All Downhill from Here...instances where an artist peaked with the first song on their first album

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Apologies if this has been done before. There's probably a lot of examples, but the most obvious one I can think of is:

Patti Smith - Gloria

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Saturday, 27 May 2006 22:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the "piss factory" single predated horses.

helix aspersa (Jody Beth Rosen), Saturday, 27 May 2006 22:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Has Jonathan Richman ever topped Roadrunner?

I think not.

Jeff K (jeff k), Saturday, 27 May 2006 22:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

^^^^^RIGHT ON

gbx (skowly), Saturday, 27 May 2006 23:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"--Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

HooSteen, Saturday, 27 May 2006 23:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

House of Love - "Christine"

Sexy MFA (Hexy M.F.), Saturday, 27 May 2006 23:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

REM "Radio Free Europe", "Murmur" version.

sleeve (sleeve), Saturday, 27 May 2006 23:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Crime: Hot Wire my Heart. Granted, it's just their first 7", and they never did a real record.

Shoes say, yeah, no hands clap your good bra. (goodbra), Saturday, 27 May 2006 23:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Stiff Little Fingers -- "Alternative Ulster"

hector savage, Saturday, 27 May 2006 23:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Obvlivious", Aztec Camera

"Uh-oh, Love Has Come To Town", Talking Headers

mynci madness, Sunday, 28 May 2006 00:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^Talking Heads??? Umm, no.

Fugazi - "Waiting Room", while I love the majority of their catalog, this is undenaibly their peak, and it was the first song on their first EP...

Earl Gray, Sunday, 28 May 2006 03:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Bjork - "Birthday" by the Sugarcubes. Easy.

xhuxk, Sunday, 28 May 2006 03:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

But but but that's not the first song on that album.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 28 May 2006 04:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

all the money is nice and warm now why because Chuck is ON THE MONEY

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Sunday, 28 May 2006 04:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think the general point is "the first time anybody ever fucking heard of the band was also their best moment" eh Ned

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Sunday, 28 May 2006 04:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yes but the thread title being very specific, I must be a stickler for the forms.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 28 May 2006 04:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

bjork - debut

1 trik pomy w/ diminishing returns

joey deacon, Sunday, 28 May 2006 05:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

GUNS N'ROSES - Welcome to the Jungle
LL Cool J - I Can't Live Without My Radio

nicky lo-fi (nicky lo-fi), Sunday, 28 May 2006 06:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If EPs are discounted, "Bone Machine" (a lot of people wont agree)
if eps are counted, "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" is arguably the greatest Burma trak. "Do The DU" was the first track on the first a certain ratio cassette too.

tonyD (noiseyrock), Sunday, 28 May 2006 06:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Joy Division
The Doors

Gravity Grave and A Man Called Sun are the two best Verve songs, and are tracks 1 & 2 from their first EP

DougD (DougD), Sunday, 28 May 2006 08:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Album 1, Side 1, Track 1

a.b. (alanbanana), Sunday, 28 May 2006 08:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hah, the guy that started that thread listed Patti Smith first as well.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Sunday, 28 May 2006 08:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Council behind the origin of this thread wasn't counting EPs when it nominated Patti Smith. The Council also early singles, Internet-only leaks, live bootlegs, guitar lessons from junior high, singing practice from boy scounts, etc. Just first song from first long playing LP.

With that said...Throwing Muses: Call Me certainly counts. Does there exist a better Throwing Muses song than that? Undoubtedly no.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Sunday, 28 May 2006 14:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Crosby, Stills & Nash -- Never better (certainly under than name) than "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"

Vornado, Sunday, 28 May 2006 14:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"than"->"that"

Vornado, Sunday, 28 May 2006 14:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this thread brings out the dumb

fandango (fandango), Sunday, 28 May 2006 15:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Well, if I thought "Father cannot yell" was the best Can track, would that then qualify for this thread?

mark grout (mark grout), Sunday, 28 May 2006 15:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There's something about the thread concept I find enjoyably amusing, I think it's because I'm imagining a band or musician going in wanting to record something fantastic and then purposefully aiming to aim downward from there on in.

"There, we did it! NOW FUCK YOU, FANS." (triple live album CDR of stoned complaints to follow)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 28 May 2006 15:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Can peaked sometime around "Future Days", and Joy Division did so posthumously.

