great moments in pop history

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
this is something i've been thinking about for a while, ever since i saw this list by bill wyman of the chicago reader. i've thought of creating my own list but found it too much of an undertaking.

what i'm asking here is, and if you visit the link you'll get a better understanding: what are the greatest moments within a particular song in the history of music. for example, the end of "be my baby" when, before relaunching into the chorus, the song reuses the opening drum part. or the false ending on "bernadette" by the four tops. etc.

fred solinger, Friday, 9 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I have seen this list before, and it is good. I have also considered doing the same thing myself, but have just been lazy.

The one that always gets me (and that very few people remember) is the false start of the chorus in the middle of "I Saw Her Again Last Night" by The Mamas and The Pappas. To wit:

*orchestra swells*

I saw her...

*pause, orchestra continues to swell*

I saw her agaiiiiiinnnnnnn...

The Hammond and Moogs on 'Telstar' should probably be on there at some point.

JM, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Funny, I was thinking about this phenomenon myself just the other day in regards to the ubiquitious 'Yellow' by Coldplay... I would be indifferent about that song altogether - would be, if only it weren't for the vocal inflections when he sings "I drew a li-i-ine".

K, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I remember when JM and I discovered this, five years ago or so. The key change on "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" was the highlight for us, then, along with the coda to Layla. Now, I think his Mekons moment comes far too late from their career.

Mine: The ragged backup vocals on "You Really Got A Hold On Me" Also, from The Buzzcocks, the way the vocal line breaks singing "There is no love in this world anymore". The backup vocals on "Debaser" by tha Pixies (who are a real moments band -- opening verse to "I been tired" being another one). "I saw her walking on down the line. You know I saw her for the very first time." And many many more.

Sterling Clover, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The intro of 'You're Gonna Miss Me' - 13th Floor Elevators, specifically Roky Erikson's screamed 'Aaaawww Yeeaaaahhh'. From another planet.

Back with more later.

Dr C, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The horns on "Working My Way Back to You". The bridge on "P.U.N.K. Girl" by Heavenly. Eminem on "The Real Slim Shady" saying "sing the chorus and it goes..." Hole -- "You should learn how to say no." "ah- ah-ahahah," from Britney Spears on "Lucky". Stop Making Sense, liner notes. "I Love Rock and Roll," video. From The Fall, either the rhythm to Bremen Nacht Alternative or to Guest Informant. Costello and Bacharach together in Austin Powers 2.

Sterling Clover, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

oooh lots, of top of my head...

The way 'Lola' by The Raincoats speeds up mid-song.

"I've kissed mermiads, rode the El Niño", the way the guitar riff rolls under it and makes you feel exactly that big (it's 'Wave of Mutilation' by Zee Pixies, who had a handful of those moments).

In 'Strings of Life' there is a brilliant drum roll the just takes you higher.

When the fuzzed-up guitar hits in Primal Scream's 'Loaded'.

Total Science - 'Champion Sound', long intro, quiets down and then suddenly it's there, The Rebirth of Rave: wheeenghg, whaawhaaa, wheeenggg, whaaaaawhaaaa.

Brian Eno's 'Baby's on Fire', mid-song turns into crazy feed-back heaven after which Eno return's with his wry voice and so brilliantly sings "Juanita and Juannnnnn, very clever with maracas" (erm I think ;) It just fits so perfectly.

That moment in Lynard Skynard's 'Freebird' after soloing for what 4 minutes they start winding up the song. The guitar starts to "pull" by playing a repeating riff for what seems an impossibly long time...and then they let go :)

Which reminds me of Roxy Music's 'Virignia Plain', the way the song breaks down and the pulls back for the last verse, esp those 2 seconds when the guitar crashes in after which the whole band let loose.


Omar, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The Universal by Blur. the bit where they repeat the chorus twice at the end without him singing and the trumpets are swelling and the backing vocalists sing 'just let them go' still. particularly great live. I remember at reading 99 they played it and the entire crowd of something like 40,000 people are still singing along and it's just an incredible experience.

that was a bit gushy but I think sums it up...

Bill, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The way Jonathan Richman says 'hippie Johhny".

K, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The first stanza from 'Full Grown' by JSBX




JM, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The "listen, listen" part in Dont cry (put your head on my shoulder)"....The riff to "Waterfall" by the Stone Roses....the drum solo at the end of "Gloria" by Them.....the "yeah-yeah-ooh-yeah" to "What condition my condition was in"

Michael Bourke, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The way the vocals are recorded on "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos. That "shoo-bop shoo-bop" part has always seemed like it was telegraphed from some parralel universe or something. Spooky and heartbreaking all at once. The feeling conveyed by those background voices seems to me very unhealthy but true; that is, nothing good can come from those kinds of feelings, and yet we all have them. It's like desparation that can only lead to dissapointment.

Or am I just projecting?

For intense feelings that ARE healthy, I'll take the bassline to Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing." That sense of wonder, overflowing w/ powerful feelings, etc.

Mark Richardson, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The guitar solo in "What Goes On" by the VU. I read an interview with Doug Yule where they couldn't decide which guitar solo to use so they just bounced them all together to the same track. That was a good idea.

Also, the Dave Clark Fives wall of sound in "Anyway you Want it".

Steven James, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The rhythm section getting back in the song at the end of The Clash's "Safe European Home".

Patrick, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

when the band actually comes in on breathe by pink floyd. the weird drum loop on higher than the sun by primal scream. the guitar break in nowhere man by the beatles. the 'ooooooooh, oooooooooh....' after the bridge in september gurls by big star. the guitar break in she bangs the drums by the stone roses. when the bassline and the tambourine are the only things playing in town called malice by the jam. the last chorus of sir duke by stevie wonder. the 'love your mother , father, sister, brother,' part in god is love by marvin gaye. the call and response in what'd i say by ray charles. when the piano starts playing that cool line near then end of shine a light by the rolling stones.

i could go on...... . ...

Jake Becker, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

When Robbie Williams goes "And that's a good line / to take us to the bridge" right before the first bridge in "Strong". That's genius.

Ally, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the oohs in 'cigarette in my bed'. i was gonna say the opening riff of waterfall but someone already did. the bit where graeme downes explodes on the verlaines 'slow sad love song'. the opening riff of the chills 'pink frost', well the one after the intro. the theremin in pram's 'chrysalis'. the bits in straitjacket fits 'she speeds' where shayne carter's voice is trembling a bit after the loud parts. the opening of third eye foundation's 'sleep'.

keith, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the opening guitar solo on husker du's "eight miles high" cover.

the crashing fuzz chords on the mary chain's "something's wrong."

the riff of "you made me realise."

the howl at the beginning of "immigrant song."

the howl that introduces pil's _flowers of romance_.

the harmonica riff of "hand in glove."

the feedback blip under the lines "it's so soothing to hear that you'll sue me" in nirvana's "frances farmer will have her revenge on seattle."

"black steel in the hour of chaos."

the falsetto chorus of goodie mob's "black ice."

the noise at the start of fugazi's _red medicine_.

the riff of rush's "temples of syrinx."

more later. i have to go home.

sundar subramanian, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Oooh ...

the chord changes *between* the repetitions of the title (I'm sure you know what I mean) in the chorus of Donna Summer's "Love's Unkind".

About two minutes into the KLF's "Last Train To Trancentral": the same MC's self-aggrandisement as before, but the chord sequence is widening, the sheer sound is becoming fuller and fuller, and then the breakdown: a wide-open chasm, Hollywood's western relocated in, I dunno, Castlemorton or somewhere (but cooler, obviously). Then the song returns ... if there is one precise moment when I discovered pop's transcendence, that is it. And the samples from "What Time Is Love" and "3AM Eternal" on the song's last lap, as it were, are pretty awesome as well; the KLF had remade pop as one glorious self- mythologisation, and the rules were rewritten within each five-second sequence.

The jump from the mock-Cossack "hey-hey-hey" sequence (pissing on the history books and loving every minute of it; it renders most things that could be called plastic folk utterly unnecessary) into the song proper in Boney M's "Rasputin" (radio usually starts after this, therefore removing the only truly classic element of the song).

Britney's voice sounding like a post-human creature invented to define having reached a low point but wanting to jump back from it, on the "I used to go with the flow" line from "Stronger".

