Favorite Album Openers

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Favorite Album Openers

Postby LoganRuckman » April 26th, 2017, 6:29 pm

Yes, another analogue thread. :D So, in response to the favorite album closers thread, I decided to talk about our favorite first tracks.

Just like Butterfly was a pick for great closer, I think Tired Of Sex by Weezer (from Pinkerton) is fantastic because it set the tone for the rest of the album. It let you know that this wasn't the easily accessible Weezer that sang songs with high production values about girls and surfing on the Blue Album. No, this was an emotionally honest, heartbroken Weezer that just wanted to spill their guts and let the world know about their troubles. Aside from songwriting, the song also signifies the much rawer and noisier sound found on Pinkerton compared to the polished sound of their debut.

I love both albums, but it only took one song to let you know what you were getting into; Weezer's finest album, their magnum opus, their masterpiece.

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby jon » April 26th, 2017, 6:50 pm

I actually agree with Tired of Sex is a great opener. Since I'm comfortable in my skin and not a poseur I'm going with Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby Robotrek » April 26th, 2017, 8:51 pm

Pretty much every Kix album. Atomic Bombs, Red Lite Green Lite TNT, Midnite Dynamite, Hotwire, and Wheels in Motion are great openers that get you pumped for the whole experience. Buzzard by Armageddon was fantastic. As was New Thing by Enuff Z'nuff. You're in Love was a fantastic way to open Invasion of your Privacy by Ratt. Kiss of death was a great opener for Back for the Attack by Dokken. So many great choices.

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby Retrology » April 27th, 2017, 2:43 am

My Name Is Jonas (Weezer, Blue Album)
Angel (Massive Attack, Mezzanine. DAT BASS!!!)
Swerve City (Deftones, Koi No Yokan)
Black Celebration (Depeche Mode, Black Celebration)
Cherub Rock (Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream)
The Grudge (Tool, Lateralus)
Supervixen (Garbage, Garbage)
Southern Point (Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest)
Welcome to Heartbreak (Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak)
Bloom (Radiohead, King of Limbs)
All 3 openers from the 3 Rage Against the Machine albums

Great topic!

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby bluenote » April 27th, 2017, 9:06 am

Two just off the top of my head:

Where the Streets Have no Name - U2 Joshua Tree
Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band - Beatles

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby scotland » April 27th, 2017, 10:50 am

bluenote wrote: Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band - Beatles

I second this. I still remember when and where I was the first time I heard this album, as an album.

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby BanjoPickles » April 27th, 2017, 2:42 pm

-To Sheila (Smashing Pumpkins, Adore)
-Tired of Sex (Weezer, Pinkerton)
-Coast to Coast (Elliott Smith, From a Basement on a Hill)
-Now It's On (Grandaddy, Sumday)
-Fight Test (Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)
-Race For the Prize (Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin)
-Enter Sandman (Black Album, Metallica): This song, and album, are so overplayed AND overrated (Ride the Lightning-And Justice are FARRRR superior albums, but Enter Sandman was such an awesome opener!)
Brain of J (Pearl Jam, Yield)
-Annie Waits (Ben Folds, Rocking the Suburbs)

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby Stalvern » April 27th, 2017, 8:44 pm

"Gimme Shelter", end of thread.

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby bluenote » April 28th, 2017, 8:54 am

Stalvern wrote:"Gimme Shelter", end of thread.

As much as I love that song (and all of Let it Bleed), I always thought that song never fit in with the album. After that song finishes, the rest of the album is very bluesy, acoustic/country.

I think Gimme Shelter would have been a much better fit, stylisticly with Sticky Fingers. Harder edged.

But yea, great tune though!

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Re: Favorite Album Openers

Postby astrodomekid » April 28th, 2017, 1:21 pm

This is all coming from my vinyl collection (excluding compilations):

Adam Ant - "Strip" (Strip)
Def Leppard - "Rock Rock 'Til You Drop" (Pyromania)
Duran Duran - "Rio" (Rio)
Duran Duran - "The Reflex" (Seven and the Ragged Tiger)
Eagles - "Hotel California" (Hotel California)
George Michael - "Faith" (Faith)
Guns N' Roses - "Civil War" (Use Your Illusion II)
Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle" (Appetite for Destruction)
Heart - "If Looks Could Kill" (Heart)
Jean Michel Jarre - "First Rendez-Vous" (Rendez-Vous)
Led Zeppelin - "Black Dog" (Led Zeppelin IV)
Michael Jackson - "Wanna Be Startin' Something" (Thriller)
Peter Gabriel - "Red Rain" (So)
Pink Floyd - "In the Flesh?" (The Wall)
Pink Floyd - "Shine on You Crazy Diamond Pt. 1-5" (Wish You Were Here)
Pink Floyd - "Speak to Me/Breathe" (Dark Side of the Moon)
Prince and the Revolution - "Let's Go Crazy" (Purple Rain)
Styx - "The Grand Illusion" (The Grand Illusion)
The Beatles - "Come Together" (Abbey Road)
U2 - "Where the Streets Have No Name" (The Joshua Tree)
Vangelis - "Spiral" (Spiral)
Vangelis - "Theme from Antarctica" (Antarctica OST)
Van Halen - "Runnin' With the Devil" (Van Halen)
Van Halen - "1984/Jump" (1984)

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