Shoes say, yeah, no hands clap your good bra. (goodbra), Monday, 29 May 2006 02:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

still <3 them and I am completely discounting a couple of low-key Denmark-only albums but Mew is sadly a valid answer to this question

alien vs the smiths (country matters), Saturday, 19 September 2009 20:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

I would also like to nominate King Crimson, because hey sure Starless was great but c'mon they only did one song which truly took a clawhammer to the face of music

alien vs the smiths (country matters), Saturday, 19 September 2009 20:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

(no, 'The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum' does not take a clawhammer to the face of music)

alien vs the smiths (country matters), Saturday, 19 September 2009 20:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

The Cooper Temple Clause! Anyone remember them? Yeah they did this too. Final tracks on each of their first two albums push it close, but really, Did You Miss Me is the pinnacle of all they stood for

alien vs the smiths (country matters), Saturday, 19 September 2009 21:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

I was about to start a thread on this and thought better of it. Search & find.

Hoodoo Gurus - "I Want You Back"

The idea that this has happened to anyone, let alone a number of relatively famous acts, is pretty depressing.

skip, Friday, 27 August 2010 03:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

And of course, I'm wrong that it was the first song on the first album--only on the American CD. Awesome.

skip, Friday, 27 August 2010 03:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

there are days when i'd say the clash "janie jones." there are other days when i wouldn't.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 27 August 2010 03:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

i want you back was track 2 on the original sequencing

i prefer tojo on that LP anyway

the mandelbrot cassette (electricsound), Friday, 27 August 2010 03:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not many bands can boast a song better than Janie Jones. The fact that The Clash have several speaks volumes.

Sleigh Bells - Tell 'Em

kornrulez6969, Friday, 27 August 2010 04:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

i want you back was track 2 on the original sequencing

whoops i see you already mentioned that

the mandelbrot cassette (electricsound), Friday, 27 August 2010 04:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's hard to do this, but since EPs and singles don't really count on this thread:

Pavement - Summer Babe

kornrulez6969, Friday, 27 August 2010 04:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

^Speaking Truth to Power^

FRESH MEAT (MFB), Friday, 27 August 2010 09:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles (I am actually serious - by far my favourite Beatles song)

sonofstan, Friday, 27 August 2010 21:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored

mein voight-kampff (corey), Friday, 27 August 2010 21:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Did the Damned top "Neat, Neat, Neat"?

Cunga, Friday, 27 August 2010 22:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Interpol
Seam

Olde Executioner 8hundo (Eazy), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Feelies (not a dip after the first song, but not a rise either)

Olde Executioner 8hundo (Eazy), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha interpol. very nearly. but the first song on that album probably isn't quite the best.

charlie h, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 23:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

It really is, though.

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah Joy Division definitely! Good call.

piscesx, Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha, i was about to say that about only shallow!

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

am also a fan of Vow and Only Happy When It Rains tbh

acoleuthic, Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Mercury Rev - Chasing a Bee

now they know how many holes it takes to ban buffandmaxsmom (Pillbox), Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't stake too much on it, but I was listening to "Re-make/Re-model" today and wondering if it was the best thing Roxy Music ever did. Close, if not.

DJ Smoove Groothe (staggerlee), Sunday, 23 October 2011 02:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Le Tigre - Deceptacon

all the other twinks with their fucked up dicks (billy), Sunday, 23 October 2011 02:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Big Country - 'In A Big Country'

Turrican, Sunday, 23 October 2011 03:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Neu! (first thing I thought of for this thread)
agreed on King Crimson, "Starless" and "Epitaph" are close but "Schizoid" is going to be the band's legacy
post-puberty Michael Jackson ("Don't Stop Till You Get Enough")
Telex - "Moscow Discow"

frogbs, Sunday, 23 October 2011 06:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

Radiohead.

foxes freud (Leee), Sunday, 23 October 2011 16:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Jesus and Mary chain

public static Session currentSession (John Lennon), Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Saints - (I'm) Stranded

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mudhoney - Touch Me, I'm Sick

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Elvis Presley

public static Session currentSession (John Lennon), Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

I'm not sure The Fall isn't a valid answer. I mean, it's been 36 years of sustained brilliance but at the start of it all lurks 'Frightened', always there, always peering out at us

avant-garde, sissy bounce, zombie rave, aquacrunk, warlock, oceangrunge, (imago), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 14:33 (three years ago) Permalink

Leonard Cohen – "Suzanne"

schlep and back trio (anagram), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 14:56 (three years ago) Permalink

'Blues Run the Game', Jackson C Frank

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 15:03 (three years ago) Permalink

definitely Gillian Welch, "Orphan Girl"

more contentiously, the Velvets with "Sunday Morning"

schlep and back trio (anagram), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 15:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Stiff Little Fingers -- "Alternative Ulster"
― hector savage, Sunday, 28 May 2006 00:59 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Hey poster from 2006, did you mean Suspect Device or were you just wrong on the internet?

