The New York Dolls start and end all their songs fantastically - with everything thrown in - whistles, gongs, gun shots, spoken intros, hand claps - they're just a blast with that stuff, they were so creative and playful and imaginative - I think that's David's influence actually.
This is one of my favorites: starts with scanning the radio and going in and out of radio or TV while an ominous, threatening piano chord sounds in the background before going to a sort of creepy I Love Lucy snippet and then it settles into the song itself so the intro is saying it's all mindless noise. This is one of the greatest songs ever recorded - punk Rock or otherwise - it describes America in 2019 even more than it did America in 1984 too.
This is the first song I ever heard that opened like this with this laughter needing a re-start. I mean they are really laughing and it always makes me laugh too, even now. This song has one of my favorite Dylan lines "I said you know they refused Jesus too, he said you're not Him"............although "I ordered some Suzette/Could you please make the crepe?" comes pretty close......
This band I'm sure is going to do very well in our 80s poll with their debut - although I am not a huge fan (I do like it though), the album has certainly stood the test of time and had some great ideas on it.
This was a great one specifically - the very last word of the intro is : "Start" then the music begins - and then the song and music gets more frantic and until it collapses furiously at the end with last word : "Goodnight". Pretty clever - if you play this at a party people go mental ..........still.
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Jun 14, 2019 6:13:10 GMT
I always thought this was a killer opening - always gets me pumped, especially good to listen to with headphones for when the drums come in. Any other guitarist might have simply started the song right on the downbeat, but the two accented strums with the pickup at the beginning make it that much more annunciatory, grabbing you by the throat right away. When the vocals enter, Jagger sounds as if he's always been singing and we're just now hearing him (coming in--and staying--off the beat and repeating a melodically unstable note). Exhibit A on how to build a great rock groove.
Here's two songs that have the "ironic" opening - the first is many peoples most beloved part of any Replacements song, with the Minneapolis police (for real in the recording) threatening to shut down the party (the "F-You" is by Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner who was there), The 2nd is one of the best Nirvana songs ironically using and subverting a hippie anthem for their counterpoint but of course wittily only covering that small part of it.
To follow Johnny_Hellzapoppin and his Franz Ferdinand post - they were great at it too, very Libertines-y with that stuff inspired like all UK modern bands. This is another and my favorite song of their's - the start is just aces - they evoke so many British bands here - Roxy Music/Libertines/Jam/Gang Of Four etc:
I've mentioned this before but the first 3 (great) Elvis Costello albums all open with the same neat trick - you hear the vocals before you hear any music at all. It's very striking .......later on he'd stop that conceit but he was still great at starting songs with quirky detours. This one, he does in reverse, the bass sets the stage for his vocals so he knows everyone will listen :
"The sun struggles up another beautiful day" is the first line and.............every single line afterwards from the world falling apart, to a playful joke towards John Lennon, to the world going mad is a parody of that opening line.
When I was a kid I used to spin around on the ground to get a "high" feeling. And when I say "kid" I mean like 4 days ago and that's why Viced thinks I give wacky opinions (because I must be high) and Mattsby is thinking "Yeah, I do that after I have too much coffee".
This song is the first song I ever remember playing that sort of replicated that feeling - it was, completely immersive and right from its awesome start a song that removed you from the real world and took you some place else.
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Jun 15, 2019 18:02:14 GMT
This song is the butt of a lot of jokes because it's one of the first songs you learn on guitar, but that opening riff is iconic for a reason... the best riffs are often simple but have an irresistible rhythmic groove. Like the Stones song I posted above, this one begins with guitar alone, but the additive layering of instruments is more stretched out this time... first guitar, then hi-hat, then snare, then bass, then vocals, each element rhythmically distinct. I'm a sucker for these kinds of accumulative intros.
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Jun 15, 2019 18:50:29 GMT
Cliche pick, but idgaf. One of the great bass riffs (along with Another One Bites the Dust... we should have a separate thread on favorite guitar/bass riffs ), and what makes it cool is how rhythmically off kilter it is (an asymmetrical seven beats long).
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Jun 15, 2019 20:39:44 GMT
Metallica has many great instrumental intros, several of them beginning with lyrical acoustic passages before launching into thrash mode. Fight Fire With Fire actually plays kind of humorously because of the sharp contrast of tones between the intro and the rest of the song... when it begins, it sounds like an ancient folk ballad or something. The acoustic opening of Battery has almost a Spanish flavor, and when the same music is played with heavy distortion, it takes on a kind of majestic quality with the harmonizing guitar lines... and then the rest of the song kicks you repeatedly in the balls for the remaining 4 minutes.
Great mentions in this thread..........here's a one from a different angle with the voice as an instrument - with "Lorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd" he summons the guitars, bass and drums to jump in. If you had to play one song to explain what Rock and Roll feels like (or should) I can't think of a better one:
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Jun 16, 2019 18:29:37 GMT
This is the album opener, sampling a scene from George Lucas's THX 1138. Ingeniously used here because without visuals, it's even more unsettling especially if you don't know the context. And of course the quickening pace of the hits heightens your anticipation of what it's leading to, sounding almost inhumanly mechanical in its violence, eventually transitioning into the actual song by setting up the tempo.
I have a love/hate relationship to The Smiths but this is of course a straight up classic in what they did with a great opening - a singular Johnny Marr guitar riff and Morrissey's greatest opening, a Shakespearean level pun : I am the son (sun) and the heir (air).........of a shyness that is criminally vulgar.