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This may have been discussed before - but has anyone ever asked the band about the designation of the 2 sides of the original vinyl as Outside (Side A) and Inside (Side B).

Were they just trying to be deliberately arty and mysterious or was some reasoning behind the titles?

Also who came up with this idea - the band or Peter Saville ? (My money is on Ian)

I haven't thought about this for a long time but there is a discussion on the excellent Steve Hoffman Audio Forum about the fact that George Peckham (Porky) got the A and B side mixed up on his inscribed message in the run off grooves of the 1st Press Vinyl. Scratched "A" onto the "B Side (Inside) and "B" onto the A Side (Outside). Dare say the Bands inscrutable Outside / Inside malarkey didn't help Porky in this !
 
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Often pondered that one mesen. A great concept but nothing new, that's for sure. The Rolling Stones' 1967 effort 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' (which I've just been discussing with dmxi) rather 'hilariously' listed sides 1 & 2 on the sleeve as 'Frontside' and 'Backside'; in 1972 redneck legends The Statler Brothers chose to credit each side of 'Country Music' to 'Then' and 'Now'; Yorkshire folk bores Job Senior had their 1974 private pressing embossed with the legends 'Upside' and 'Downside', and as late as 1997 A.M.P. Studio's brilliant 'Slip'/'Tiller' 45 was smudgily hand-stamped 'This' and 'That'. Bet there's loads more, too.
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Most likely something the band/Ian came up with, but it may also have been Peter Saville, if so I'm assuming it was approved by them.

The "A Factory Sample" FAC 2 double 7" EP had "Aside", "Beside", Seaside" & "Decide" rather than the standard 1/2/3/4 or A/B/C/D.  



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Erik - yeah I forgot about those Side names being used on the Factory Sample.

To me this makes it even more likely that Saville came up with the Outside / Inside idea. Can't imagine JD having much input on the design of A Factory Sample.


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