Albums that you know are going to be brilliant within the opening 20 seconds of the first track

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Inspired by Mark Prindle's review of Kid A where he makes a similar 5-second claim, and brought to life by hearing Wire's 154 for the first time. As soon as I heard the opening chord-cycle of "I Should Have Known Better" it hit me just what level the band were operating at.

I don't want "stunning intros" that could be flashes in the pan, I want albums that demonstrate within their opening few seconds a stunning and arresting musical agenda that promise amazing things to come.

restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Presence

Rock Hardy, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Keep It Like a Secret did this for me.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hex Enduction Hr.

GamalielRatsey, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Monster Movie.

Mark G, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Stars of the Lid - And the Refinement of their Decline (honestly, 10 seconds in I knew what I was in for).

Ekkehard Ehlers - Plays

Galaxie 500 - This is Our Music.

Their time's limited, hard rocks, too (mehlt), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Trout Mask Replica, of course.

Trip Maker, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Cure - Disintegration

Funky Buddha Lounge (Curt1s Stephens), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Metal Box

nerve_pylon, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

i can totally hang with trip maker's and curtis' choices

restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nevermind

sonderangerbot, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Millennium - Begin

Stankonia Notch (unregistered), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

on the mouth

mookieproof, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Appetite for Destruction"

Peter "One Dart" Manley (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Moon Safari

Granny Dainger, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Three Feet High and Rising

2for25, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bee Thousand
Born to Run

Kevin Keller, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

i feel in love with Technique immediately. later came to hate Fine Time and more recently fell in love with it again. so, uh, Technique!

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Slanted and Enchanted

kornrulez6969, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dragnet

nerve_pylon, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nation of Millions
Stands for Decibels

WE ARE ALL GEETIKA (PappaWheelie V), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sung Tongs

slagterm, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Kill Em All
Enter the Wu Tang

national oracle BIG HOOS (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Avalon

at once ultrahip and painfully earnest (Euler), Monday, 10 November 2008 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Watery, Domestic

Mr. Que, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Las Vegas
From Here We Go Sublime
Untrue
No Way Down

Treblekicker, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

sung tongs!

poortheatre, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Queen Is Dead, give or take a few seconds

Ismael Klata, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/N.W.A.StraightOuttaComptonalbumcover.jpg

"you are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge."

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder what the quickest one is, subjectivity granting.

restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, 10 November 2008 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

That would surely be Nevermind

Ismael Klata, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

nah it takes almost 10 seconds for the drum entry! sure we can do better than that

restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, 10 November 2008 18:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I knew I was going to love Vitruvian Pan by Thee Majesty ~0.2 seconds into the first track

Funky Buddha Lounge (Curt1s Stephens), Monday, 10 November 2008 18:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sticky Fingers

Ismael Klata, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Exile On Main Street

henry s, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder what the quickest one is, subjectivity granting.

― restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, November 10, 2008 1:28 PM (27 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Opening snare crack and on Highway 61 Revisited

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Led Zeppelin III: well under a second

Ismael Klata, Monday, 10 November 2008 18:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

october rust

the sir weeze, Monday, 10 November 2008 19:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

OK maybe longer than 20 sec but: Paul's Boutique

sexyDancer, Monday, 10 November 2008 19:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh shit there's a rly obvious one that nobody's said yet probably because it is too obvious

restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Out of the Blue?

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

nono it is mbvious than that

hang on where did i put my oreo

restraint and blindness (Just got offed), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Vanilla Ice? No wait, that's reverse oreo...

Pantheism F. Mohair (res), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

no wait, he's a reverse oreo with white cream on the inside too

Pantheism F. Mohair (res), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

a custard cream

ledge, Monday, 10 November 2008 19:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd actually argue that In Utero is a better choice for this than Nevermind.

Pantheism F. Mohair (res), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was going to say that the obvious one is Kick Out The Jams - but that's track two

Ismael Klata, Monday, 10 November 2008 19:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

2112

Have Your Sega (Noodle Vague), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

SIAMESE DREAM?

Pantheism F. Mohair (res), Monday, 10 November 2008 19:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

State Of Grace - Taylor Swift (the Edge-style guitar comes in just under the 20 sec line)

austinb, Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Most recently, Hannah Peel's Awake but Always Dreaming did this to me.

The moment the beat and subsequently Hannah's glorious vocals kick in within the first 15 seconds of All That Matters I was hooked. And the record only got much much better after every track.

octobeard, Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Second Toughest In The Infants

groovypanda, Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Dave Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds

pomenitul, Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh and Alice Coltrane's Journey in Satchidananda.

pomenitul, Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:12 (two months ago) Permalink

More recently whilst on an ECM jag, Rainer Bruninghaus - Continuum

MaresNest, Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Genesis' Duke begins with the powerful, fanfare-like intro of 'Behind the Lines', which has such ferocious drumming from Phil Collins. I know there's people out there that prefer Collins' solo version, but the Genesis original is the one.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Also: Suede - The Blue Hour.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Alice Cooper, "Killer".

