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Best Album Openers?

Postby SatAnpu » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:45 am UTC

Personally Black Dog on Led Zeppelin IV and Custard Pie on Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin are really powerful openers. Black Dog is such a classic with enough musical variation (albeit slight) to keep me interested for all 4 minutes and 58 seconds. And Custard Pie is dirty. Period. Both make you want to get up and movie and get you jazzed for the album.

What are your thoughts?

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:49 am UTC

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Postby Cai » Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:08 am UTC

Almost all Bright Eyes album openers are pretty good for the tone of the record.

Specifically, though, my favorite album openers are..

Dramamine - Modest Mouse (This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About)

Someone Has His Fingers Broken - Black Eyes (Black Eyes)

Goin' Against Your Mind - Built to Spill (You In Reverse)

3030 - Deltron (Deltron 3030)

Single Again - Fiery Furnaces (EP)

Get Innocuous! - LCD Soundsystem (Sounds of Silver)

To Defy The Laws of Tradition - Primus (Frizzle Fry)

Seventeen Years - Ratatat (Ratatat)

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Postby ChooChoo » Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:42 am UTC

The Mars Volta's "De-Loused in the Comatorium" has an extraordinarily powerful intro. The way "Son Et Lumiere" flows into "Inertiatic ESP" with an explosion is just... awesome.

Also, The Fratellis' "Costello Music" opens pretty powerfully with the incredibly catchy "Henrietta."

Oh, and of course, Cursive's "The Ugly Organ" opening with "The Ugly Organist" going into "Some Red Handed Slight of Hand" is pretty epic.

"Brainstorm" starts off the Arctic Monkeys' "Favourite Worst Nightmare" nicely.

"March Into the Sea" is a powerful intro to Modest Mouse's "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank."

The Starting Line - Based on a True Story: "Making Love to the Camera"

Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This To Memory: "Attractive Today"

Motion City Soundtrack - I Am The Movie: "The Future Freaks Me Out"

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Don't You Fake It: "In Fate's Hands"

Priestess - Hello Master: "I Am The Night, Colour Me Black"

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade: "The End."

I listed more than I thought I would. Oh well.
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Postby taggedunion » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:31 am UTC

They Might Be Giants - The Spine - Experimental Film (featured on Homestar Runner) -- peppy but nicely weird song that fits in with TMBG's whimsical music & lyrics

She Wants Revenge - (self-titled) - Red Flags and Long Nights -- Driving, dark-ish, very rock/goth/house, and starts off well into their highschool notebook poetry lyrics

Project 86 - Truthless Heroes - Little Green Men -- A lot better to start off with a fast riff leading into a fast song, rather than, say, the slow build of the intro of their self-titled album. Also sets the very anti-corporate tone of the album

U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - Vertigo -- Finally! a band's famous single is the first song

TMBG - Dial-a-Song - Disc 1 - Birdhouse In Your Soul -- very happy pop song with completely unfathomable but singalong-to lyrics

Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism - New Year -- so... Northwestern... so... bittersweet... so... awesome

Blink-182 - (self-titled) - Feeling This -- great song to make other people wonder what the hell you are dancing/air-guitaring to in your car

Blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket - Rock Show -- anthemic song of teenage love -- what's not to love?
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Postby damienthebloody » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:20 am UTC

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I like this topic.

King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King - 21st Century Schizoid Man. I have a friend who argues that this is the first metal riff ever. Damn, it's amazing.

Led Zeppelin - 4 - Black Dog. You know you love it.

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath. Oh...yeah.The End is Motherfucking Nigh.

Pretty much every album by Enslaved begins with something amazing - in particular, the slow build of 793 - Slaget Om Lindisfarne from Eld, and the earth shaking chords of Storre En Tyd, Tyngre En Natt from Mardraum.

Radiohead - Kid A - Everything in it's right place. It really feels as perfect as the title suggests.

Massive Attack - Mezzanine - Angel...wow.

Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair - Shout...bit of a departure, this one, but damn, talk about a huge awesome song to start things off with.

Opeth - Still Life - the Moor...one of the best executed buildups into a song I have ever heard. And it's a wonderful album.

Cryptopsy - ...And then You'll beg - And then It passes. It's like suddenly getting punched from the front and then from the back and then set on fire all at once. Pure adrelanine fuels the next few minutes of the first song. It's amazing.

Mazzy Star - So Tonight that I Might See - Fade into You...one of the most perfect songs I know. The album just steps out, confident and serene, but dark and reserved at the same time. Really sets the tone for the whole thing.

