Listen to SHE'S GONE by Hall & Oates.
We're fair and balanced here, so today we present you a counterexample to the thesis that all pop songs should be under three-and-a-half minutes. Most of you know She's Gone by Hall & Oates. Let me clarify: most of you know the 3:28 version of She's Gone, and frankly, it's awful. Not because the song is bad--the song is brilliant--but whoever edited down the 5:17 LP version (posted here today) down to the 3:28 radio edit should have their monkey license revoked. (But whoever directed this video should be given it back.)
I won't bother posting the radio edit here, but it's a real Frankenstein's monster. There's a brutal edit at the fifty second mark, the sax solo is strangled, the tempo changes abruptly because it doesn't have a chance to breathe.
The LP version, by contrast, eases you into it, and has a much more honest, organic feel to it.
Photo: Merritt Parkway (4).