Zach Same (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:24 (two months ago) Permalink

This Year's Model

― kornrulez6969, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:39 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this was my first instinct too

nba jungboy (voodoo chili), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Alice Cooper, "Killer".

― Zach Same (Tom D.), Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:24 PM (two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I 110% agree with this. Billion Dollar Babies has 'Hello Hooray' too, which also fits the bill.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Electro-Pura by Yo La Tengo was the quintessential example of this fer me.

good call

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Xp "The Blue Hour"? Really? I never understood the appeal of Suede. Brett Anderson's theatrical mannered way of singing, his lard locke, the grandiose pompous music. Brett, wake up and make some real music like a punk album!

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Kimono My House feels like an obvious example

frogbs, Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^ yeah, that's a great intro: the slow fade in and then Russell's bizarre voice.

Has no one said Remain in Light yet? That big "AH!" followed by the bubbling polyrhythms and the layers of noises...

Freddy "Boom Boom" QAnon (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Liar

I Occasionally Post on ILX (2x5), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Going for some more recent picks here. . .

King Krule — '6 Feet Beneath the Moon'
William Tyler — 'Impossible Truth'
Radiohead — "In Rainbows'

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:54 (two months ago) Permalink

post

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:08 (two months ago) Permalink

meat puppets ii

nba jungboy (voodoo chili), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Ege Bamyasi's another one, talk about just getting down to business

I Get Wet, maybe another obvious example, but yeah you pretty much know right away what you're in store for

frogbs, Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Nirvana - Unplugged

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Eldorado/Out of the Blue/Face the Music/Third Day/Discovery by ELO.
All the classic era Moody Blues albums.
Every Girls Aloud album.
One Step Beyond/Absolutely/Seven/Rise and Fall by Madness.
1000 Years of Trouble by Age of Chance.

I just knew within seconds each album would be perfect for me.
And they have been.
There is something about a consistent production crew and a band that I love.

mark e, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:14 (two months ago) Permalink

New Pornographers, Electric Version

alpine static, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:33 (two months ago) Permalink

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

daavid, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

any solex album

Ross, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:40 (two months ago) Permalink

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

exactly my point.
within seconds you know this is an album that's going to hit the spot.

mark e, Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Ovalprocess
Radian - tg11
Aerial M - s/t

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Pixies - Doolitle

Debaser

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:49 (two months ago) Permalink

bob drake's arx pilosa. "Many years ago - billions actually..." - sold.

dub pilates (rushomancy), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Kraftwerk - Computer World

Took this out from the library c 1986; nodding gladly along to the initial electro perc and bass, then utterly sold when THAT little synth riff came in at 0:15. Still works.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 12 October 2018 09:43 (two months ago) Permalink

John Martyn / Solid Air

fetter, Friday, 12 October 2018 09:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I've heard less than a minute of Current 93's Sleep Has His House and I know this is going to be the best album of all time

― imago, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:40 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

about halfway through this album and loving it

rip van wanko, Friday, 12 October 2018 14:30 (two months ago) Permalink

weezer blue album btw

rip van wanko, Friday, 12 October 2018 14:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Master of Reality.

Blues for the Red Sun.

In A Silent Way.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Friday, 12 October 2018 14:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Copper Blue.

campreverb, Friday, 12 October 2018 15:05 (two months ago) Permalink

I think this factor is what sealed Source Tags and Codes as the breakthrough Trail of Dead album, honestly

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 12 October 2018 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Snakes for the Divine

Duke, Friday, 12 October 2018 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I have a recollection of the 3 big trip hop albums (maxinquaye, dummy, mezzanine) being mindblowing for me when I played them for the first time. Mezzanine in particular but they all tell you what you need to know about what’s ahead in 20 seconds.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:19 (two months ago) Permalink

30 seconds: Leftism

StanM, Friday, 12 October 2018 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Agreed, Moka. Hearing those albums for the first time was transfixing and transformative from the get-go.

pomenitul, Friday, 12 October 2018 16:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Dinosaur jr - You're Living All Over Me

Herb Achelors (NickB), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:30 (two months ago) Permalink

monster magnet god says no

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Friday, 12 October 2018 18:32 (two months ago) Permalink

I think this factor is what sealed Source Tags and Codes as the breakthrough Trail of Dead album, honestly

― wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 12 October 2018 15:36 (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

isn't there a silly intro before 'it was there that i saw you' blows the house up

imago, Friday, 12 October 2018 18:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Straight Outta Compton

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 October 2018 19:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Heh, that one's a classic instance of 'Albums that you know you're never going to get within the opening 20 seconds of the first track' for me.

pomenitul, Friday, 12 October 2018 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

first one to mind is from the choirgirl hotel

lowercase (eric), Friday, 12 October 2018 19:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Breeders' "Last Splash"

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 October 2018 19:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Copper Blue.

aye

mookieproof, Friday, 12 October 2018 20:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 October 2018 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink


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