Janet Jackson's secret song is a tradition -- Everyone from The Beatles to Aerosmith have slipped extra unlisted tracks onto their albums

By Dave DiMartino
Updated May 21, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Never one to pass up a trend, Janet Jackson has jumped on the hippest in town: adding unlisted ”bonus” tracks at the end of albums. In Jackson’s case, the song comes 30 seconds after janet. ends. It’s called ”Whoops,” and, says Virgin Records, it was inserted without credit, presumably, ”because it didn’t really fit it’s a little bouncier than the other stuff — but Janet liked it.”

She’s in good company; a brief historical list of ”phantom” tracks includes: The Beatles ”Her Majesty,” Abbey Road‘s brief closer, was not listed on most original LP pressings. The Clash ”Train in Vain (Stand by Me),” their first hit on London Calling, and ”Street Parade” on Sandinista! Nirvana ”Endless Nameless,” the last track on some CD pressings of Nevermind, plays 10 minutes after the last track. Aerosmith The instrumental version of ”Subway” was the last track on disc 3 of Pandora’s Box. Crowded House ”I’m Still Here,” at the end of Woodface. Alice in Chains Track No. 9 of Dirt was 44 seconds of uncredited guest Tom Araya of Slayer intoning Black Sabbath’s ”I Am Iron Man.” Columbia has since ”fixed” it; now called track No. 10, it still has no title. Mercury Rev The band’s reissued debut, Yerself Is Steam, has 99 tracks. But there are only nine songs on it, just eight of them credited. You figure it out.

The phenom won’t be ending anytime soon, predicts Pete Howard of the CD newsletter ICE; seems artists and record execs get a real charge out of stumping the consumer. ”Fun is the key word,” he says. ”There are plenty of Nirvana fans who still don’t know about that song.”