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What are your favourites? Are great intros essential for great songs? Examples of good intro, bad song or bad intro, good song?

Some favourites :

1) Bowie - "All the Young Dudes" 2) Human League - "Love Action" (meee-oowwwww meeee-owwwww) 3) The Ramones - any with Dee Dee's shouted "1-2-3-4"!! 4) Slits - "Heard it Through The Grapevine" 5) Abba - "Dancing Queen" (second half of the chorus as intro - cool!)

Dr. C, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

geiger counter - kraftwerk, though that's a song in itself it still seems like an introduction. the first song off 'future' by The Seeds which has the creepiest intro - I should have put that into the spoken word thread. Alex Chilton doing 'I will always love you' by Dolly Parton, begins and disintegrates the same. Yes that '1-2-3-4' is good, I reckon too. Also '6-5-2-1-4-5-go' or whatever it is by Warsaw, I thought that was cool when I was a teenager. the start of 'Sweet Leaf' by Black Sabbath with the cough and the riff. You must take the cough with the riff. Kim Fowley doing 'The Worst Song Ever' that song doesn't even start. is there any song that starts with the sound of footsteps, then a car door slamming, then the engine and the tyres squealing? there must be!

maryann, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Love is the Drug" by Roxy Music starts like that doesn't it?
more good ones - *all* New York Dolls songs.

duane, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Too many really, good intro generally makes for good song. Kraftwerk's 'Geiger Counter' = classic. As is their Ramones rip-off on 'Showroom Dummies: eins, zwei, drei, vier. 'Sweet Leaf' = great intro. Metallica had a way with intro's: those creepy medieval intro's on "...And Justice for All" and that rotating fuck-off bass on 'Orion'. The explosive riff on 'The Flag' by Royal Trux. That kung- fu movie shit which starts of Doc Scott's 'Shadow Boxing'. Etc...etc...

Omar, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Intros = unnecessary. Don't bore us get to the chorus

dave q, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Umm, "Welcome to the Jungle" intro is kewl. Ditto "Gimme Shelter." Lots of funk: "Chocolate City," "Play That Funky Music," "I Like Girls." Lots of metal; obscure pick: "Switchblade Serenade" by Spread Eagle.

AP, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Taana Gardner's "Heartbeat (Larry Levan 12" Mix)" are tied for no. 1 for me. First 30 secs of J5 is as dramatic a splash of cold water on a hot day as you can hope for. Taana: 8 bars of heartbeats, 8 more of handclaps, then the BADDEST- ASSED DRUM INTRO EVER comes in, followed by the second-best bassline ever (after Chic's "Good Times"). Wow.

M. Matos, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

God Only Knows, Beach Boys

Sing A Simple Song, Sly & The Family Stone

John Davey, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Steve Albini starts some song on Big Black's "Pigpile" (I think!) with "1-2-fuck-you". I always thought that was pretty neat.

toby, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

kraftwerk 'europe endless'. and the whole of miles 'in a silent way' which sounds like one great big introduction. so lean, so tense! maybe 'bombs over baghdad'.

matthew james, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

if

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(hey, baby, hey...) funkadelic - "mommy, what's a funkadelic?" xoxox

Norman Fay, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

wham - wake me up before you goo gooo

Geoff, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

'Epitaph For My Heart'. Good intro, good song, but with nothing to do with each other.

the pinefox, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

God, so many. Let's start with Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' and the Smiths 'Girl Afraid'.

Good intro, not such a great song: two examples on 'Help!' spring to mind - 'It's Only Love' and 'I've Just Seen A Face'

Nick, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

1)Pink Floyd, "Another Brick in the Wall" (pick any part)
2) In Flames, "Behind Space", or most other In Flames songs
3) In Flames, "Square Nothing," but only because I'm so grateful by the time the intro's over that I don't have to hear it anymore
4)I'll second the New York Dolls motion
5) Velvet Underground, "European Son" (counting the glass crash as the end of the intro)

Lyra, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oooh, "Girl Afraid." I only began considering myself a real guitar player when I found I could play that opening arpeggio . . .

Nitsuh, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

You're a real guitar player?

I don't think I've ever played it right.

the pinefox, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I've always like the intro of Jane's Addiction's 'Stop' with the Spanish-speaking girl before she introduces the band.

The intro to Pavement's 'We Are Underused' is one of my favourites too.

alex in montreal, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Paul McCartney "Band On The Run" Also, the beginning of "Here My Dear" by Marvin Gaye always brings a tear to my eye.

Alan Hunt, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Slaves To The Rave" - Inferno Bros.

...what we need is some REAL techno. Preferably from the streets of Frankfurt.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Badass drum intro #2: "I'm Coming Out"-Diana Ross Favorite spoken intro: "Thanks for killing my mom!" "Hey, no problem!" from "Ballad of a Lovedoll" - Redd Kross (them again).

Also Creedence Clearwater Revival-"Hey Tonight"

Arthur, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Bowie's 'Sound & Vision'. I particularly like the way that the intro never really ends.

Nick, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

1) BJM stealing the openning of Dandy Warhols Come Down for their leadoff song on Give It Back (SuperSonic) claiming it was Courtney Taylor whole stole it from him/them all along.

2) Misunderstood from Wilco's Being There just for it being so not alt. country. Even though I dont know where alt country starts or ends or fully understand what makes people point and say thats alt. country, that intro is defently not it.

