Ã¢â‚¬Å“Secret OktoberÃ¢â‚¬Â, the flip side of DuranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Union of the SnakeÃ¢â‚¬Â is truly a buried gem, a song that would have considerably brightened the overblown and overly bloated Ã¢â‚¬Å“Seven and the Ragged TigerÃ¢â‚¬Â (perhaps replacing the unnecessary instrumental Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tiger, TigerÃ¢â‚¬Â?). Ã¢â‚¬Å“Secret OktoberÃ¢â‚¬Â is basically Simon and Nick, vocals and synths, very much in the vein of Ã¢â‚¬Å“The ChaufferÃ¢â‚¬Â off Ã¢â‚¬Å“RioÃ¢â‚¬Â, a nice melody over a comparatively understated synth riff. It continues to be a big fan favorite to this day Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I even saw them do it live in 1994 during the Cucurillo years, so it must be close to the boys. Luckily for Durannies, each and every b-side and remix is available on two different box sets. The first one (Ã¢â‚¬â„¢81-Ã¢â‚¬â„¢85) is essential, the second, not so much.
And by request, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a pretty rare Kissing the Pink b-side Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Garden PartyÃ¢â‚¬Â is not the Ricky Nelson hit, but rather an extension of its a-side, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maybe This DayÃ¢â‚¬Â (which we’ve talked about here). IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to think it was meant to describe the party sung about in Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maybe This DayÃ¢â‚¬Â (over the garden wall she said / letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s go to the party). Perhaps, or maybe it has nothing to do with it. In any case, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an arty, moody little number, worth a couple of listens, but hardly their best.