an Atari game.

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On teh same Sgt. Peppers album, we also have the First Track (Sgt. Pppers intro), which is allways followed by "With a little help from my friends"

The songs are written to blend together like that.

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I've never heard them played on the radio together.

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Could be worse. Sisters of Mercy has a eff up on Vision Thing, where the last line of Ribbons get on the wrong side of the track break and end up as the first line of Detonation Boulevard. Very irritating if you set playback to random.

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On the odd occasion I've heard Pink Floyd songs played on the radio I've always thought it sounded very wrong for this reason.

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quote:
Originally posted by kirk1168:
Would that be "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" from Chicago 16?

Those are actually one track on the CD. Drives me nuts because I really don't like Get Away.

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quote:
Originally posted by Random Dan:
On the odd occasion I've heard Pink Floyd songs played on the radio I've always thought it sounded very wrong for this reason.

I fully agree! It comes off sounding like a bad "recorded off a record onto an audio tape" thing.

I have to add that the local classic rock station plays the Van Halen guitar solo "Eruption" almost every night, which totally rocks! What's even better is when they follow it up with the next track ("The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1") which is "Ain`t Talkin` `Bout Love". Long live KISS FM! [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by TwoGuyswithaHat:
The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper (reprise)" is always played just before "A Day in the Life"

I have NEVER heard the reprise played on the radio, just "A Day In The Life"

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Before CDs made it possible to separate songs, you never heard the Cars' "Moving in Stereo" without "All Mixed Up" immediately following.

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quote:
Originally posted by mgbdriver:
Before CDs made it possible to separate songs, you never heard the Cars' "Moving in Stereo" without "All Mixed Up" immediately following.

I beg to differ. Queen II had three songs which merge "seamlessly" into each other (Ogre Battle, Fairy Feller's Master Stroke, and Nevrmore). On vinyl, the grooves appeared to be "spaced" with the gap. There was still something recorded on the gap portion, but you could find the right part of the gap to listen to the songs individually.

I don't believe any of these songs were released for radio play as "singles", so the old-fashioned "carts" would not have been created for each song on its own.

Most CD players now have a slight hiccup when they change tracks - be it in a car, a computer-based media player, or a stand-alone CD player. It is annyoing to listen to an album like this on CD, because they tracks are supposed to merge together, but they do not.

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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
I have NEVER heard the reprise played on the radio, just "A Day In The Life"

I wonder if it's a regional thing as the local Classic Rock station always, always has those two tracks together.

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quote:
Originally posted by Faith:
Wasn't We will Rock You/ We are the Champions a Double A-side? Think it was in the UK, anyway.

In the US, it was what they call a two-sided hit, which I'm guessing is the same thing as you're referring to here. Both the A-side and the B-side were listed on the charts, in the same chart position. That's how it's been done since 1969. (The Beatles' "Come Together" and "Something" was the first such hit - they entered the charts separately and neither one quite made it to #1, but then the policy change combined them into a single chart entry, which did top the chart for a week.)

Now, I think on the original 45 from 1977 or 78, "We Are The Champions" and "We Will Rock You" were on opposite sides of the record rather than combined on one side. "Champions" was the official A-side, but you used to hear them both on the radio all the time. Years later, I think in the mid-90s, the single was re-released with the two linked directly together on a single track. I think it used to be perfectly normal over here to hear one song without the other before that version came out, but I couldn't tell you for sure.

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quote:
Originally posted by RealityChuck, the punisher:

Elton John has Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

I'm not sure that one counts, since they're a single track on the CD.

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quote:
Originally posted by RelicMan:
...the local classic rock station plays the Van Halen guitar solo "Eruption" almost every night, which totally rocks! What's even better is when they follow it up with the next track ("The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1") which is "Ain`t Talkin` `Bout Love".

Really? Every time I hear "Eruption," it's followed by "You Really Got Me" -- Tracks 2 & 3 from 1978's Van Halen.

The similar pairing of "Intruder / Oh, Pretty Woman" from 1982's Diver Down is hardly ever played, in comparison.

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I suppose it all comes down to a matter of the DJ's tastes. The funny thing is that the same DJ loves to play original cuts versus newer recordings of classic songs. I'd think your version would be more likely, but . . . *shrug*

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Another pair I always hear together are ZZ Top's "Waitin' For The Bus" with "Jesus Just Left Chicago". In fact, it would sound strange without the second song.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ramblin' Dave, ramblin' again:
quote:
Originally posted by Faith:
Wasn't We will Rock You/ We are the Champions a Double A-side? Think it was in the UK, anyway.

In the US, it was what they call a two-sided hit, which I'm guessing is the same thing as you're referring to here. Both the A-side and the B-side were listed on the charts, in the same chart position. That's how it's been done since 1969. (The Beatles' "Come Together" and "Something" was the first such hit - they entered the charts separately and neither one quite made it to #1, but then the policy change combined them into a single chart entry, which did top the chart for a week.)

Actually, wasn't Penny Lane/ Strawberry Fields Forever a double A?

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Radio stations over here used to play Band On The Run and Live & Let Die together.
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quote:
Originally posted by Paulie Jay:
Actually, wasn't Penny Lane/ Strawberry Fields Forever a double A?

No, that was back when the two sides of a single could be listed separately on the charts. "Penny Lane" went to #1 while "Strawberry Fields Forever" peaked at (I think) #14.

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The radio stations in my area usually play Robert Palmer's "Sailing Shoes," "Hey Julia" and "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley" back-to-back, since they segue into each other like one long song on the Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley album.
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