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kingblake
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posted 10 January 2005 05:25 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The opening chords of an album often seperate a classic album from a good one. Classic albums often start off with unmistakable intro songs. But I thought we should have a thread dedicated to the opening few seconds to those classic songs that open classic albums.

"I don't wanna kiss you, I don't wanna touch...." No Action, by Elvis Costello, This Year's Model

Drumroll. Mother and Child Reunion, by Paul Simon, s/t.

Screaming. Screaming Target by Big Youth.

Bass Intro, "Back in the days, when i was a teenager..." Excursion, by Tribe Called Quest. Low End Theory.

Heavy bass... "Sisters... Niggas.... Whiteys... Jew... Crackers..." (Don't Worry) If There's Hell Below We're All Gonna Go, by Curtis Mayfield. Curtis.

Rooster (?) Squawk. Singapore, by Tom Waits. Rain Dogs.

Classy violins. Just a Little Lovin', by Dusty Springfield. Dusty in Memphis.

"Strange, this feelin' I'm feelin'". Shiloh, by Buju Banton. 'Til Shiloh.

Guitar Intro. Freddie's Dead, by Fishbone. Truth and Soul.


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chimo
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posted 10 January 2005 05:48 PM      Profile for chimo        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
how about the heartbeat on Pink Floyd's DSotM? it would be difficult to mistake that for any other song/album.
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posted 10 January 2005 05:58 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Overture, Tommy, The Who.

Drumbeat to Five Years, Ziggy Stardust, Bowie

Guitar figure to London Calling - London Calling, The Clash

Which brings up a tangential list: fave hidden tracks eg Train In Vain - The Clash and Superman - REM.


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posted 11 January 2005 01:08 AM      Profile for chimo        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
the scratching on the guitar string at the beginning of led zepplin IV. & then black dog starts
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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 11 January 2005 01:44 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The snare drum on U2's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" (off "War").

The brass on The Waterboys' "Bang The Drum" (off "This is the Sea")

The party sounds on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going' On" (off the album of the same name)

The guitar effect on Spirit of the West's "Save This House" (off the album...)

The harmonica on Blue Rodeo's "Five Days in May" (off "Five Days in July")

The crickets on Michelle Shocked's "Texas Campfire Tapes".

The angry guitar on Joe Jackson's "One More Time" (off "Look Sharp!")

The acapella "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega (off "Solitude Standing")

The piano on Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty" (off... nevermind)

The psycedellic drum effect on Tears for Fears' "Sowing the Seeds of Love"

The "mmmm... gimme" on Jane Siberry's "Temple" (off "When I Was a Boy")

The way that Daniel Lanois' "The Maker" just sneaks up on you (off "Acadie")

The guitar on Mellencamp's "Rain On The Scarecrow" (off "Scarecrow")

The vocal "Every finger in the room is pointed at me..." on Tori Amos' "Crucify" (off "Little Earthquakes")

The counting ("1-2-3-2-2-3...") and bass chords on The Beatles' "Taxman" (off "Revolver")


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posted 11 January 2005 02:06 AM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
'Jesus died for somebodys sins, but not mine' from Patti Smith's 'Horses' is still the undisputed champ for me.

Good call on 'This Years Model,' Kingblake.

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'topherscompy
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posted 11 January 2005 03:08 AM      Profile for 'topherscompy        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"what we've got here is...
failure to communicate.
s-some men, you just can't reach
so you get what we had here last week;
which is the way he wants it. well, he gets it...
i don't like it anymore than you men..."

from civil war, _g'n'r_ "use your illusion ii", quote originally from the great movie _cool hand luke_


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 11 January 2005 09:50 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I behhhhh-ooooo-ehhh-ehhht
you fall in bed too-ooo easily
With the beautiful girls who are shyly brave
And you sell yourself as a man to save
But all the money in the world is not eeee-nuh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-ough.

- Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville


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skdadl
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posted 11 January 2005 10:43 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
WW, you still in the shower?

I can't remember where it comes on the album (and the albums varied), but the opening chord of "Hard Day's Night" was an instant announcement of general greatness. Once heard, never forgotten. Right up there with Beethoven and Holst, IMHO.


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posted 11 January 2005 10:52 AM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Not to mention the jet engine sound that opens the White Album.
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al-Qa'bong
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posted 11 January 2005 05:38 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I can't remember where it comes on the album (and the albums varied), but the opening chord of "Hard Day's Night" was an instant announcement of general greatness.

