Albums that start on the Vocal.....

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Kansas: Leftoverture (Carry on Wayward Son)
Lady GaGa: The Fame Monster (Bad Romance)
Belinda Carlisle: Heaven on Earth (Heaven is a Place on Earth)
Little River Band, First Under The Wire (Lonesome Loser)
Duran Duram, Seven and The Ragged Tiger (The Reflex)
The Cars, Heartbeat City (Hello Again)
Elvis Costello, Armed Forces (Accidents will Happen)
B-52’s, Cosmic Thing (Cosmic Thing)
Queen, Jazz (Mustapha)
Beatles, Help! (Help!)
The Mana’s and The Papa’s, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (Monday, Monday)
Barenaked Ladies, Stump (One Week)
Julian Lennon, Valotte (Valotte)
Don McLean, American pie (American Pie)
Fountains of Wayne, Utopia Parkway (Utopia Parkway)

Quix34, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:25 (one month ago) link

Blondie, Parallel Lines (Hanging on the Telephone)

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 26 December 2022 19:26 (one month ago) link

Can also add
The Cars, Door To Door (Leave or Stay)

Quix34, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:33 (one month ago) link

age of chance : 1000 years of trouble.

'there's a beautiful noise coming up from the street .. '

mark e, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:33 (one month ago) link

The LP version of “The Reflex” doesn’t start with the vocal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl_mWGyEUm8

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 26 December 2022 19:34 (one month ago) link

another Elvis Costello: This Year's Model (No Action)

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 26 December 2022 19:37 (one month ago) link

Genesis - Selling England by the Pound (Dancing with the Moonlit Knight)
Marillion - Script for a Jester's Tear (I think they may have heard the above)

this country's had enough of exports (Matt #2), Monday, 26 December 2022 19:37 (one month ago) link

Noted on "The Reflex" !

Quix34, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:41 (one month ago) link

Joni Mitchell, Dog Eat Dog (Good Friends)

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:45 (one month ago) link

Sparks, Propaganda (Propaganda) - entirely a cappella song

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:51 (one month ago) link

Cosmic Thing starts with a drum roll before the vocal.

visiting, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:55 (one month ago) link

Pat Benatar – Get Nervous (Shadows Of The Night)

this country's had enough of exports (Matt #2), Monday, 26 December 2022 19:55 (one month ago) link

Mike Oldfield, Incantations (Incantations Part One) - wordless choir

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:57 (one month ago) link

Big Thief - Two Hands (Rock and Sing)

Wet Legume (morrisp), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:04 (one month ago) link

Fugees: The Score (Red Intro)

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:08 (one month ago) link

Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session (Mining for Gold)

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:13 (one month ago) link

"You might feel left behind..."

Au Suisse s/t

nashwan, Monday, 26 December 2022 20:20 (one month ago) link

NWA - Straight Outta Compton

nashwan, Monday, 26 December 2022 20:22 (one month ago) link

The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack (Give Him a Great Big Kiss)

Wet Legume (morrisp), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:24 (one month ago) link

The Fall - Dragnet (if a call-and-response chant counts...)

Wet Legume (morrisp), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:25 (one month ago) link

Drive-By Truckers, "Decoration Day"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ52COM60JI

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 26 December 2022 20:28 (one month ago) link

Smile (Our Prayer)

Wet Legume (morrisp), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:33 (one month ago) link

Einstürzende Neubauten – Halber Mensch (Halber Mensch)
Einstürzende Neubauten – Haus Der Luege (Prolog)
Einstürzende Neubauten – Tabula Rasa (Die Interimsliebenden)

this country's had enough of exports (Matt #2), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:40 (one month ago) link

Tigermilk (The State I’m In)

Wet Legume (morrisp), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:47 (one month ago) link

Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True (Welcome to the Working Week)

Each of his first three albums!

Moniker? I barely know 'er! (SlimAndSlam), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:54 (one month ago) link

King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair (Three of a Perfect Pair)

Moniker? I barely know 'er! (SlimAndSlam), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:56 (one month ago) link

The Jam - The Gift (Happy Together)

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 26 December 2022 20:56 (one month ago) link

Arab Strap - Philophobia
"It was the biggest cock you'd ever seen..."

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Monday, 26 December 2022 20:59 (one month ago) link

STP - Core

billstevejim, Monday, 26 December 2022 21:02 (one month ago) link

Cafe Tacvba - Avalancho de Exitos (Chilanga Banda)

Moniker? I barely know 'er! (SlimAndSlam), Monday, 26 December 2022 21:03 (one month ago) link

British Sea Power’s Classic THE DECLINE of BRITISH SEA POWER starts with forty-one seconds of wordless sea-chanty harmonizing called “Men Together Today,” not sure if that is the right sense of Vocal for this thread.