There are many others, I know.

Robin Carmody, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

okay, time to answer my own posting.
- seconded: the spectral backing vocals on "i only have eyes for you"
- seconded: the false start on "i saw her again last night"
- seconded: piano/slide coda on "layla"
- the woozy horns on "can't take my eyes off of you"
- the organ part on vu's "what goes on"
- the backing vocals coming in on the second verse of "the ballad of el goodo"
- the guitar solo on "jesus is waiting" played by al green himself
- "just look over your shoulder" in "reach out, i'll be there"
- the music dropping out and otis yelling "na na na, try a little tenderness" and the frenzied organ enters.
- the key changes at the end of "wichita lineman" and "by the time i get to phoenix"
- the crystalline guitar opening of "knowing me, knowing you"
- bootsy collins's bassline on "sex machine"
- alex chilton's angelic "iiiiiiiiii" floating atop the din of "kanga roo"
- the bridge in lorraine ellison's "stay with me"
- the breathtaking instrumental break in "are you there (with another girl)"
- elvis hitting that last note in "surrender"
- the tremolo guitar opening to "the dark end of the street"
- the bridge on "natural woman"
- clem burke's manic drumming on "dreaming"
- "i shot a man in reno just to watch him die."
- sly screaming "take your places, i want to take you HIIGHHER!"
- the interpolation of "mary had a little lamb" in "soulfinger"
- the backwards guitar scratching that opens "are you experienced?"
- the spiraling guitar riff on "shot by both sides"
- the "mwaaaa" on "give him a great big kiss"; the dolls' use of the opening on "looking for a kiss"
- the count-ups in "i can never take the place of your man," "you get what you give," and "born to run"
- marvin gaye singing his life in the opening lines of "piece of clay": "father, stop/criticizing your son..."
and now i'll stop.

fred solinger, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

ok this is maybe not one of the greatest but it's great it's Always On My Mind by psb, the long version on introspective towards the end at the calm part when you call feel the energy building up and suddenly these drums and everything kick in and the best way to describe it the feeling and sound is a goosebumpy orgasm shooting like a rocket towards the sky.

hmmm, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Apologies if I've been showing a late 70s bias thus far, but the endless rise, one chord at a time, in the instrumental break to Chic's "Le Freak".

Robin Carmody, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Am I the only person in the world who LOATHES the coda to Layla?

Ally, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, and to give more answers to the question (are we actually trying to compile moments that'd be in a top 100? I'm just thinking of random really good bits)

The first 15 seconds or so of Born to Run

Sarah Cracknell moaning "Someday...someday..." on He's On The Phone

The spoken word part of Vogue

"I am / Stronger than Mensa / Miller and Mailer / I spat out Plath and Pinter"

The way people got so offended when Instant Karma was used in a Nike ad (does this count? It's not part of the song, but in light of, say, Moby selling every song he's done, ever, it's funny)

Roger Daltrey's entire performance on Baba O'Riley

Alternately, we can use Keith Moon's manic drumming on Happy Jack as our token Who moment

"No, no, no, no, I don't (audible sniff sound) no more, I'm tired of wakin' up on the floor" - comedy records at their best

The opening of Train in Vain

Sid Vicious's version of My Way

The spitting, audible, barely-contained rage on the last chorus of Common People

The chorus of Goody Two Shoes

The bizarrely bored way Brett Anderson says "Ohhh, well, it's for my brother" on The Drowners

The entirety of The Safety Dance

"Oh / Your hair is beautiful / Oh tonight / Tonight"

The chorus of You're So Vain (and Mick's backing vocals)

The entire opening of California Love, plus the line "I'm looking like I robbed Liberace"

"Yo, Humpty, you look like MC Hammer on CRACK"

The bass of You Sexy Thing

"Awwww, ya think you're so pretty-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"

The chorus of Money Ain't A Thing

The fact that Right Said Fred are apparently too sexy for cats

To Sir With Love

The guitars on How Soon Is Now

And, of course, the All Your Base Are Belong To Us song. Duh. Seriously, these are just random moments that came off the top of my head - I think ANY song you enjoy should have a moment like this. I mean, give me another day and I'll give you a pile more. Hell, give me 5 artists I like and I'll give you ten moments each. If a song doesn't have a moment in it, it's useless. Nature of pop.