Sonmething similar is the first note on Artie Shaw's Begin the Begiune, which is the 'B' side of Indian Love Call, so I don't know if it counts.

Other beginnings of note are Custard Pie on "Physical Graffiti," Pretty Vacant on "Never Mind the Bollocks," and Gimme Shelter on "Let it Bleed."


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posted 12 January 2005 12:55 AM      Profile for Sal Paradise        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some of these are a bit obvious, but here a few that come to my mind....


The Beatles - Please Please Me: The album and their recording career began here and it sounded like a kickstart. "OneTwoThreeFOUR!..."

Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: The chugging chords of "Cinnamon Girl."

Violent Femmes: Acoustic guitar riff punctuated by drums (tat-tat! tat-tat!).

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited: That single drum beat before the rest of the band, and most memorably Al Kooper's organ, kick in.

Iggy Pop - Lust For Life: The title track begins this one as if you're sitting on a motorcycle one second, and then instantly find yourself cruising at 65mph in the next.

Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power: "Search and Destroy" finds you on that same motorcycle, this time fueled with nitroglycerin.

John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band: The ominous toll of church bells of "Mother" set the tone as Lennon lays his soul bare.

Nirvana - Nevermind: Opens with the chords of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (by way of "More Than a Feeling") and arguably there has been nothing in rock that has reached that high since.

White Stripes - De Stijl: The bass sound of "Seven Nation Army" off of Elephant has more punch, but the simple lo-fi jangly intro of "You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)" is where I first fell in love with the new Great White(Stripe) Hope.

For a bit more CanCon...

Tragically Hip - Road Apples: I'm kinda tired of the Hip by this point..but the intro to, and subsequent stomp of "Little Bones" was one of their high points.

Sloan - Twice Removed: The opening chords of "Penpals" is what Keith Richards would have sounded like if he was from Halifax and hung around NSCAD.

One last one...

Beatles - Abbey Road: The murky/swampy bassline and Lennon's whispered intro to "Come Together"..."shootme! shootme!"

It's kinda fun to play "music critic"...but looking at the choices that immediately sprang to my mind and I realize my musical lexicon is very "classic rock"......now I have the urge to add a "token-hip-obscure-band" to my list.

I'll resist that urge.


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candle
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posted 12 January 2005 11:37 PM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For Sloan I'm more partial to the guitar hum at the start of Underwhelmed off of Smeared

In addition:

Prince's mock sermon at the start of "Let's Go Crazy" on Purple Rain

Mike Watt's baseline at the start of "In the Engine Room" off his Contemplating the Engine Room

The rat a tat drumming followed by Kevin Shield's guitar riff that explode out of the speakers on "Only Shallow" off of Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

The maracas played by Cedric Bixler- Zavala at the start of "Arc Arsenal" that leads into the drums and guitars on At the Drive-In's Relationship of Command

Justine Frischman and Donna Matthews guitars alternating between the left and right channel at the start of Wire's "I am the Fly" - sorry Elastica's "Line Up" off of Elastica

The guitar part before Kim Gordon start singing "You're It' at the start of "Teenage Riot" off of Daydream Nation


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posted 13 January 2005 12:59 AM      Profile for speechpoet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Two from my Vault of Finest Fromage:

"Just on the border of your waking mind, there lies another place where darkness and light are one. And as you tread the halls of sanity, you are so grateful that you are unable to go beyond. I have a message from another time." -- ELO, "Time"

"No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes. And slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us." -- Jeff Wayne, "War of the Worlds"


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The opening to Link Wray's, (whistling, click) Swwwi-switchhhh bla-bla-blade ... one cool guitar solo, maaaaan- Bullshot album produced in Germany, I think.

Wray played rock n roll ten years before it was given a name. Aaaaaand he was part native American,too.

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posted 13 January 2005 01:10 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm probably going to get laughed at, but here goes!

(organ chord) "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here together to get through this thing called life. Electric word life, that means forever, and that's a mighty long time, but I'm here to tell you - there's something else: the afterworld. A world of never-ending happiness; you can always see the sun, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, you know the one: Dr. Everything'll-Be-All-Right...instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your MIND, babe. 'Cause in this life, things are much harder than in the afterworld. This life, you're on your own! And if the elevator tries to bring you down...you go CRAZY. PUNCH A HIGHER FLOOR!"


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Fidel
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posted 13 January 2005 01:21 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Confession time. I've alway despised Ann Murray. Can't stand her. But ...

