Disappointing Songs

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 10:23 pm
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James and I are discussing songs with really awesome intros, where the actual song comes as a disappointment afterwards. Not that the song is necessarily bad, per se, but that the intro is SO good that the rest of the song can't help but pale behind it.

We both agree on Pinball Wizard by The Who.

I suggested Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne, which for the first 30 seconds is all dark drama & then suddenly becomes Status Quo. Also Phantom of the Opera by Iron Maiden and I Fought the Law by the Clash - both of which I LOVE but the intro is definitely the best bit.

James suggested 20th Century Boy by T Rex, A View to a Kill by Duran Duran, & (somewhat controversially in my view) One Vision by Queen - although I'll admit it does sag a bit in the middle.

What would your picks be?

Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] londonkds
I was just about to post that.

Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Disappointing? But, pungent smells they consummate his home, I'll have you know. Anyway, he's stuck on the carousel and wonders if you know where your god is - I think he may have wondered off.

Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gominokouhai
SPACEMAN
I ALWAYS WANTED YOU TO GO INTO SPACE, MAN
INTERGALACTIC CHRIIIST

...according to the comments, apparently I'm in good company.

(The rest of the album is cack too.)

Quick shout out also to `Sunrise' from Also Sprach Zarathustra. The bit you heard in 2001 is teh awsum. The rest is just nothing.

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 06:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
Quick shout out also to `Sunrise' from Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Actually, this is a good point! I seem to remember Strauss being better at beginnings than the rest, generally.

From Andrew (DW's openID still borked)

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 06:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
California Girls is the big one for me. Majestic, beautiful opening, and then Mike Love comes in with his chauvinistic nonsense.
The worst, by a long way, though, has to be Ice Ice Baby, because it convinces you that it's going to be a much, much better record and then isn't.

Re: From Andrew (DW's openID still borked)

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
s/blame/thank

Also here via Andrew

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] fiddlingfrog.livejournal.com
Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight. It's not necessarily a spectacular intro, but the entire song feels like an intro that never leads into a full song.

Intros

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
For me it has to be 'Shine On, You Crazy Diamond' played at full volume on headphones after several huge gins.

Douglas

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 10:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cheekbones3
Phantom... shouldn't be here surely? Sounds like you're condemning good songs just because they happen to have a very good intro too, although I do agree with Crazy Train to an extent.

I think Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out might fall into this trap too. Can't think of any others right now though!

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cheekbones3
Fair enough, I missed that! But I still think the song is easily good enough to complement the intro :)

Date: Thursday, April 30th, 2015 01:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidcook
Baker Street, by Gerry Rafferty is the obvious one for me.
The intro promises excitement, and then ... yawn.

Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thamesynne
Belated, I know, and sorry - but just revisited 808 State's "In Yer Face". Quite majestic opening, brilliant DXish bassline clanging in, and then... kinda meanders a bit.

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