Ally, Sunday, 11 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i think tom should compile all of the results and make a list, for the freaky trigger one year anniversary!

fred solinger, Sunday, 11 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i said more and i meant more, damn it:

the oral sex lesson in odb's "don't u know"

the riff of "aqualung."

the bit in wire's "a touching display" that begins "i bought a ticket/you took a walk/so much to say/we're unable to talk."

the introduction to yes's "heart of the sunrise."

i'm with bw re the bits from "anarchy in the uk" and "when doves cry."

"gangsta gangsta."

tom keifer's voice.

the moment ian curtis starts screaming in "new dawn fades."

the ending of "good morning captain" nearly justifies the rest of the record.

the orgasm in "love to love you baby."

the introduction to new order's "the village."

the outro of the magnetic fields' "the desperate things you made me do."

the chorus of boston's "peace of mind."

hendrix's take on "the star-spangled banner."

(just for tom): "like a rolling stone."

the french horn on the beatles' "for no one."

teenage jesus and the jerks -- "orphans."

siouxsie sioux's performance on "playground twist."

the yelps right after the chorus of the dismemberment plan's "what do you want me to say?"

the moment "heroin" gets noisy.

the introduction to the birthday party's "the friend catcher."

the moment where team dresch's "screwing yer courage" gets heavy.

"paranoid" (the song).

"bela lugosi's dead."

the chorus of "never let you go."

the chorus of pulp's "the fear."

sundar subramanian, Sunday, 11 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

no, ally, i hate it too. an ok riff though.

"wonderful tonight" came on the radio at work the other day and i daydreamed of breaking eric clapton's fingers.

sundar subramanian, Sunday, 11 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The "point the fingers at America" line (I think that's it) on The Fall's "English Scheme".

The swell of the vocals on the word "paint-boxxxx" on XTC's "Ballet For A Rainy Day".

The shouts on "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuttin' Ta Fuck Wit'".

Robin Carmody, Sunday, 11 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I think we've all dreamt of breaking ERic Clapton's fingers when Wonderful TOnight comes on...I'm seconding the inclusion of New Dawn Fades, my favorite JD song. However, I want to do a different ODB moment:

"I don't have a problem with you fucking me / But I got a little problem with you NOT fucking me"

A better lyric has never been written, and I am not taking the piss.

Ally, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Also ODB's "I drop science like Cosby's dropping babies" line.

P.E.'s "Welcome to the Terrordome" the whole freaking thing is one extended pop moment.

LTJ Bukem's "Atlantis", after the last "I need you/I want you" sample when the drums suddenly crash in.

Omar, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The thirty seconds after the "it's a cry for survival - for their survival and for *our* survival" sample in Orbital's 'Impact' (particularly the live version on the 'Satan' single).

The one-instrument-at-a-time build-up of Magazine's 'The Light Pours Out Of Me', topped off with Devoto's "Time flies/Time crawls/Like an insect..."

"And when you want to live/How do you start?/Where do you go?/Who do you need to know?" plus coda. The Smiths, 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side'.

The second verse/chorus transition in Nilsson's 'Without You'.

The breath-catching moment (about two-thirds of the way through) in Curd Duca's 'Touch' where, for a second, you expect the sample to play out and reveal its source (is it Doris Day?).

The rising-then-falling melodic motif that appears in Scott Walker's 'Boychild' (what is it? Plucked violin? Guitar? Harp?).

Michael Jones, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1. The bit where the guitar sort of drones and decays and you can't hear the string being plucked on My Bloody Valentine's 'Never Always' (0:09, 0:47, 1:23, 2:16, 3:18).

2. The 5 seconds of backwards keyboard halfway (starts at 2:37) through nand's 'sonic primrose'.

3. The line about the trouts (1:26) in the second verse of Paul McCartney's 'Gone Fishin''.

4. The way Dudley sings the line about the ball (0:25 and repeated at 1:59) on the Magnetic Fields' 'I Fell For A Fourth-Rate Football Star'.