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting for its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers that will bloom again in spring


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mayakovsky
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want to say something cool, like the opening to 'London Calling' but I am sure everyone remembers when they heard the doink doink of 'Tainted Love' . And the intro to 'A Sort of Homecoming' the song that turned me into a fan. But you know if Fidel is being so honest then I have to say the opening chords of 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'
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catje
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The first few bars of 'Ed's Wake' off Zubot and Dawson's Chicken Scratch (now co opted by Shelagh Rogers for Sounds Like Canada

the drums which open Paul Simon's Rythm of the Saints (that man knows his percussion)

and
Buck 65's

Leftfielder
livin in a suitcase
sensible shoes photo album and toothpaste . . .
(talking honky blues)
or maybe you had to be there


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The power chords at the start of Airbag on Radiohead's OK Computer. Much love.
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posted 25 January 2005 08:28 AM      Profile for RealityStick   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Let's toss in:

The opening harmonica riff from Supertramp's "School" (Crime of the Century); and

"The Day Begins" (from the Moody Blues Days of Future Passed):

'Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colours from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?
Pinprick holes in a colourless sky,
Let inspired figures of light pass by,
The mighty light of ten thousand suns,
Challenges infinity and is soon gone.
Night time, to some a brief interlude,
To others the fear of solitude.
Brave Helios wake up your steeds,
Bring the warmth the countryside needs.'

- RS


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I love the intro to Led Zep's _Whole Lotta Love_ but it's not the first song on the album, if I recall correctly. Man, does that song bring back the memories.

(edited to reflect my evolving good taste)

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posted 25 January 2005 07:20 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The opening acoustic guitar riff from Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" seems to tell you to sit down, get comfortable, and get ready for a story.
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posted 25 January 2005 07:23 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw Jethro Tull do "Thick As Brick" - the complete album - live at Ottawa's Civic Centre (crappy acoustics) but I forget which year. Awesome. (I think it was the same year I watched Alice Cooper do "Eighteen" and that whole album, the name of which escapes me).

Boom Boom, charming middle-aged cool dude


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Mine is the Queen is Dead lead track, same name by the Smiths. Starts off with Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty into Johnny Marr's kick ass guitar. Oh yes!!
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posted 26 January 2005 02:42 AM      Profile for mahsbah     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The opening seconds of Loveless blow my mind every time.
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posted 26 January 2005 03:08 AM      Profile for Rufus Polson     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"If I should fall from grace with God
Where no doctor can relieve me,
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
Where the angels won't receive me,
Let me go, boys . . ."
The Pogues, If I Should Fall from Grace with God

Dire Straits' Love Over Gold opens with this very quiet, slowly building soundscape that grips me--it sort of says "pay attention or you'll miss the perfection".

But actually, a lot of my favourite albums don't start off all that strong. Brothers in Arms leads off with a couple of its weakest songs. So does the Crash Test Dummies' "The Ghosts That Haunt Me". So does my Stan Rogers album.


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The Opening chords of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" off of Nevermind by Nirvana was the defining album opener of the 90's.

The intro to Revolver by the Beatles. The "One, Two, Three, Four", the cough, and then "One, Two, Three, Four" again. Recalls the beginning of Please Please Me while at the same time showing that this is a very different kind of album.

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posted 26 January 2005 08:56 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Would I be laughed at if I mentioned the opening strings and audience noise from Neil Diamond's Hot August Night concert album, performed live at the Greek Theatre?

Man, Prince, Neil Diamond - I'm doing so well in this thread!

I can redeem myself though - the opening guitars to the Theme from The Last Waltz?

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The random stream of guitar notes at the beginning of Vitalogy by Pearl Jam.

"Ah, it's time to relax..." the opener to Smash by Offspring

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posted 26 January 2005 10:38 PM      Profile for Tuppence     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Boom Boom:
I love the intro to Led Zep's _Whole Lotta Love_ but it's not the first song on the album, if I recall correctly. Man, does that song bring back the memories.

(edited to reflect my evolving good taste)

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Dude, I wasn't even born when that track came out, so I can't speak of memories it brings, but that is one killer opening. That first riff just goes through you, doesn't it? It makes me break out the air guitar.


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quote:
Originally posted by Tuppence:
Dude, I wasn't even born when that track came out, so I can't speak of memories it brings, but that is one killer opening. That first riff just goes through you, doesn't it? It makes me break out the air guitar.

