Musical palate cleanser, opener edition

Back in my college days, I was heavily into buying British import records (thanks, JEM Records!) because I didn’t want to wait to get American releases of acts and artists I followed.  That’s how I got my hands on Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True.  I did the same thing for his follow up, This Year’s Model.

I liked Aim, and figured much the same for Model, so I wasn’t prepared for the shock I got when I dropped the needle on this bad boy.

“No Action” came roaring out of the gate and the album never let up.  It’s one of the greatest opening songs on a rock record.  What are some others you can think of?

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  1. Corde

    Rocks off

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  2. Cynical Dawg

    “One, two, three, FAW!” I Saw Her Standing There.
    The iconic opening chord of A Hard Day’s Night.
    Paul McCartney’s bass on Come Together.

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  3. Atticus

    Baba O’Reilly -Who’s Next
    Welcome to the Jungle-Appetite

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  4. Mary Kate Danaher

    Thunder Road

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  5. Benny D

    Wow! Man, so many that the very first song came roaring outta the gate and the album never let up. Most punch, especially very first listen:

    “Runnin’ with the Devil” – Van Halen

    “Peter Piper” – Run DMC

    “What’s goin’ on” – Marvin Gay

    “Let’s Go Crazy” – Prince

    Honorable mention:
    “Drum Trip” + “Ecstacy” – Rusted Root

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  6. Idlewild Dawg

    Waitin’ for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago
    Sympathy for the devil
    Good Times Bad Times
    Born to be Wild
    Aint Wastin’ Time no More
    The Waiting
    Brown Sugar
    Them Bones
    Help!
    Under a Mountain

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  7. “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”–The Byrds, “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”
    “Lust for Life”–Iggy Pop, “Lust for Life”
    “Search and Destroy”–The Stooges, “Raw Power”
    “Walk On”–Neil Young, “On the Beach”
    “Blue Letter”–Fleetwood Mac, “FM”
    “Second Hand News”–FM, “Rumours”
    “Band on the Run”–Paul McCartney and Wings, “Band on the Run”

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  8. Opelikadawg

    Say what! – Soul to Soul – Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Born With a broken heart – Ledbetter Heights -Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Waiting on the bus – Tres Hombres – ZZ Top
    That Lady – 3+3 – The Isley Brothers

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  9. Tommy

    Down on the Street + Loose: Stooges, Fun House

    Sister Havana: Urge Overkill, Saturation (why these guys weren’t bigger eludes me completely)

    Fanny Dog: Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin (I’d been a fan for about 10 years at this point, so I knew what he was about, but I still wasn’t prepared for the density of sound and instrumentation he threw into this record, and that first song serves notice that this will not be another revered and trebly Fender-driven garage rock affair.

    Refugee -> Here Comes My Girl -> Even the Losers: Tom Petty & Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes. Dude always led with a flourish.

    The Classical: The Fall, Hex Enduction Hour. Mark E. and the lads come out guns blazing with double drums and “hey there f*ck face.” This will not be easy listening.

    Love Comes in Spurts: Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Blank Generation. RIP Robert Quine.

    I Wanna Destroy You: The Soft Boys, Underwater Moonlight. Saw Robyn Hitchcock perform this acoustically in Austin two years ago and it still kicks.

    Radio Free Europe: REM, Murmer. Genius song leading off a genius album.

    1999: Prince, 1999.

    City Kids: Pink Fairies, Kings of Oblivion. I’ve been following the thread of Mick Farren and Larry Wallis with Lemmy through the Deviants, Hawkwind and Motorhead. This one’s a banger.

    Non-Alignment Pact: Pere Ubu, the Modern Dance

    See No Evil: Television, Marquee Moon

    Born Under Punches: Talking Heads, Remain in Light

    You’re Gonna Miss Me: 13th Floor Elevators, The Psychedelic Sounds of …

    Summer Babe: Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted

    Academy Fight Song: Mission of Burma, Signals Calls and Marches

    Overkill: Motorhead, Overkill. Nick Lowe left the producer’s chair with his hands over his hears and Jimmy Miller of Stones fame took over.

    Ramblin’ Rose: MC5, Kick Out the Jams

    Death May Be Your Santa Clause: Mott the Hoople, Brain Capers

    Hole in the Sky: Black Sabbath, Sabotage

    Do You Wanna Dance?: The Beach Boys, Today! The Ramones picked a grand one to cover.

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    • Nashville West

      I love the inclusion of “Do You Wanna Dance ?”, The Beach Boys Today was one of the first albums I ever received. Did you know that the Beach Boys version is also a cover ? Bobby Freeman did the original in 1958. So the Beach Boys also “picked a grand one to cover.”

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  10. Geezus

    Pretenders – “Precious”

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  11. Russ

    I always thought “Good times, Bad times” was an awesome opening to a career.

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  12. Fight Fire with Fire

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  13. BeardDawg

    Pearl Jam- “once”
    Talk about a driving lead-in to an album. I may be biased, as this was the first album I ever spent my own money on….

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  14. FlyingPeakDawg

    Cochise – Audioslave
    Hells Bells – AC/DC
    Stranglehold – Ted Nugent

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  15. Have a Cigar

    Led Zeppelin lV – Black Dog

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  16. WCh

    Janie Jones
    Blitzkrieg Bop
    Break On Through (to the Other Side)

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  17. Harold Miller

    London Calling – The Clash
    Nevermind – Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Gimme Shelter – Beggars Banquet
    Safe European Home – Give Em Enough Rope

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  18. Pedro

    Begin the begin- REM – Life’s Rich pageant

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  19. Dawg Vegas

    Some phenomenal choices above – I always nominate Rocks Off and No Action when this discussion comes around, so I appreciate those already being mentioned. I mean, No Action has always been a grabber, but for me Rocks Off is the greatest album opener out there

    Others worth mentioning: “Making Plans for Nigel” – Drums and Wires, XTC; “O My Soul” – Big Star, Radio City; “Accidents Will Happen” – EC & the Attractions, Armed Forces; “Dance On a Volcano” – Genesis, Trick of the Tail; “The Spirit of Radio” – Rush, Permanent Waves; “Immigrant Song” – Led Zeppelin 3; “Radio Free Europe” – Murmur; R.E.M; “Message in a Bottle” – Regatta de Blanc, The Police;

    I must stop, else I blather on all night.

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