5. The way Bono croons 'So, this is America / America...' (2:05) in U2's 'Gambling In Las Vegas, Nevada'.

6. The bit where the bouncy drums suddenly appear below Mark's voice as he sings 'I am gay and nor are you / Let's go for an interview' (0:32) in 'Ungay World' by Rocazza.

7. The strange industrial sounds, something like a spinning jenny, halfway (2:20, till 2:28) through the Jacobite Screenprinters' 'Keelhauling'.

8. When 'I'll Stand By You (Though You're A Motorway)' by les Troussés seems to end, and to fade into the infinity of an A-road night, and suddenly (3:47) the strings start to swirl again, and the bells and keyboards all converge for one last finale which is vast yet delicate.

9. The way Stephin Merritt sings the not-really-rhyming couplet about 'tulle' and 'alcool' (0:36-0:42) on the Pines' 'Des Aventures a Calais'.

10. The way that, for one second only (1:19), the guitar solo seems to go ineptly out of tune on 'Glasgow I Love Ye' by the Care Bears.

11. The piano break (1:38) in the Five Aegis' 'Your Bottomless Whimsy'.

12. The way that Alasdair MacLean's voice goes all breathy (0:45 to 0:56) on the Clientele's 'Rainy Sunday Afternoon'.

the pinefox, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ally: I think you ARE the only person to loathe the coda on Layla.

JM, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Not true. Sundar said so.

Ally, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I cannot second the backgound singing in "I Only Have Eyes For You" enough. That is pure magic.

Another classic moment is the interplay between the two lead synth parts in Orbital's "Adnan's". It's an extraordinarily beautiful moment, particularly before the beat comes back in.

The false ending of "Invasion Of The Gabber Robots" is classic, as well. Good call, Ally.

I'm surprised that no one's mentioned the building mania of "Common People" by Pulp yet.

Dan Perry, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Having fully read Ally's last couple of posts, I now feel like an idiot for not seeing "Common People" in there.

Still, great song...

Dan Perry, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

odb deserves his own moments section:

"rappenin' is what's happenin'" from tha mystery of chessboxin' the screams during the chorus of "baby i got your money" any time he's singing opera in the background

Jake Becker, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'll read everyone else's suggestions soon, but:

The intro of "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor. Rubbish song but what an intro.

Tom, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

hey, you could make a greatest moments section just from odb's verse on 'da mystery of chessboxin' :

'here i go, deep type flow, jacques cousteau could never get this low' - one of the best battle rhymes on the album. the pseudo- soul part ('gotta get up and BEEEE somebody!') is stuck in my head for eternity. and then the vocal-fanfare (dah- dah-DAH! enter the wu-tang zone!'). the breathless shoutout and passing-of- microphone to ghostface ('introducing the...ghost...face...KILLLLLLAHHH!!!..never getttin' iller'). oh man. great.

although, meth's line on 'shame on a nigga' ('i'm better, than my competor, you mean competitor? whatever!') is, on a good day, the best line ever recorded. so it's nice too.

ethan padgett, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i second "just look over your shoulder" in "Reach Out", as well as "Gangsta Gangsta", particularly when the background music stops and Ice Cube comes in saying "I'm the type of nigga that's built to last..."

there are soooo many, but ones that first come to mind are the drum break in the middle of "September Gurls", the way Elvis says "I could talk all ni-i-i-ight" at the beginning of "Oliver's Army", the whole of "Bring the Noise" (don't get me started on PE, way too many moments there), the buildup in between the repeated riff of "Monkey Gone to Heaven" (Pixies -- also too many to list), the way the sample starts and stops in the second verse of "Can I Kick it", when Paul Westerberg goes "come on!" before the second chorus of "I Will Dare"...ahhh...

larmey, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I am ashamed of you, Dan. You KNOW you're supposed to carefully and thoroughly read every word I write, several times over, in order to memorize and be able to recite whenever I ask you to.

Anyhow, some more stuff:

"Set the con-trols for the heart of the pelvis / Haven'tcha heard? My name rhymes with Elllllviissss..."