U2 - The Joshua Tree - Where the Streets have No Name...when the 'singles 80-90' compilation came out, this song was used to advertise it on tv, and my brother remarked that it was one of the few songs that you could get away with using only the first few bars of, before the drums begin, anytihng...just the warm keyboard line as a backdrop to the Edge's sparkling rhythm guitar part, fading into the song. Amazing, really.

oh dear. I could do this for days.
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Postby Sunshine » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:26 pm UTC

Rammstein - Reise Reise - Reise Reise.

It starts with sailors chanting in unison, with music gradually building in the background, until it CLIMAXES INTO EPIC ROCK. And then it never really comes back down from that level of energy. I love it.

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Postby haveblue » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:46 pm UTC

Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - The Glass Prison

Starts off with static/fuzz/rain, then a bell, then a sweet bass riff for a bit, very soothing. Then the drums and guitar and it picks up into a fast paced metal ballad. One of my favorite thirteen minutes of recorded music.
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Postby Clumpy » Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:41 pm UTC

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife Part 3 (The Crane Wife)
Mr. Bungle - Sweet Charity (California)
System of a Down - Prison Song (Toxicity)
Weezer - My Name is Jonas (Blue Album)

And I'm with ChooChoo on "Brianstorm".

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Postby Jack21222 » Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:02 pm UTC

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All That Remains - This Calling (Fall of Ideals)
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Postby djn » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:27 am UTC

Sunshine wrote:Rammstein - Reise Reise - Reise Reise.

It starts with sailors chanting in unison, with music gradually building in the background, until it CLIMAXES INTO EPIC ROCK. And then it never really comes back down from that level of energy. I love it.


I can only second this. It is everything an opening track could want to be.

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Postby ChooChoo » Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:06 am UTC

Clumpy wrote:System of a Down - Prison Song (Toxicity)
Weezer - My Name is Jonas (Blue Album)


And I'm with you on these two.

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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:18 am UTC

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Postby Ben The Fantastic » Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:00 am UTC

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

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Postby damienthebloody » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:29 am UTC

Clumpy wrote:Mr. Bungle - Sweet Charity (California)
Weezer - My Name is Jonas (Blue Album)

How could I forget? Love them both.
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Postby LSK » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:51 am UTC

Oh, man, I completely missed this thread.

The very best album opening that I have ever heard is Devo's "Stuck in a Loop" from their 8th album, Smooth Noodle Maps.

What makes that especially weird are the following:

- The album itself is horrid. There are only two good songs out of 11.

- Stuck in a Loop is not one of those two good songs. The bridge is the worst part.

Still, give it a listen if you have a chance - it's a great example of how to musically open an album (only to have it crash and burn)

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Postby lowbrass » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:37 am UTC

The Birth and Death of the Day - Explosions in the Sky, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone: this track is fucking epic. Right off the bat it starts off with a high energy mini-explosion, upon which aural ecstasy coalesces around it.

Around the World - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication: there's nothing like the sound of Flea fucking shredding on bass as a greeting to your ears for this album.

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Postby lowbrass » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:38 am UTC

Jack21222 wrote:All That Remains - This Calling (Fall of Ideals)


I was also totally going to say that.

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Postby Jesse » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:48 am UTC

"The Beginning After The End" - Stars, "In Our Bedroom After The War".

A slow build-up of a repetetive melody, slowly a new instrument joins in and you just feel slightly euphoric, and it ends on a poem:

"Oh the blood and the treasure,
And the losing it all.
The time that we wasted
And the place where we fall.
Will we wake in the morning
And know what it was for?
Up in our bedroom,
After the war."

Absolutely spot-on.

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Postby Sprocket » Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:17 pm UTC

"Fight Test" - The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
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Postby schrodingersduck » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:51 pm UTC

Take A Bow - Muse (Black Holes and Revalations)
Like Eating Glass - Bloc Party (Silent Alarm)
Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors - Editors (An End Has A Start)

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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:07 pm UTC

the hold steady - the hold steady almost killed me - positive jam

the microphones - mount eerie - the sun

lightning bolt - wonderful rainbow - hello morning into assassins

joy division - substance - warsaw

the unicorns - who will cut our hair when we're gone - i don't want to die

spoon - girls can tell - everything hits at once

stone temple pilots - core - dead and bloated
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Postby Kaelri » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:09 pm UTC

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

Once by Blackfield on Blackfield II.

Fake Empire by The National on Boxer.

