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    Default Favorite Opening Track(s)

    For me it would have to be "Disorder" by Joy Division. What's yours?

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    One's gotta be Angel by Massive Attack on their amazing Mezzanine album.

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    Wow, my first thoughts coming into this thread were Unknown Pleasures and Blue Lines.

    Hmmm, so many...

    Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Accidents Will Happen (Armed Forces)
    Cocteau Twins - Cherry-Coloured Funk (Heaven Or Las Vegas)
    Love - Alone Again Or (Forever Changes)
    Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (same title as album)

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    I am always delighted to fire up Pearl Jam's Vitalogy with its opening song, "Last Exit." It frames the album, along with the last song "Immortality," like two bookends. The song is full of playful energy and does not come on too strong, yet has a catchy driving beat. The lyrics are coy and clever.

    A strong opener off the top of my head is "Piano Man" off of Ghostland Observatory's album Paparazzi Lightning. It pulls no punches right off the bat and is a great headfirst dive into that GO sound.

    Also, since Rolling Stone named "Everything in Its Right Place" off of Kid A by Radiohead, I'll mention it here. It is indeed a good introduction to the sound of Radiohead in their Kid A/Amnesiac era.

    I also like Beth Orton's "Stolen Car" from Central Reservation. The rest of the album is slower for the most part, and I think it could have benefitted from a faster song somewhere in the middle.

    From the Crystal Method's Divided by Night, I think the first track of the same title is a strong opener and a good introduction to the sound of the album.
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prime View Post
    Wow, my first thoughts coming into this thread were Unknown Pleasures and Blue Lines.

    Hmmm, so many...

    Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Accidents Will Happen (Armed Forces)
    Cocteau Twins - Cherry-Coloured Funk (Heaven Or Las Vegas)
    Love - Alone Again Or (Forever Changes)
    Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (same title as album)
    These are all great. I would add:

    "I Wanna Be Adored" - The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses)
    "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds)
    "Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream)
    "London Calling" - The Clash (London Calling)
    "Debaser" - The Pixies (Doolittle)
    "Baba O'Riley" - The Who (Who's Next)
    "Gimme Shelter" - The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed)
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    These are all great. I would add:

    "Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream)
    That is also a great one. It's recurring chords in the very first few moments that gradually build to a crescendo make it a great intro song to the entire album.
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    "Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream)
    This was the first one that came to mind. And I'm the third to say it, so it must be good
    Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Wang Chung tonight.

    Johari
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    I'm ripping some more of my CDs to my HD. How could I not mention:

    "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel from their album Bridge Over Troubled Water. One of the best ballads/anthems of all time. In fact, Stevie Wonder sang this for the Haiti shindig just last week...
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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    Oh, let's not forget "A Hard Day's Night."
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    /fuzz pedal

    Also: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from Nevermind is quite a heavy hitter.
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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