The "choir" singing on Like a Prayer


The opening of Smells Like Teen Spirit (but nothing else from the song)

The spoken word snippets interjected into Unworthy

The chorus of Hungry Like the Wolf

"I wouldn't mind the rain / I wouldn't feel this pain"

James Bradfield going from girl to HERO ROCKER in .05 seconds on La Tristesse Durera

The monologue ending of For Tomorrow

The guitar riff on Age of Consent

No Diggity (although it almost loses it for the creepy video)

The breakdown in Rosa Parks

Ally, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i can't be alone in thinking "how soon is now?" is one of the worst smiths songs. six minutes of that bo diddly chunk-a-chunk!

the guitar solo in "stairway to heaven." seriously.

the locked groove on _metal machine music_. (listened to side c last night. maybe it should get more than 6/10.)

"it does not matter if we all die."

the opening lines of deep purple's "highway star."

"i think i fucked your girlfriend once, maybe twice. i can't remember. then i fucked all your friends' girlfriends. now they hate you" on big black's _songs about fucking_.

grace slick's performance on "white rabbit."

the riff of iron maiden's "hallowed be thy name."

"and i'm so happy i could cry" in the magnetic fields' "how to say goodbye."

the stooges' "1979."

the beat of swans' "mother, my body disgusts me."

the chorus of r.e.m.'s "carnival of sorts (boxcars)."

the chorus of "shut up (and sleep with me)."

sundar subramanian, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"hello dad, hello mom, ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!"

the chorus of the misfits' "where eagles dare."

sundar subramanian, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Fred: I'm too busy with other birthday stuff but if you compile it I will print it!

And, uh, the breakdown in "One More Time" by D*ft P*nk

Tom, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Tom you bastard!! :) I was going to say 'One More Time' too! Although I would say the historical popmoment is just after the first "One More Time" when the beat comes in, then goes away and then comes back even harder. I actually got a bit misty eyed when I put Discovery on for the first time and heard the song its full glory...praise the gods of Joy and Dance!

Omar, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The guitars on 'Hanging on the Telephone'.

The way 'He's on the phone' and 'Music for girls' stop suddenly near the start then explode. Perfect for dancing like a fool.

The horns on 'Baby Love'.

"One smile from you I'm sure could cure the whole world's ills/I couldn't wait to dream about you so I overdosed on sleeping pills" - Flat On My Back, The Visitors.

The opening of REM's 'Carnival of Sorts'; "Hey!", like a sudden release of breath.

The way Robert Forster goes from "We'll show the world" to "Just not sure.." in the space of 3 lines in 'Before Hollywood'. I could pick almost any moment from the album, actually.

On a similar note, I was thinking about weird/unusual/comedy moments in pop which come off as charming or original. Examples might be Lindy Morrison's strange drum solo in the middle of The Go- Betweens' 'Eight Pictures' (the rest of the song has virtually no drums), the honking horn in the Vaselines' 'Molly's Lips' or the whistling on Glo-Worm's cover of 'Downtown'. Any other examples which are great or just rubbish?

And yes, 'How Soon Is Now?' is possibly the most overrated song in history. And I don't say that very often.

Ally C, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the beata rriving in Krafwerk's 'Europe Endless' - internationalism in pop music, Europeanism in pop music Omar's bit from 'virginia plain' every second of Bowie's 'young americans', 'station to station' staring to roar. "i've loved, i've loved needed love, sordid details following..." "I LIKE BIG BUTTS, I CANNOT LIE..." the final chorus of the 1997 remix of iggy's 'search and destroy' which no speakers can handle oh, this is impossible.

matthew james, Wednesday, 14 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link


On Tues, March 13, news emerged from Glasgow (Scotland) that there was a possibility that the Smiths' 'How Soon Is Now?' was the most overrated record ever.

There was speculation overnight that Smiths prices would tumble, leaps of despair would be taken, Western plans shelved. Whole aesthetics could be wiped out.

On Weds 14 March news arrived from London (England) that the scare had been false. There was in fact no danger, said a spokesperson for the University of London, that 'How Soon Is Now?' was the most overrated record ever.

Reuters [Stephan]

the pinefox, Wednesday, 14 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The repeated line "Echo Beach, faraway in time" at the end of Martha & The Muffins' "Echo Beach".

Patrick, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link


I must say, the number one in that list came as a bit of a surprise.