Ribcage by Elbow on Cast of Thousands
Station Approach by Elbow on Leaders of the Free World

The Feeling Begins by Peter Gabriel on Passion
The Rhythm of the Heat by Peter Gabriel on Security
Darkness by Peter Gabriel on Up

Blackest Eyes by Porcupine Tree on In Absentia
Lightbulb Sun by Porcupine Tree on Lightbulb Sun
Fear of a Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree on Fear of a Blank Planet

Airbag by Radiohead on OK Computer

A Thousand Years by Sting on Brand New Day

All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands by Sufjan Stevens on Seven Swans
Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid) by Sufjan Stevens on Michigan

And if you'll permit the unconventional inclusion of game soundtracks:

Time's Scar by Yasunori Mitsuda on the Chrono Cross OST

Liberi Fatali by Nobuo Uematsu on the Final Fantasy VIII OST

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Postby SkaBassist » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:19 am UTC

Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen off of Thunder Road

Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye off of Let's Get it On

Everything Went Numb by Streetlight Manifesto off of Everything Goes Numb

Sell Out by Reel Big Fish off of Turn the Radio Off

Catamaran by Bear Vs. Shark off of Terrorhawk

Satan is My Motor by Cake off of Prolonging the Magic

Petty Problems by Defiance, Ohio off of The Great Depression

The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song by The Flaming Lips off of At War with the Mystics

Here's Your Future by The Thermals off of The Body, The Blood, and the Machine

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Postby Phi » Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:23 am UTC

Sunshine wrote:Rammstein - Reise Reise - Reise Reise.

It starts with sailors chanting in unison, with music gradually building in the background, until it CLIMAXES INTO EPIC ROCK. And then it never really comes back down from that level of energy. I love it.


See, I was, at first, going to post:
Ben the fantastic wrote:Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

However, you reminded me of a song that makes me feel like more of a man each time I listen to it. It's like a self-esteem booster song, I swear.

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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:40 am UTC

Everything Zen - Bush from Sixteen Stone

Just perfect for what follows methinks

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Postby damienthebloody » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:30 am UTC

whoa! Edna!

haven't seen you around here in aaaaaaages.

Nice to have you back :D
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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:42 am UTC

What ho! :)


Yeah I haven't been on the forum for a while just reading the comics on the sly at work, but todays made me log in, and now I am back :)

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Postby damienthebloody » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:54 am UTC

W00T!

Good to hear. are you married yet?
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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:56 am UTC

Tomorrow afternoon :)

The comic freaked me out a bit this morning

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Postby damienthebloody » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:46 pm UTC

I can imagine.

Even still, Congratulations and Good luck, my man. :D
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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:57 pm UTC

Thank you :)

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Postby nyeguy » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:30 pm UTC

Queen - A Night at the Opera - Death On Two Legs
Rush - 2112 - 2112 (Well, this is also half the album, so not the best example)
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Postby Clumpy » Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:42 am UTC

Referencing Rammstein:

It's like a self-esteem booster song, I swear.


The band has a weird ability to make you strut around and feel cool, while undoubtedly looking the part of the chump to passersby. "Benzin" on Rosenrot wasn't such a bad one either.

Yeah - the Flaming Lips are good at killer openers, way back from "Hit to Death in the Future Head". The "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" song wasn't a bad opener, but then "Free Radicals" came in and killed any momentum the album could have gotten. The third track just fired the final bullet.

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Postby B.C. » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:56 pm UTC

Early Metallica albums (Kill 'em All through ...And Justice For All) all have fantastic opening tracks.

A bit formulaic (they're all machine gun style thrash guitar openers), but they get your blood flowing and your head banging. My favorites would have to be Battery off Master of Puppets and Fight Fire with Fire off of Ride the Lightning.

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Postby Dostoevsky » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:40 pm UTC

Neutral Milk Hotel- On Avery Island- Song against Sex
Velvet Underground- VU and Nico- Sunday Morning
Pavement- Slanted and Enchanted- Summer Babe (winter)
Beatles- The Beatles- Back in The USSR

all of those are awesome songs

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Postby Anomie » Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:27 pm UTC

Benzin from Rosenrot, most definately. I love walking through my little suburban town feeling like i'm laying waste to huge swathes of land.
I also agree with Fight Test by The Flaming Lips.
Apart from that...

Untitled #1- ( ) - Sigur Rós
2+2=5 - Hail To The Thief- Radiohead and Airbag from OK Computer
Helena - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge- My Chemical Romance
Dead Flag Blues- F#A#oo - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Newborn- Origin of Symmetry - Muse and Apocalypse Please from Absolution

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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:05 pm UTC

Dostoevsky wrote:Velvet Underground- VU and Nico- Sunday Morning
Pavement- Slanted and Enchanted- Summer Babe (winter)


oh man i was going to mention those both
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Postby Dostoevsky » Thu Sep 06, 2007 12:34 am UTC

thats cause theyre awesome!
i also should have mentioned 2+2=5

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