tracks that GENUINELY send shivers down your spine without fail

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Electric Wizard "Barbarian" ("THE WIZAARRD"--RIFF)
Boredoms "Synthesizer Guide Book On Fire" (whoa)
The theme music from Cowboy Bebop
David Bowie "Five Years" (especially the line about the girl in the ice cream parlor not knowing that she's in this song)
The part of "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celest" by Bela Bartok that Kubrick used in The Shining (eerie as all hell)
John Fahey "Desperate Man Blues"/"On The Sunny Side of the Ocean"

Man I could keep doing this forever

telepathy_rock!, Thursday, 21 August 2008 03:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

ESG "UFO"
Stereolab "Jenny Ondioline"
Number Girl "Omoide In My Head"
CCR "Born On The Bayou"
REM "Radio Free Europe"
Radiohead "Everything In It's Right Place"
The intro to Metroid 2

it's a wonder my spine isn't perpetually shivering

telepathy_rock!, Thursday, 21 August 2008 03:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

fake plastic trees does it for me. For the song itself and for the memories attached to it.

Moka, Thursday, 21 August 2008 06:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Big Star - Thirteenth
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
Elvis - Blue moon
Peggy Lee- Is that all there is
Rick Nelson - Lonesome town
Robert Wyatt- Sea song
Scott Walker - Farmer in the city
Low - If you were born today

too many to mention

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

War, "There Must Be a Reason"

The Reverend, Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

This song triggers some really hard realizations for me, In a lot of ways I see myself as that "Lookin' Boy".

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

someone else needs to pick up that meme, to take a load off your back, if nothing else

The Reverend, Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

How about Ooberman's "Shorley Wall", particularly the end poem?

Mark G, Thursday, 21 August 2008 08:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

First thing that comes to mind is Billy Bragg's "St. Swithin's Day"

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Thursday, 21 August 2008 08:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

someone else needs to pick up that meme, to take a load off your back, if nothing else

Doin' it alone lookin' boy

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 21 August 2008 08:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

Discordian, Thursday, 21 August 2008 11:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Great topic. I'm sure I am only echoing a lot of these choices, but:

The Beach Boys -- God Only Knows
Iron & Wine -- Bird Stealing Bread
The Clientele -- Losing Haringey
The Clientele -- Dreams Of Leaving
Chris Bell -- You And Your Sister
Dennis Wilson -- Carry Me Home
Dennis Wilson -- It's Not Too Late
Jimmy Cliff -- Many Rivers To Cross
Grant Hart -- You Don't Have To Tell Me Now
Bruce Springsteen -- One Step Up
Low -- Silver Rider
Miles Davis -- In A Silent Way
Neil Young -- See The Sky About To Rain
Wilco -- Jesus, etc.
William Basinski -- The Disintegration Loop 1.1

. . . among others.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Off the top of my head:
Zombies - Leave Me Be
Badfinger - Baby Blue
Lefty Frizzell - Mom and Dad's Waltz
George Jones - Color of the Blues
Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand the Rain (pretty much the entire album)
Gram Parsons - Streets of Baltimore
Joe Tex - Skip a Rope

asthmatic american, Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's always higher frequency sounds that do this to me, so it's usually guitar solos or backing strings. Typically a chord change involved too.
And the effect is incredible if I haven't heard the track for a good while. I'd love to know the neuroscience behind it! If somebody could map the parts of my brain that are affected mid-shiver and then artificially/electronically recreate the stimulation, I'd probably collapse, comatose with pleasure.

Isaac Hayes - Walk on By
Think it's the first string swell with chord change.

Pearls Before Swine - Ballad to an Amber Lady

Budgie - Hot as a Docker's Arm Pit (No shit!!)
The long run of notes toward the end of the main solo.

Blue Oyster Cult - Harvester of Eyes
Again, the guitar solo

gnarly sceptre, Thursday, 21 August 2008 14:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

"An Ending (Ascent)" by Brian Eno. Every. Fucking. Time. I am reduced to an amoeba-like pile of amorphous goo.

Poliopolice, Friday, 27 April 2012 17:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

anything by O.A.R., bro

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 27 April 2012 17:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

the Eno one that does it for me is "Everything Merges with the Night", I feel funny just thinking about it

you can expect punches, kicks and even worse (frogbs), Friday, 27 April 2012 18:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

The live version of 'Silver Springs', when it transitions into the 'Time has cast a spell on you...' section.

The moment in the Scott Walker track on Climate Of Hunter when he sings 'And the ceiling is rising and falling' and the swarm of Evan Parker soprano saxes comes in.

The final section of George Crumb's Music For A Summer Evening

bit.ly sno cone maker (Jon Lewis), Friday, 27 April 2012 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

fuller list, off the top of my brain:

Parliment - The Silent Boatman (bagpipes)
Autechre - Silverside (the ending, where you finally get to hear the entire melody)
Soul Coughing - Lazybones (the entire thing is so damn heavy)
Devo - Race of Doom (don't know why. something about the way the synths intersect with the rhythm gets me)
ELP - From the Beginning (everything about it is gorgeous, but especially Emerson's solo in the end)
Faust - No Harm (the scream at the end)
Underworld - Most 'Ospitable (the whole thing)
Underworld - Jumbo ("Telephone breath between us/there are no borders between us/Only these wires")
Happy Mondays - Dennis and Lois ("Honey, how's your breathing/If it stops for good we'll believe it")
Kraftwerk - Neon Lights (the onslaught of shimmering major chords that make up the second half)
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Gradated Gray (great song with an inexplicably creepy atmosphere)
The Books - Getting the Job Done (when the vocals come in)
Can - Oh Yeah (when the rhythm section really kicks in, 2 minutes in)
Gary Numan - Complex (mostly the intro, but really everything)
Neu! - Isi (c'mon, nobody can disagree with this)
Michael Jackson - Stranger in Moscow (already mentioned, but holy cow, this is a monster)
Boredoms - 7 (from VCN - when the guitar chords finally come in, braaang brooong)
Harry Nilsson - Morning Glory Story (gosh the vocals are pretty on this one)
Todd Rundgren - When the Shit Hits the Fan ("I think I have to get my ass back to Sunset Boulevard")

#1 tune along these lines (the one that makes me feel funny the whole time) is here

you can expect punches, kicks and even worse (frogbs), Friday, 27 April 2012 19:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

As we've just had the kinks poll, might as well mention the moment in Shangri-La after the horns do a rall and tando, all grandiose magificience, and Ray comes back: "put on your slippers and sit by the fire..."

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 27 April 2012 21:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

kinks - shangri-la (OTM!)
sam cooke - a change is gonna come
manics - 4st 7lb (espec last 30 seconds)
fall - lay of the land (when the song proper finally kicks in)

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 27 April 2012 22:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cecil Taylor's version of "This Nearly Was Mine."

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Saturday, 28 April 2012 00:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Dutchman by Steve Goodman
Boulder to Birmingham by Emmylou Harris
Take Pills by Panda Bear
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Dirty Blvd by Lou Reed
Don't Worry Baby by the Beach Boys
Hot Burrito #1 by the Flying Burrito Brothers
Walk the Way the Wind Blows by Hot Rize

banjoboy, Saturday, 28 April 2012 01:21 (1 year ago) Permalink


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