Nick Greenfield, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

'An' I don't care' on The Stooges 'Dirt' Stuart Staples - 'well,I could try' on 'Ballad of Tindersticks' 'third verse, same as the first' - on some Violent Femmes song Kevin Salmon's tremelo arm frenzy on Stump's 'Tupperware Stripper' 'Ice executioner - E pull the lever' on Ice T's ' Im your Pusher' meandering bassline on Led Zep's 'Lemon Song' humongous riff lurching in on Metallica's 'Thing that should not be' Vengaboyz -'If you want to party,c'mon and shake your body' Intro shouting on Master Fuol's 'Watcha' WHEN MY MATE TONY THREW HIS GHETTO BLASTER OUT OF A WINDOW IN DISGUST HALFWAY THRU DAFT PUNK'S 'DISCOVERY'

Geordie Racer, Wednesday, 28 March 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sorry 'Punk executioner' it shoulda been. Also forgot about the great bit when the guitar breaks into the intro on PIL's 'Public Image',ABC's 'Martin,do you ever'etc on 'The Look of Love', Marc Almond's whistling on'Mr Sad', when Eno's wurbly synth solos on 'Kings Lead Hat', lyric - 'Bitch looked like Anne Widdecome,was so drunk I gave her one' on Felonius Chunkz 'Beaver Inferno',and who can think of 'Mr Loverman 'without saying ' Shabba' in a dodgy accent .The moment wnen out clubbin', realised that the camp dance track I was dancing badly to was Danny Tenaglia's version of Front 242's 'Headhunter'.

Geordie racer, Thursday, 29 March 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
I am reviving this thread so I can post to it tomorrow, ok?

Cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 28 June 2003 22:56 (seventeen years ago) link

six years pass...


♪♫(●̲̲̅̅̅̅=̲̲̅̅̅̅●̲̅̅)♪♫ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 19:18 (ten years ago) link

nine years pass...

the "well so could anyone" rejoinder in "fairytale of new york"

calumy (rip van wanko), Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:39 (one year ago) link

Spit it out Cozen, we can't wait all day

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:51 (one year ago) link

for the twunts who were dissing side 2 of Disintegration:

the final two cymbal crashes in "Homesick"

calumy (rip van wanko), Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:59 (one year ago) link

this thread should’ve been longer.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 18 January 2019 00:27 (one year ago) link

each time Sarah Cracknell sings "yes!" in Saint Etienne's He's On the Phone

the little gasp Nina Persson does after the chorus of The Cardigans' "Erase & Rewind"

whenever Sophie Ellis Bextor asks "why does it feel so good?" on Groovejet

boxedjoy, Friday, 18 January 2019 09:26 (one year ago) link

the sound of a finger being popped in someone's cheek in "Groove Is In The Heart"

the guitar solo in "Buffalo Stance"

the first vocal notes in Robyn S' "Show Me Love"

boxedjoy, Friday, 18 January 2019 09:28 (one year ago) link

each time Sarah Cracknell sings "yes!" in Saint Etienne's He's On the Phone

― boxedjoy, Friday, January 18, 2019 9:26 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You'll like the remix, then...

Mark G, Friday, 18 January 2019 12:03 (one year ago) link

the excessive and camp Motiv8 one? that is a favourite yes

boxedjoy, Friday, 18 January 2019 12:14 (one year ago) link

The crack in Merry Clayton's voice on the final "Rape, murder!" in "Gimme Shelter", and Mick's(?) "whoo!" right after.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 18 January 2019 12:29 (one year ago) link

The organ solo on Deep Purple's "Fireball".

ArchCarrier, Friday, 18 January 2019 12:30 (one year ago) link

James Brown to saxophonist Robert McCullough on "Super Bad, part 2": "Blow me some TRANE, brother!"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 18 January 2019 15:19 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

the bit in Strike's "U Sure Do" when she sings the big "whoaaaaah" note

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:12 (eight months ago) link

the pause in Propaganda's P-Machinery before she sings "...installed by the machine..."

the power chords in the middle of the Prisoners' Thinking of You (Broken Pieces)

the introduction to Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke

the backward instrumental section in Pink Floyd's See Emily Play

Van Morrison's scatting on You Don't Pull No Punches but You Don't Push the River

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:43 (eight months ago) link

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.