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 15:09 (three years ago) Permalink

the dovers

dynamicinterface, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 15:47 (three years ago) Permalink

how about Martha and the Muffins "Echo Beach"

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 15:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Vehemently disagree about Welch. Nearly everything on the next 2 albums slays me in a way that nothing on Revival (great as it is) does.

hardcore dilettante, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 17:12 (three years ago) Permalink

The Twilight Sad, Scottish shoegaze band.

First song is great, next two are also great but follow the exact same formula, everything else on Fourteen Autumns... sounds like diminishing returns of the same thing, as does the entire second album, after that even more boring indie-schmindie

ultros ultros-ghali, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 19:57 (three years ago) Permalink

^^^^^otm

avant-garde, sissy bounce, zombie rave, aquacrunk, warlock, oceangrunge, (imago), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 19:58 (three years ago) Permalink

The third track is my favourite tho

avant-garde, sissy bounce, zombie rave, aquacrunk, warlock, oceangrunge, (imago), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 19:58 (three years ago) Permalink

I still sometimes listen to that trio of songs occasionally and pretend they just released a single and then gave up and became accountants or whatever

ultros ultros-ghali, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 20:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Aimee Mann--"I Should Have Known"

ellaguru, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 20:45 (three years ago) Permalink

The arc of the Ramones is long, but it heads in a straight line from Blitzkrieg Bop, bending slowly downwards

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 13:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Beyonce - "Crazy in Love"
(arguably, although this is not my favourite song by her).

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 13:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Same for Britney with "Baby one more time".

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 13:57 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

You could make a case for Violent Femmes with "Blister in the Sun." There are other songs on that record I'm more inclined to want to hear but that may be conditioned by the utter inescapability of "Blister."

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 28 December 2015 04:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Led Zeppelin

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 28 December 2015 16:36 (two years ago) Permalink

while i do not agree, i know a few people who could make a reasonable argument for the grateful dead here.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 28 December 2015 17:18 (two years ago) Permalink

"Noticeable One" by Missing Persons. whole first album is great though

flappy bird, Monday, 28 December 2015 17:24 (two years ago) Permalink

America: opener 'Riverside' is arguably not the best track on side one, but they definitely peaked with that first side of their first album. An ever-accelerating downhill ride into Blandsville from thereon, I'd say.
Heart - I suppose this depends on whether you prefer 'Magic Man' to 'Crazy on You', but anyway peaked on at least track three of album #1.
OK, here's one that's nailed on: Living Colour - 'Cult of Personality'.

Bloody Snail, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 01:39 (two years ago) Permalink

I know someone who thinks 'Ruckzuck' is the best thing Kraftwerk ever did.

3×5, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:24 (two years ago) Permalink

pretty sure there are at least a few posters here that feel that way about "ruckzuck"

the late great, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:27 (two years ago) Permalink

"Blister In The Sun" is where a band records something so definitive that I wouldn't care less if everyone said that they peaked there and then

Master of Treacle, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Fountains of Wayne - "Radiation Vibe"

Master of Treacle, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Ruckzuck is really cool.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 06:17 (two years ago) Permalink

This thread is even harsher:

Artists whose first single was the best thing they ever did.

Josefa, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 07:40 (two years ago) Permalink

ELO.

new zingland (rushomancy), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 18:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Fountains of Wayne - "Radiation Vibe"

I was about to object, then realized that, while there are probably 15 FoW songs I like almost as much, you're probably right

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 22:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Delays - "Nearer Than Heaven"

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 22:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Raspberries - "Go All the Way"

Lee626, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 08:09 (two years ago) Permalink

ELO.

If you were a Move fan, sure.

Hideous Lump, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Britney Spears OTM

Also agree with Fountains of Wayne

LimbsKing, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Ron Carter with his debut as a band leader- Where album, with Dolphy/Waldron, which is a minor masterpiece. Not really felt much else he did, although Uptown Conversation isn't terrible.

calzino, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 18:33 (two years ago) Permalink

ELO.

If you were a Move fan, sure.

That would explain why I was going to say OTM

Mark G, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 22:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Guns N' Roses?

octobeard, Thursday, 31 December 2015 05:12 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Meek Mill is never going to top Dreams And Nightmares (Intro) is he?

Siegbran, Sunday, 2 December 2018 23:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Enh he's recorded lots of stuff that's at least comparable in quality, if not urgency

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 2 December 2018 23:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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