Time To Play B-sides- to borrow the great line from Blue Oyster Cult. Starting this off with one of my favorites- ‘You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” by Marshall Crenshaw. “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” was the b-side to Crenshaw’s only Hot 100 hit- “Someday, Someway” #36 in 1982 from his debut album. “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” at the time was only a b-side it didn’t make the original album. I love Crenshaw’s debut and at the time was reading in some rock mag about the b-side and how great it was. I can’t recall the magazine the comment was in- Cream maybe? So I went out and bought the 45 so I could hear this song. I wasn’t disappointed- it was worth the effort. It wouldn’t be until years later that “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” would be included in both the CD version of Marshall Crenshaw, The 9 Volt Years-battery powered home demos and curios 1979-198? and also on his This Is Easy: The Best Of Marshall Crenshaw. The 9 Volt Years has the demo version of the song- both versions are fantastic.
Crenshaw would later say he remembers writing it-“That’s one that I actually remember writing. I was still in Beatlemania at the time. The show was at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, and we were going to be there for two weeks. I got there a day early and was hanging out, watching the guys build sets. I went down to the room where all the guitars were, and I grabbed one of those Gibson J-160s. The Beatles, in the early days, used J-160 acoustics with P-90 pickups, so we had a couple of those in the show. I was noodling around, and I made that song up in my head as I was wandering around the theater. I got the title, and I was thinking a song that The Hollies might do, with a big anthemic chorus and harmonies and stuff.” Wow I went to see Beatlemania then- so I was at least close by when he wrote one of my favorite songs. “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” has been covered by a number of artists over the years- a Scottish singer Owen Paul had a #3 hit in the UK with his version of the song in 1986. Bette Midler, Freedy Johnston and Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs and Ronnie Spector have also covered this b-side.
below are both versions of Marshall Crenshaw’s “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time.”