So posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a little while.
But in the meantime, here's another little project for you folks:
Most Memorable Post-Elvis Record That Announces Itself Unmistakably Within the First Couple of Notes!!!!
No arbitrary rules this time, you're welcome very much. I should like to add, however, that I kinda wracked my brain trying to find an example from this century, until coming up with number 7. Maybe it's just me, but the kind of concision and gift for hooks this category demands seems to be something of a lost art. 60s and 70s examples? Gazillions, actually.
But if some of you younger kids have another recent song I've missed, please feel free to shame me for the preposterous old fogey I am.
Anyway, my totally top of my head Top Seven is:
7. Gnarls Barkley -- Crazy
That weirdly fragmented four-beat bass and drum hit is an odd hook, but it's damned effective, no?
6. Nirvana -- Smells Like Teen Spirit
That scratchy guitar doing what you think could be a Kinks riff -- once you've heard it, it's instantly etched on your cerebellum.
5. The Rolling Stones -- Satisfaction
Still the most famous opening fuzztone lick of all time. And a still exciting record; it may be a bad movie, but as you can see, it gets a memorable workout in the Angelina Jolie comedy Life or Something Like It.
4. The Byrds -- Mr. Tambourine Man
The Rickenbacker twelve-string that launched a thousand bands and records in its wake. And the most instantly identifiable opening bass riff.
3. The Byrds -- Eight Miles High
The SECOND most instantly identifiable opening bass riff, obviously.
2. The Beatles -- Paperback Writer
Oh, right -- like when they sing "Paperback Writer" in the opening, you'd think it was "Fuck You Like an Animal"?
And the numero uno you can't mistake if for anything else tune, c'mon you know this was gonna be the one so let's not waste time arguing about it, obviously is --
1. The Beatles -- A Hard Day's Night
The most famous heavily echoed suspended chord in all of music. It is, I think, no accident that it's played on one of those aforementioned Rickenbacker twelve-strings.
Awrighty then -- what would your choices be?
[Shameless Blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania -- theme: Most Memorable Screen Shady Dames -- is now up over at Box Office. As always, I would take it as a personal favor if you could see your way to going over there and leaving a comment. Thanks!]