A Kestrel for a Neve (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 December 2022 21:13 (one month ago) link

Meryn Cadell - Angel Food for Thought (Secret)
Meryn Cadell - Bombazine (Jonny & Betty)

Moniker? I barely know 'er! (SlimAndSlam), Monday, 26 December 2022 21:14 (one month ago) link

The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good (Traitor, gotta turn up the volume)

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Monday, 26 December 2022 21:23 (one month ago) link

About 4 or 5 Popol Vuh albums.

Twa pehs an' an ingin ane an' aw (Tom D.), Monday, 26 December 2022 21:24 (one month ago) link

Let It Be

nate woolls, Monday, 26 December 2022 21:24 (one month ago) link

Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing (Tom's Diner)
Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (Dooo It!)

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Monday, 26 December 2022 21:35 (one month ago) link

Epic Soundtracks - Fallen Down (Rise Above)

Fried Egg Sandwich, Monday, 26 December 2022 22:34 (one month ago) link

In Visible Silence by Art of Noise starts with about a minute of looped vocal samples

orifex, Monday, 26 December 2022 22:48 (one month ago) link

Spacemen 3 - Recurring (Big City)

henry s, Monday, 26 December 2022 23:36 (one month ago) link

Todd Rundgren - Healing (Healer)

henry s, Monday, 26 December 2022 23:43 (one month ago) link

Todd Rundgren - Todd (How About a Little Fanfare?)

henry s, Monday, 26 December 2022 23:44 (one month ago) link

Moby - Play (Honey)

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:56 (one month ago) link

Caetano Veloso – the 1969 white album

fpsa, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 03:20 (one month ago) link

Tigermilk (The State I’m In)

And The Boy With the Arab Strap

(The 2nd and 4th B&S longplayers also get damn close, but the feeblest of guitar strums are audible a matter of milliseconds before the voice.)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 04:46 (one month ago) link

The Wedding Present, Watusi

goodoldneon, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 05:30 (one month ago) link

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 05:59 (one month ago) link

vampire weekend’s contra (“horchata”) and fotb (“hold you now”) both start with sharp intakes of breath and singing shortly after

“obvious bicycle” from mvotc starts right with the vocal. I thought “mansard roof” did too, but nope, keys come in first

sault bae (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 06:53 (one month ago) link

Madness - One Step Beyond

Valentijn, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 08:50 (one month ago) link

Neko Case 'Wild Creatures' on 'The Worse Things Get....'. Albeit by only about half a second.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 09:22 (one month ago) link

Soft Cell, 'Frustration' on 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 09:28 (one month ago) link

indeed

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 15:51 (one month ago) link

wrens - seacaucus

ciderpress, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 17:01 (one month ago) link

I hate to be a pedant but the album version of "No More Lonely Nights" starts with some atmosphere and a bass riff.

Whoops, was assuming it started as the single version does!

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 17:56 (one month ago) link

Jean-Michel Jarre's Zoolook starts with a processed vocal noise. Not sure if that counts. Both Kevin Rowland's My Beauty and Propaganda's A Secret Wish start with dialogue. Probably not what the OP intended.

And of course Otomo Yoshihide's The Night Before the Death of the Sampling Virus, but that goes without saying.

Ashley Pomeroy, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 23:01 (one month ago) link

Another in the speech pile: Portishead's Third

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 23:32 (one month ago) link

Shellac’s 1,000 Hurts, with its spoken audio calibration.

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 00:00 (one month ago) link

Laurie Anderson: Strange Angels (Strange Angels)

They say that heaven is like TV
A perfect little world that doesn't really need you

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 00:04 (one month ago) link

If we're counting vocal and music at the same time

Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, (“Do The Strand”).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 00:07 (one month ago) link

Two albums that start with vocoder:

Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Love Over and Over (Move Over Moon)
Tangerine Dream, Cyclone (Bent Cold Sidewalk)

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 00:15 (one month ago) link

A third:
YMO, Solid State Survivor (Technopolis)

this country's had enough of exports (Matt #2), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 01:03 (one month ago) link

Madonna - Music

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 01:07 (one month ago) link

life is peachy
all eyez on me

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 01:10 (one month ago) link

Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson and Clover (studio chatter category)

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 01:20 (one month ago) link

Lizzo - cuz I love you

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 02:02 (one month ago) link

Ariana Grande – both My Everything and Sweetener

Wet Legume (morrisp), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 02:19 (one month ago) link

life is peachy

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Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 02:35 (one month ago) link

Genesis "Selling England by the Pound"

New York Review of Wooks (swim), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 04:15 (one month ago) link

Big Black, Songs About Fucking (The Power Of Independent Trucking - "The back-")

this country's had enough of exports (Matt #2), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 09:48 (one month ago) link

The Beatles, With The Beatles, "It Won't Be Long"

Liz D. (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 16:09 (one month ago) link

Dunno if a count-in counts, but "Roadrunner" from the Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers debut. And also "Astral Plane" and "I'm Straight" from the same LP.

Position Position, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 16:34 (one month ago) link

I might count that particular unusual count-in, but if all count-in’s count then Dee-Dee Ramone to thread!

