Reading the debate about listening to songs vs whole albums got me thinking: what if we took the short-attention span thing to the extreme.... to the point where single sound snippets is all we listened to??
Here are some that would be on my playlist:
- Harrison's opening 12-string guitar chord on "A Hard Day's Night"
- Robert Plant yelling "Suck" just before Page's solo on "Communication Breakdown"
- Roger Daltrey's scream at 4:28 on "Won't Get Fooled Again"
- The Righteous Bros "Unchained Melody" when Bobby Hatfield goes up about three octaves on the word "Need" when he sings "I NEED your love"
- the opening drum hit on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"
- Steve Howe's harmonics on the second sound at the beginning of Yes' "Roundabout"
- Eddie Vedder's tortured screaming "Myyyy....hine....." in "Black" at the end of the line "...why can't it be mine"
The radio tuning that dials in the opening phrase of Wish You Were Here.
The radio tuning that dials in the opening of "Around the Dial" by The Kinks
Yeah, we could have a whole thread on just that, songs that open with AM radio tuning. That great closer "Gasoline Horseys" from the first Sparklehorse album was another fun one that starts out with a highly distorted transistor radio sound and then kind of like Pink Floyd's fisbowl song it morphs into a very nice sounding full bodied, high fidelity first class travelling set as he gradually turns off the distortion machines.
But speaking of Sparklehorse, one of my favorite moments is in their song "Cow", which heads right off into Neil Young and Crazy Horse guitar territory as processed through the warped mind and electronics of Mark Linkous, with a string of cryptic fragmented images, finally ending with one of the most poignant images ever in, "pretty girl, milkin' a cow, oh yeah." Gets me everytime.
That and Bjork, at the end of the "throwing everything off the cliff" song (Hyperballad), when she gradually turns off the electronics until finally exposing just the cello and viola. Beautiful ending.
And Ex Lion Tamer will probably back me on this, but I always loved the ice clinking in the glasses and the coin spinning on the table at the beginning of "Alice In Wonderland" (I think, pretty sure it's at the beginning of side 2) on that great Sunday At The Village Vanguard session with the Bill Evans trio. Really gives the recording a foundation and atmosphere to hear the room sounds in three dimensions like that. Puts you in the room.
The phase shifted drum solo in Queen's Sheer Heart Attack, News of The World.
"And the meek shall inherit the Earth" from Rush 2112
"Stranger in this town" P.F.'s Young Lust, The Wall.
The opening few notes from Yes' Roundabout.
"Come on Dave. Give me a Break" Van Halen Mean Streets.
WARNING! - The Surgeon General has determined that, time spent listening to music is not deducted from one's lifespan.