Songs Clearly Written As Set-Openers: Classic or Dud; and, if classic, S/D

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Has this been done yet? Not sure how to search it. Apologies if so!

Seems like such an archaic thing, that bands wrote songs specifically to open their live sets with. But still, many did, and probably continue to do so. My thoughts and prayers:

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Alice Cooper - "Hello! Hooray!" Not an AC original, though they did change it quite a bit from its earlier incarnations (including one by Judy Collins.) Very theatrical and of course the "god I feel so strongggggg" coda. Chills!

Destroy:

Nazareth - "Razamanaz" I saw them a number of times back in the day and this was typically their go-to opener. It didn't work! The tempo was wrong and it was full of nonsense like "we're gonna razamanaz you all night, we're gonna razamantaz you tonite!"

What say ye?

henry s, Monday, 12 February 2018 00:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

do you mean they have lyrical references to being openers or just have an opener sort of vibe, like a dramatic buildup of excitement/a prelude vibe?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 00:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Generally I don't really like that sort of "Welcome to the SHOW HA HA *devious cackle*" thing, if that's what you mean.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 00:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

What's that Guided By Voices song with the GBV chant on it? Classic, I think?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Monday, 12 February 2018 00:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pink Floyd’s In The Flesh - Classic
ELP - Welocme My Friends to the Show That Never Ends - Dud

everything, Monday, 12 February 2018 01:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Cheap Trick - "Hello There" = classic

J. Sam, Monday, 12 February 2018 01:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

ELP - Welcome My Friends to the Show That Never Ends

a little too on the nose

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

more like welcome my friends to the solo that never ends amirite

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

ELP - Welocme My Friends to the Show That Never Ends - Dud

― everything

you mean the tune that shows up nine minutes into a 30 minute epic? come on, they named a horrendously bloated live album after it but it doesn't even show up until side fucking e! if anything it was written for the benefit of people who had just flipped over the record, no?

cheap trick - hello there - classic

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

monk time - classic
let's go crazy - classic

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

different genre to all examples posted so far, but I seem to remember Nile Rodgers claiming he and Bernard Edwards gave "I'm Coming Out" to Diana Ross to fulfil this role. classic.

Volvo Twilight (p-dog), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

post let's go crazy an utterly classic example

Volvo Twilight (p-dog), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

xpost, even

Volvo Twilight (p-dog), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXHmWXPwol0

classic

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Whoa wait a second I never knew "Athlete Cured" came from that...

timellison, Monday, 12 February 2018 01:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

Suede - Introducing the Band

looks like they've used it as a set opener as recently as 2014, and not just during their Dog Man Star full album shows

how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

Elvis' triad of 'Also sprach Zarathustra/Elvis Theme' into CC Rider is pretty hot.

I'd figure "Hey Hey, Were the Monkey's" would be their opener. That's pretty informational for the crowd if unsure who is playing.

Makes me kind of wish Van Halen had a tune called "Hey Dude, Were Van Halen" song.

earlnash, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

uh Sgt. Pepper's right?

J. Sam, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

I like the story about how Cheap Trick came up with "Hello There" out of necessity because they frequently were having to play shows without getting a soundcheck in beforehand, so the opening stacking of instruments was constructed so the sound man could set levels on the fly when they came on stage.

...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Spinal Tap - ""Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" = classic

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Suede - Introducing the Band

First thing I thought of.

I like the story about how Cheap Trick came up with "Hello There"

Second thing I thought of.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 February 2018 03:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

uh Sgt. Pepper's right?

― J. Sam,

Except they never played live again after writing it.

I think Robbie William's 'Let Me Entertain You' would fit in here.

chap, Monday, 12 February 2018 11:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

VU “We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together”

startled macropod (MatthewK), Monday, 12 February 2018 11:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

I had it in mind that Lou Reed's 'We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together' was written as a set opener for the VU, but apparently not.

Love the way Dylan recast 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You' as a set opener on the Rolling Thunder tour.

Agharta Christie (Ward Fowler), Monday, 12 February 2018 11:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

Back In Black, although i think they dont use that as the opener anymore?

Siegbran, Monday, 12 February 2018 11:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

REM, Lotus

I'm walking on Sondheim (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 12 February 2018 12:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

'Begin The Begin' surely?

Matt DC, Monday, 12 February 2018 12:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

The Cure - 'Open' (total classic)

ArchCarrier, Monday, 12 February 2018 12:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

Back In Black, although i think they dont use that as the opener anymore?

― Siegbran

isn't it "welcome to the jungle" these days?

(total f'n classic btw)

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

mr. bungle used to open their gigs by singing the "welcome back kotter" theme in spanish. that's also classic.

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Hello There" is total classic not just cuz it is a great song but becuz they specifically wrote it as a set opener where each instrument enters at a different time so their soundguy could get levels on the fly esp in the dodgy places they played early on, bowling alleys, etc, and couldn't soundcheck.

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 12 February 2018 14:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Which, ach, I realize McCain already pointed out.

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 12 February 2018 14:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Cheap Trick also typically bookended "Hello There" with "Goodnight" as a set-closer, a nice touch for symmetry fans.

henry s, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

I have a soft spot for Blue Oyster Cult, but one of the worst examples of this is "RU Ready To Rock" from the Spectres album. What a clunker!

henry s, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

McCartney/Wings "Rockshow"

startled macropod (MatthewK), Monday, 12 February 2018 20:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Stage Fright" by Def Leppard opens with "I said a welcome to my shoooooow!"

enochroot, Monday, 12 February 2018 23:18 (eight months ago) Permalink


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