Suzanne Vega - Luka... then I bought a Linn Axis TT.
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Funkadelic, 'Maggot Brain' [from the album Maggot Brain] ...pretty unforgettable beginning
Youssou N'dour's duet With Neneh Cherry, '7 Seconds' [from the album 'The Guide (Wommat)'] - love this duet, and it's instantly recognisable.
Angélique Kidjo, 'Summertime' AND 'Voodoo Chile' [from the album 'Keep On Moving'] - both are pretty amazing versions. She has an incredible voice.
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Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple Paranoid - Black Sabbath Holidays In The Sun - Sex Pistols I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges Seek And Destroy - Metallica Whole Lot Of Rosie - AC/DC Echo Beach - Martha & The Muffins Superstitious - Stevie Wonder Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Overkill - Motörhead.
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Here's a rather random top ten (which goes up to eleven):
Joy Division - Decades
New Order - Sunrise
U2 - I Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking for [can't stand them usually but this is genius]
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter [no apologies for the unoriginal choice]
Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland
Muse - Starlight
Talk Talk - Happiness is Easy
REM - Orange Crush
Radiohead - No Surprises [perfection!]
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
The Jam - Going Underground
What classical music are you listening to?
Good thread. Some interesting choices so far. Without getting too serious about it and making an exhaustive list, I'd offer:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Heard It Through The Grapevine
(Just has a bit more of a sinister feel than the Marvin Gaye version)
Bruce Springsteen - The River
(The harmonica kills me. Get the setup right on this, with just a little echo and it sounds amazing)
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
(Tyner's piano always has me dropping whatever I'm doing)
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
(The 1970s officially started when this was first played)
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
(I could do a list of purely Dylan tracks for this thread but that would sort of defeat the object. Given the need for variety, it seems obvious to put the best of the best on this list... and the track that was famously made all the better for having Al Kooper play the organ slightly behind the band)
Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower
(Couple of reasons for this. The first is that it invokes memories of the Late Evan Tanner, and secondly because it just grabs you violently and announces that this is no normal cover version)
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
(It's like something from a musical, but good... very good)
Pixies - Debaser
(This song is the sole reason the bass guitar was invented. Fact)
Sigur Ros - Glosoli
(Great album, Takk, and it's a toss-up between this and Hoppipolla for the intro, but this just has a subtlety that forces me to love it more)
Lampchop - Nashville Parent
(It's beautiful, it's sort of funny and it makes you wonder how they had the balls to do it)
Massive Attack - Angel
(Overused in films and on tv, but there's a good reason it's used so much)
Bon Iver - Re: Stacks
(The moment of clarity at the end of an emotional album, beautiful)
I could list hundreds more, but I do have other things to do today... and I will end up playing music until bedtime!
Particularly like your last choice, Bon Iver.
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So we've got to page 3 and no-one's mentioned Layla by Derek & the Dominos?
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Assuming "intros" excludes songs that simply start with the first verse, that still leaves:
"Your baby doesn't love you any more..."
"Can you tell me where my country lies..."
"Is this reality or just a fantasy? Caught in a landslide..."
"Hey, YOU! Don't watch DAT, watch DIS!"
(sotto voce) "...son of a gun..."
For a non-vocal intro, "See My Baby Jive" still takes some beating IMHO. Legend has it there *was* a kitchen sink in there somewhere....
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Shine - Younger Brother
... Thanks - someone came in for a demo once and there was a particular track he was playing (he was a 205/2 owner, now Blade ), I asked him what it was before he left, and he said Younger Brother. Every time I remember and search for them, I can never remember the name! I usually search Older Brother, or Other Brother (which I thought it was), and coincidentally, I went to search for them earlier today! You have now reminded me - thanks very much!
Err, yeah, they did so (you missed it)
Does nobody care that it is intros and not intro's????
The apostrophe is used to indicate a contraction - so I beg to differ!
Correct, but it is generally unnecessary to indicate a contraction nowadays. Contractive apostrophes seem to be sliding towards Olde Englishe. Comms and Speakers are another couple of examples: it should be 'speakers (loudspeakers), but hardly anyone does this. And comm's for communications would just invoke a plague of "Comm's what?" from everyone else...
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...and for the record, I think my fave song intros (currently) are:
William Orbit- Adagio for strings (Ferry Corsten mix)
Peter Gabriel- Come talk to me (goosebumps every time!)
Genesis- Tonight (Grew up with Collins-Genesis, this tune takes me back to my childhood)
Metallica- Wherever I may roam (Oooof!)
Freestylers - The Warrior charge
And a special mention to the Dope Smugglaz' remix of Utah Saints' Funky Music. Two and a half minutes of clever sampling and stereo trickery, laid over a real toe-tapper of a beat. Then the main tune itself kicks in. Oh dear...
Cannibal Ox - The Iron Galaxy
Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place
The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now
Interpol - Untitled
Arcade Fire - Neighbour #1
The National - Fake Empire
A Tribe Called Quest - Buggin' Out
TV on the Radio - Second Song
Franz Ferdinand - Take me out
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Forgot to mention stone roses , love spreads, I wanna be adored, made of stone, I am the resurrection etc...
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