A Kestrel for a Neve (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 16:44 (one month ago) link

Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson and Clover (studio chatter category)

― Doctor Casino, Tuesday, December 27, 2022 8:20 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Fun fact: James was doing promo at WLS-AM in Chicago, and played a rough mix of "Crimson and Clover" for the station staff off-air. Unbeknownst to him, the station surreptitiously recorded it. On his way to that night's show, he heard the rough mix being played on WLS. Because it got so much airplay, he had to release it as-is.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 18:17 (one month ago) link

Hallelujah All the Way Home by the Verlaines: "Well hello there, sordid inmates..."

Kim Deal loves to do this. Pacer by the Amps / Pod & All Nerve by the Breeders. Others Breeders albums don't count but do start really spare and get to a vocal with some urgency.

Also could've sworn Triffids' Born Sandy Devotional goes straight in with The Seabirds: "No foreign pair of dark sunglasses could ever shield you from/the light that pierces your eyelids, the screaming of the gulls."

Turns out the strings come in a fraction of a second before, but think the general idea here is a call to attention to start with, and it's too arresting not to mention.

verhexen, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 20:40 (one month ago) link

Barry Adamson - Oedipus Schmoedipus
Black Box Recorder - England Made Me
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me!

technopolis, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 21:05 (one month ago) link

The Meters - The Meters

nate woolls, Thursday, 29 December 2022 06:06 (one month ago) link

pretty sure Tommy James story was ... Pittsburgh?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 29 December 2022 06:22 (one month ago) link

XXP: Yeah, that Triffids opener is one of most abrupt I can think of, otherwise! Like they could plausibly have already played through several such verses before we joined them. Gawd, I need to listen to it now...

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 29 December 2022 08:22 (one month ago) link

Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby (Set Out Running)

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Thursday, 29 December 2022 08:22 (one month ago) link

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

Wet Legume (morrisp), Thursday, 29 December 2022 18:19 (one month ago) link

pretty sure Tommy James story was ... Pittsburgh?

― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, December 29, 2022 1:22 AM (eleven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Pittsburgh was where someone found "Hanky Panky," played it at a bunch of dance parties, someone else pressed thousands of (bootleg) copies, then it went to #1 (in Pittsburgh, then Chicago, then nationally).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 29 December 2022 18:23 (one month ago) link

Daniel Johnston, 1990 (entire first track is a cappella)

goodoldneon, Thursday, 29 December 2022 19:55 (one month ago) link

Keyshia Cole's sophomore album JUST LIKE YOU. The song is "Let it Go". Technically there's a quick record scratch before she sings acapella, though.

cahmiafl, Thursday, 29 December 2022 20:29 (one month ago) link

latest Costello album also starts with the vocal (Farewell, Ok)

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Thursday, 29 December 2022 20:34 (one month ago) link

All Saints s/t

fetter, Thursday, 29 December 2022 22:26 (one month ago) link

Aphrodite's Child, 666 (The System)

this country's had enough of exports (Matt #2), Thursday, 29 December 2022 22:51 (one month ago) link

Hot Chip, Freakout/Release (“Down”)

more crankable (sic), Friday, 30 December 2022 06:34 (one month ago) link

Oneida - Each One Teach One

I Occasionally Post on ILX (2x5), Friday, 30 December 2022 07:06 (one month ago) link

Arab Strap - Philophobia
"It was the biggest cock you'd ever seen..."

I opened the thread specifically to see if this one had been mentioned yet.

Nicely done, ILM.

I can't tell if he's trolling or not (ilxor), Friday, 30 December 2022 07:24 (one month ago) link

Terence Trent D'Arby - Symphony or Damn (Welcome to my monasteryo)

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 30 December 2022 07:32 (one month ago) link

Jeanne Balibar - Paramour (Le tour du monde)

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 30 December 2022 07:33 (one month ago) link

Charli XCX - Crash (Crash)

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 30 December 2022 07:35 (one month ago) link

Gun Club Miami Jeffrey Lee vocal gets joined by rest of band.

Does a cough count cos Junkyard starts with that before Nick sings about the death of his dad on Dead Joe.

Stevolende, Friday, 30 December 2022 07:39 (one month ago) link

Johnny Hates Jazz’s “I Don’t Want to be a Hero” sounds very very close to Shalamar’s “I Can Make You Feel Good”

houdini said, Friday, 30 December 2022 14:35 (one month ago) link

Sorry - wrong thread! Argh!

houdini said, Friday, 30 December 2022 14:35 (one month ago) link

Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July

Hongro Hongro Hippies (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 30 December 2022 15:50 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Badfinger "Ass" ("Apple of My Eye")

A Drunk Man Looks At Partick Thistle (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 January 2023 17:23 (two weeks ago) link

American Life

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 14:44 (one week ago) link

Songs About Fucking

nate woolls, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 17:54 (one week ago) link

Medúlla by Björk

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 17:57 (one week ago) link


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