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Also you have to mention the first three tracks off Joshua Tree.

I'd agree, apart from the fact that the production is so bloody awful. It sounds like your listening to the album with big, thick ear-muffs on. Contrast the beginning of "Where the streets..." with the live version from the Rattle & Hum movie for a perfect example.

As far as great album openers goes, another Smiths one for me - A Rush and a Push from Strangeways Here We Come: "Hello, I am the ghost of Troubled Joe..."

Also, Riff-Raff from AC/DCs If you want blood...

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Did anyone say Get Your Snack On yet?

Awesome, the first I heard of Tobin and what an introduction considering I thought Josh Davis was king of the sampler up until that point. Mindblowing.

Search and Destroy off Raw Power for me though.

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Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Let It Bleed)

and honorable mentions to:

Beck - Devils Haircut (Odelay)

Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited)

Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road (Born To Run)

Elliott Smith - Sweet Adeline (XO)

REM - How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us (New Adventures In Hi-Fi)

Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place (Kid A)

Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil (Beggar's Banquet)

Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot (Daydream Nation)

U2 - Zoo Station (Achtung Baby)

Wilco - Misunderstood (Being There)

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Or maybe 'Hells Bells' on Back in Black.

A year ago I saw this thread and thought it was funny that the thread starter was called hellsbells. I didn't nominate it in the end because I didn't think it was strong enough to be worthy of mention if I wasn't going to put it in a list. In that past year I've listened to Back In Black more than is healthy (at volumes which have been worse at times) and damn, it deserves a mention.

It took me a year to write this post, I must have thought about this thread a hundred times in the intervening period.

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Battery from Master Of Puppets. An obvious choice from me, I know, but how can you not love how it starts of with a little acoustic riff that has a slight sense of forbodeing about it, which then goes into a wall of harmonised guitars and chunky chords which then builds and crashes into one of the most bludgeoning riffs of the 80's. Oooooh, I have goosebumps typing this.

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'Excursions' from A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory.

Utterly killer upright bassline, then Q-Tip comes in with 'Back in the days when I was a teenager, before I had status and before I had a pager...'.

Thats got the hairs standing up on the back of my neck just remembering it.

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No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century...

Good call. Da, da, DAAAAA!

I recommend the start of 'Operation: Mindcrime' by Queensryche:

(industry standard hospital noise)

"Telephone please. Dr. Davis, telephone please."

(nurse in heels walking and whistling)

"Dr. Blaire, Dr. Blaire, Dr. J. Hamilton, Dr. J. Hamilton"

(door open and close)

Background radio: "Soviets..."

Nurse: "It's 10 minutes past curfew, why are you still up?"

Background radio: "In other news bizarre rumours of political and religious

leaders that have shocked this city over the last month seems to have ended as

suddenly as they began. No terrorist group has come forth claiming

responsibility for the slaying, but police have a suspect in custody under

observation at state hospital. His identity is being withheld pending further

investigation. Sports and weather next."

Nurse: "Hello? Hellooo? Perhaps you need another shot."

(nurse injects, some grunting)

"There that should do it."

(nurse walks to door, opens it)

"Sweet dreams...you bastard."

(nurse closes door)

I remember now

I remember how it started

I can't remember yesterday

I just remember doing what they told me

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The first track on Powerman 5000's Tonight The Stars Revolt is brilliant. I'm pretty sure it's movie trailer voice over guy speaking it and it's ace, you can't do it justice in text form though. Ignore the fanmade shit, and listen


I love it :lol:

it sounds more like the guy who does the dialogue at the start of the outer limits

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Running through some of my albums, there's a fair few listed below, but hopefully some that others like too:

Antony and the Johnsons "Hope There's Someone" - I am a Bird Now

Arcade Fire "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" - Funeral

Belle and Sebastian "The State I Am In" - Tigermilk (just to echo two other shouts for this)

Faith No More "From Out of Nowhere" - The Real Thing

Idlewild "You Held the World in your Hands" - Remote Part

The Knife "Silent Shout" - Silent Shout

Mogwai "Hunted by a Freak" - Happy Songs for Happy People

Nirvana "Serve the Servants" - In Utero (when I first heard this on the day it came out, I was amazed by it, it was so much rawer than anything on Nevermind and really set the tone for the album)

Pavement "Stereo" - Brighten the Corners

Pixies "Debaser" - Doolittle

REM "Radio Free Europe" - Murmur

Ride "Seagull" - Nowhere

Smashing Pumpkins "Cherub Rock" - Siamese Dream

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