Blast from the past

Prepare to feel old. A couple of years ago, Irish pop sensation U2 released a greatest hits compilation entitled "The Best Of 1980-1990 & B-Sides" (this was the title of the limited edition two-disc set, we are reliably in-formed). Recent discussions on a Web-based U2 discussion group included a question from a young fan (obviously born after the advent of CDs in 1983) who asked, "What's a B-side?" It must be unbelievable to some of these young whipper-snappers that, back in the mists of time, people listened to music imprinted on two-sided vinyl discs. Nowadays, the only vinyl you see in dance clubs is people's pants.

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