3) Eric's Trip 4 songs sorta mashed into one with a wierd wubwubwub bass sound that opens Purple Blue.

4) Great intro to a great song in Leave Them All Behind, heck almost ever Ride song I can think of has a great intro. Perfectly timed for getting out of the shower to out the door in the morning.

5) The Church - "Almost With You" which starts off the 2nd side of Blur(ed) Crusade where the guy gets up answers the knock at a door and the door swings open to the song.

zacko, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Great jungle intros: who's up for it???

For now I am simply going to mention that Chuck D (from whence came "if y'all REALLY like to rock the funky beats") and P.E. have many great intros, especially FIght the Power, where somebody (Farrakhan?) starts it off -

"Yet our best-trained, best-educated, best-equipped, best- prepared troops refuse to fight. Matter of fact, it's safe to say, they would rather switch than fight."

(Old Tareyton cigarette slogan: "I'd rather fight than switch")

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

The 2-girl dialogue for 'Baby Got Back' is absolutely hysterical... Intro's that involve dialogue are great framing for a lotta funny r&b, rap and hiphop tunes, but i always wonder if they yank it out for airplay?

Jason, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I Wanna Be Adored.

Always. That rumble gets the hairs on the back of my neck up, and as soon as the bass slips in, I have to stop whatever I'm doing.

Which is why I never listen to The Stone Roses in the car...

Nick Southall, Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Quite right, Nick. I was watching a gig by a very terrible band a few months ago, and they began their last song with a sort of familiar-sounding synth progression ... and then that bass line kicked in, and half the bar broke into broad grins. Despite nearly an hour of sucking horribly, everyone was on their side again.

Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, the cover wasn't that good either.

Nitsuh, Friday, 27 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Pink Floyd, "Time."

Lyra, Saturday, 28 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Queen's "Death on Two Legs" (almost Sonic Youth-y). "White Light, White Heat."

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Saturday, 28 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

yes - "heart of the sunrise"

rush - "overture"

the trammps - "disco inferno"

new order - "everything's gone green"

crass - "poison in a pretty pill"

the dead kennedys were good for something here w/ "police truck" and "holiday in cambodia"

fugazi - "do you like me?"

the birthday party - "the friend catcher"

smashing pumpkins - "cherub rock"

sundar subramanian, Sunday, 29 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

The Avengers -- any intro from the new collection.

Sterling Clover, Sunday, 29 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"When I say I'm in love you best believe I'm in love, l.u.v." - Shangri-Las' "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" & NY Dolls "Trash" (?)

"Hands Up! Who wants to die?" - Birthday Party, "Mutiny in Heaven"

"Kick out the Jams, motherfuckers/brothers and sisters" - MC5

"Some people say little girls should be seen and not heard, but I say OH BONDAGE, UP YOURS!" - X-ray Spex

"Is she really going out with him?" (deadpan, followed by sinister pounding toms) - The Damned, "New Rose"

"Wha-ho who-ho-ho" - Ronettes, "Baby I Love You"

"A womp bop a loo bomp, a womp bam boom" - Little Richard, "Tutti Frutti"

"Let's get real gone this time" - Elvis, "Milkcow Blues"

fritz, Monday, 30 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Ballroom Blitz."

X. Y. Zedd, Monday, 30 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

1-2-X-U! - Wire

fritz, Monday, 30 July 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

four weeks pass...
The intro to 'Pink Frost' by the Chills has a fantastic transition from bright and bouncy to brooding - an illustration of those lines about nature being indifferent.

youn, Tuesday, 28 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
Grateful Dead, "China Cat Sunflower" (orig. studio version) - SO GREAT.

Someone should sample and loop the bar where the drumbeat comes in, under the bassline and organ riff...

morris pavilion (samjeff), Wednesday, 18 February 2004 16:51 (seventeen years ago) link

looks like a "Primitive Painters" kind of thread

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 18 February 2004 20:16 (seventeen years ago) link

Everyday is like Sunday

daavid (daavid), Thursday, 19 February 2004 03:07 (seventeen years ago) link

Aerosmith, Sweet Emotion
Kiss, God of Thunder

Orbit (Orbit), Thursday, 19 February 2004 03:13 (seventeen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

O’Jays, “Back Stabbers” - beyond God-level

what they do?!

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 17:58 (two weeks ago) link

The whole other song that is the intro to Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out"

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

The slow coalescence of beautiful fragments in Brian Eno "Julie With..."

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

breastcrawl haveyou heard this Tom moulton extended mix he did in 2011 for the philly intl box set?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8VQkFeg0yg

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:19 (two weeks ago) link

huh idk if that worked

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8VQkFeg0yg

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

oh well it’s really rad

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

The solo keyboard intro to Steve Winwood "While You See a Chance," which supposedly came about when the other instruments were accidentally erased.

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:33 (two weeks ago) link

may be a cliche at this point, but i do truly love the intro to "where the streets have no name"

bart harley-jarvis cocker (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:45 (two weeks ago) link

breastcrawl haveyou heard this Tom moulton extended mix he did in 2011 for the philly intl box set?

apparently not, triple the goodness, thank you!

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

re: the Moulton remix of "Back Stabbers" - worth it for the breakdown that starts around the 6:50 mark alone - especially the piano vamp (if that's the right word)

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 19:02 (one week ago) link


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