The album (Led Zeppelin 2) with "Whole Lotta Love" was the only Zep LP I ever owned, and I got it as soon as it came out. Likewise with all the early Elvis, Stones, Beatles, Beach Boys, Who, etc...... I wish I could list all the concerts I ever attended. I guess the loudest was Black Sabbath around 1972. My ears were ringing for a day afterwards.

Boom Boom, retired middle age cool dude

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posted 26 January 2005 11:08 PM      Profile for Tuppence     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You saw Black Sabbath?!

I wish there was a "seething with jealousy" emoticon...


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posted 26 January 2005 11:21 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw Black Sabbath do their first album live in Ottawa. Man, were they loud; too loud, the volume distorted their music (maybe that was the point?). Also saw Jethro Tull do their "Thick As A Brick" album in its entirety, the Aynsley Dunbar Band, Canned Heat, Otis Spann Blues Band, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (blues/folk duo), Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Mississippi John Hurt, Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters Blues Band, James Cotton Band, Paul Butterfield, Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Tim Hardin (folkie), Stevie Winwood, Herbie Mann (jazz flute), Yes, Ten Years After, Roy Orbison, Dion, Jerry Jeff Walker, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, Johnny Winter, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, the original RARE EARTH, the original Beach Boys, Alice Cooper a number of times, Donovan, the Doors, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels/Detroit (my favourite band of all time), the rock opera Godspell, etc..., Canadian bands Chilliwack, McKenna Mendelsohn Mainline, and Ottawa "supergroup" (argh!) MRQ. I saw the John Mayall Bluesbreakers (without Eric Clapton), pretty awesome, also Long John Baldry - incredible concert, that. There's a couple of English blues bands I saw as well, crikey, can't remember their names. The best concerts ever were Savoy Brown doing "Hellbound Train" in its entirety in Ottawa, and a Little Richard concert at Wonderland in London, during his 1970 comeback tour. Fantastic. Shittiest bands I ever heard were Black Sabbath and the MC5. They had no talent whatever when they started in my opinion, although they got better. Saw lots of soul and blues concerts, a few rock and folk festivals. I travelled a lot between Toronto (The Rock Pile, Riverboat), Ottawa (Le Hibou, Civic Centre, NAC), and Montreal, and occasionally London (Wonderland) and Detroit. God, I feel old.

Boom Boom, aging Baby Boomer

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Aaaaaaawesome.

That said, I wouldn't trade my Radiohead concert for anything. Seen them once (hopefully not for the last time), and could have happily died right after.

I love live shows. They make me feel like I'm part of history in the making.


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Who's Radiohead? Never heard of 'em.
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posted 27 January 2005 12:07 AM      Profile for Tuppence     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tsk. Baby boomers.

I just re-read your post, and I've seen Alice Cooper too, which was cool. He's such a showman. I think I was the only person there who was female and under 40. I got a few odd looks.


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posted 27 January 2005 12:11 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw Alice Cooper do the album which produced the song "Eighteen" very soon after it was released, so that's quite a few years back. I saw Alice Cooper perform probably before many here on Rabble were born.

Boom Boom, aging baby boomer

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quote:
"I don't wanna kiss you, I don't wanna touch...." No Action, by Elvis Costello, This Year's Model

I saw EC live a few years back, and like everyone else, was waiting to see if he'd play the "old stuff" (which, let's face it, is what everyone was there to hear), or concentrate on newer material. The lights went down, the band took positions, and then Elvis strode out, stalked purposefully up to the mike, and without a moment of hesitation barked out the a cappella introductory line above. The band then exploded into a killer version of "No Action". I've never seen an audience go so immediately berzerk at any concert I've been to.

How 'bout Pink Floyd's The Wall, which starts with a barely-perceptible voice saying, "--we came in?" Thus joining up with the very end of the album, which has the same voice saying "Isn't this where--", over the same quiet musical backdrop the album started with. Thus creating an endless loop. Neat.


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That organ bit on Titanic Overture on The Coop's "Pretties for You" was...well, as forgettable as the rest of the album.

The clarinet glissando that opens "Side A" of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue introduces USian culture at its apex.

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quote:
"I don't wanna kiss you, I don't wanna touch...." No Action, by Elvis Costello, This Year's Model

Fuck yes. Fuck yes to infinity.

Somebody mentioned the Pogues, but they somehow forgot Rum Sodomy and the Lash. What an amazing intro:

"Mccormack and richard tauber are singing by the bed
There’s a glass of punch below your feet and an angel at your head
There’s devils on each side of you with bottles in their hands
You need one more drop of poison and you’ll dream of foreign lands"

(1,2,3!)


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