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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:30 am

It's simple, really: what do you think is the best opening track of a band or artist's debut album? The best song that announces the arrival of a new band?

I'm asking because I had this song in my head this morning:

https://youtu.be/3dLAv0NklTg

[ Break on Through (To the Other Side) - The Doors ]


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Post by Mickado on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:34 am

For my money it's Rock 'n' Roll star. Track 1, Definitely maybe.

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Post by Suspicious lurker on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:44 am

Welcome to the Jungle on Appetite for Destruction by Guns and Roses
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:48 am

'Bone Machine' off Come On Pilgrim by the Pixies.

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Post by Davie on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:53 am

Running With The Devil - Van Halen
See No Evil - Television
Confidence Man - The Jeff Healey Band

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:56 am

Good call on 'See No Evil,' Davie!

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Post by Gaelic-Warrior on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 9:01 am

Like a Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)
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Post by Pr4wn on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 9:10 am

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Post by ADMIN on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 9:12 am

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 9:12 am

Gaelic-Warrior wrote:Like a Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)

It's a great song, but Highway 61 Revisited isn't Dylan's debut album.

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Post by Mickado on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 9:19 am

Hero wrote:The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses) – I Wanna Be Adored

THANK YOU! I knew the first track on that album was a classic but couldn’t remember what it was. Great choice. OK

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 9:40 am

Jenny was a friend of mine – The Killers

Followed by track 2 – Somebody Told Me

Shame the rest of their catalogue from track 3 to the present day is utter shyte. Showed such great promise.

Slash and Burn - Manic Street Preachers

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Post by ADMIN on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 9:58 am

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 10:01 am

'Black Sabbath' by Black Sabbath off Black Sabbath. The sound of doom!

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Post by AberdeenSteve on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 10:11 am

Biffy Clyro (Infinity Land) - Glitter and Trauma

A Day To Remember (Homesick) - Downfall Of Us All

Foo Fighters (One By One) - All My Life


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Post by Pr4wn on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 11:00 am

I'm pretty sure the debut album for Foo Fighters was self-titled.

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Post by Gaelic-Warrior on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 11:13 am

luckless_pedestrian wrote:
Gaelic-Warrior wrote:Like a Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)

It's a great song, but Highway 61 Revisited isn't Dylan's debut album.

Ooops! Sorry man. I misread the title of the thread. Doh

In that case-
Do it again- Steely Dan (Can't Buy a Thrill)
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 11:24 am

Gaelic-Warrior wrote:Do it again- Steely Dan (Can't Buy a Thrill)

Great song, great album! OK

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Post by AberdeenSteve on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:04 pm

Pr4wn wrote:I'm pretty sure the debut album for Foo Fighters was self-titled.

Yeah it was mate but the song I mentioned is on the album 'One by One'

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Post by GG on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:04 pm

Though I'm unsure whether this was their first album, Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit springs to mind. Another is Is This It by The Strokes.

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Post by AberdeenSteve on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:07 pm

I just read the OP too.

Woops

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:15 pm

GG wrote:Though I'm unsure whether this was their first album, Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit springs to mind. Another is Is This It by The Strokes.

Nevermind was Nirvana's second album. Not a bad opener to it, though!

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Post by Cari on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:35 pm

A couple of my favourites (Stone Roses, GNR) have already been mentioned, so here's a couple more suggestions from me:

U2 - I Will Follow (Boy)
Duran Duran - Girls on Film (Self titled debut)
Ride - Seagull (Nowhere)
The Sex Pistols - Holiday in the Sun (Nevermind The B*ll*cks, Here's The...)
The Stereophonics - A Thousand Trees (Word Gets Around)
The Script - We Cry (Self titled debut)

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:38 pm

'Girls on Film' is a great song, Cari!

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Post by legendkillar on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:41 pm

I Wanna be Adored - The Stone Roses

Holidays In The Sun - Never Mind The B****cks Heres The S*x Pistols


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Post by Cari on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:41 pm

luckless_pedestrian wrote:'Girls on Film' is a great song, Cari!

It is, and I bet the guy who sold them the song for a measly £600 back in 1980 is gutted!

I had to go away and think about the DEBUT albums I've got...now if you said best opening tracks on an album....but that's another thread...

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:43 pm

That would be a good idea for a thread, But I was thinking debut albums because that's how new bands announce their arrival, singles aside.

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Post by Cari on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:44 pm

...and just as I typed that "Girls on Film" comes on the radio!!! Shocked

That's true Lucky...there's been some disappointing debut albums though from people who became huge as time went on and produced better albums later on.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 12:56 pm

Oh, I just thought of a cracker: 'Astronomy Domine' off The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd. I love Pink Floyd Mk I.


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Post by ADMIN on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 1:07 pm

Blur (Leisure) - She's So High
Wham (Fantastic) - Bad Boys
Rage Against the Machine (self titled) - Bombtrack
Elvis Presley (self titled) - Blue Suede Shoes

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Post by legendkillar on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 1:20 pm

RATM, how on earth did I miss that beauty! Doh

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Post by ADMIN on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 1:51 pm

U2 (Boy) - I Will Follow
Radiohead (Pablo Honey) - You
Muse (Showbiz) - Sunburn
Bloc Party (Silent Alarm) - Like Eating Glass

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Post by Pr4wn on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 2:08 pm

Can't believe I missed Sunburn. What a song...

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Post by Cari on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 2:22 pm

Madonna - Lucky Star
The Clash - Janie Jones
Jeff Buckley - Mojo Pin

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Post by Notch on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:01 pm

Maybe not a debut album (in fact definitely not a debut album) but the first track off Philophobia by Arab Strap really sets the mood!
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Post by Cari on Tue 14 Jun 2011, 8:32 pm

Oh and how could I forget the title track from the Villagers album "Becoming A Jackal". It's class!

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Post by Mickado on Mon 27 Jun 2011, 8:04 pm

Cari wrote:Oh and how could I forget the title track from the Villagers album "Becoming A Jackal". It's class!

You're a personal hero of mine Cari you know that!

Some other gems.

Wreckin bar - The Vaccines
Henrietta - The Frattellis
Jenny was a friend of mine - The Killers
Damien Rice - Delicate


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Post by Guest on Fri 08 Jul 2011, 2:32 pm

'Reuters' from the album Pink Flag by Wire.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_cMF2eluxM

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