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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:07 PM
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Most ELECTRIFYING song ever on (your) first listen
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 06:09 PM by undisclosedlocation
Forgive the subject line; I just can't figure how to phrase it, given space limitations. Here's the thought: cast your mind back to the first time you ever heard any of your favorite songs, or once-favorites subsequently played to death on the radio (Think "Free Bird") or turned into tv commercials or whatever.

Strangely, even though it'd be a new and revolutionary definition of "electrifying," I'm kind of leaning towards "Rhiannon." (Yeah, call me crazy, so long as you do it in the form of a reply and thus kick my thread. :)) Embarrassinger (now a word): the song that caused me to buy the album it came from on the fewest hearings? "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Jeez, I'm confessing more here than when I was Catholic!

More conventionally electrifying, I guess, would be "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Layla," "Burning Down the House," Foo Fighters' "Learning To Fly," and "She's Got Issues" by Offspring.

What are yours? I promise not to smirk if it's something worse than Gordon Lightfoot. :D

Edit: Couldn't leave off my THeads!
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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:11 PM
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1. I have a couple.
I would have to agree with you on Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly". It just really hooked me. As for an older song: Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". I remeber hearing that song and was totally blown away by it. Then about 6 months later Puff Daddy did that cover of it. :grr:

I also felt that way upon my first listen to Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion."
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 12:03 AM
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67. Yep, I first got into Zeppelin in the late 80s
and it was because of that song. I couldn't properly describe it to anyone, so I just bought CD after CD. I didn't get Physical Graffiti until the sixth or so try, but by then I was a dyed-in-the-wool Zep fan.

:headbang:
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Westegg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 03:28 PM
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111. "Immigrant Song"---Led Zeppelin...
I heard it on the radio one day when I was 13. I was totally hooked and knocked by its witchy weirdness, wild, unearthly vocals and amazing riffs. Had no idea what the song's title was, though, so I simply started buying Zeppelin albums one at a time, one every week or so. (I was 13---had to save up my lawn-mowing money). By about the sixth purchase, I got "Zep III," which contained the song.

By that time, I was a major Zeppein fan, and I still am.

Good thread!
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teach1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:17 PM
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2. Dark Star
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 06:17 PM by teach1st
Grateful Dead *

Also, "A Very Cellular Song," by Incredible String Band.

Pop? Well, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" certainly got my attention, as did some of Eminem's stuff.

I guess this dates me, huh?
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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:30 PM
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10. Not really.
Actually, didn't Crosby Stills and Nash do a song called Dark Star? I remember that one was good. Everybody I know likes "Bohemian Rhapsody". But if you go from Queen to Eminem, it would be hard to date you.
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teach1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:37 PM
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15. That's why I'm always alone on the weekends!
CSN did do a different Dark Star.

Forgive me if my fantasies might seem a little shopworn
I'm sure you've heard it all before. I wonder what's the right form
Love songs written for you, it's been going down for years
But to sing what's in my heart seems more honest than the tears.
I am curious, don't want to hurry us.
I'm intrigued with us.
Ain't this song a bust.
I don't care, dark star.
I met you several years ago,

etc.
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teach1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:43 PM
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17. Download CSN's Dark Star Here..
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St. Jarvitude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:19 PM
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51. Radiohead did a "Dark Star" too
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 10:26 PM by messiertom
"Dark Star" is a pretty good song - albeit not nearly up to CSN's and Grateful Dead's par - on one of their earlier albums, The Bends

EDIT: Formatting error.
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St. Jarvitude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:20 PM
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52. oops
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 10:23 PM by messiertom
EDIT: Replied to wrong message. Oops
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:13 PM
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36. "Song for the Dumped" by Ben Folds Five
seriously! This song came out at the perfect time, and that evil wench (can't say the B word) stole my black tshirt too!
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:17 PM
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38. You can say it.
Some people will just yell at you if you do.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 08:54 AM
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84.  take back the B word! ( bitch as a word of empowerment)
;), like we took back the C word ( per the Vagina Monologues)


don't mind me I am all rowdy after seeing all those March photos!
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:08 AM
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89. Woo-hoo! Those photos were great, weren't they?
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:16 AM
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91. I was so psyched to see them!!!!
I wanted to go but had to do the boy's birthday.. Robinhood (play) and a bunch of out of control 8-9 year old boys. Whew.

I used to go to all the choice marches in the days of Bush one and before. I have to go and dig out all my pro-choice buttons. ( I used to be a clinic/pro- choice escort, as well.) I think we all got kind of complacent when Clinton was in.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:44 PM
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101. Great song. Fantastic live band, great songwriter.
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Morning Dew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:59 PM
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64. So many Dead songs...
were, in turn, the most electrifying for me on first listen...

Stella Blue
Weather Report Suite
Estimated Prophet
Box of Rain
Eyes of the World
Unbroken Chain

ah, heck, nearly all of them are great though I never did learn to like Day Job.


A couple others that really grabbed me on first hearing -

Jump into the Fire - Nilsson
Baker Street - was that Jerry Rafferty from Steeler's Wheel?



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TN al Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:18 PM
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3. If by electrifying...
... you mean made me take up and notice then it would have to be Paradise by the Dashboard Light. I heard it when I was 16 and thought the Phil Rizzuto bit was cool. Then when I heard it in college one day I thought "so THATS what it means". OK so I was slow. Now that I am a father I tell my boys, alas no girls, to listen to the end of it. Anyway it has something for each stage of life.
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bubblesby2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:47 PM
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40. I still turn that song up real loud on my radio when driving
And then end is the best end of any song ever.

So now I'm praying for the end of time
to hurry up and arrive.
Cause if I've got to spend another minute with you
I don't think that I can really survive.
I'd never break my promise or forget my vow.
but God only knows what I could do right now.
I'm praying for the end of time,
that's all that I can do,
praying for the end of time,
so I can end my time with you.



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radiclib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:18 PM
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4. Sympathy for the Devil
I was 18. I remember thinking "Oh, shit...the Stones have blown it wide open.." What a moment.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:22 PM
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5. "Light My Fire," the Doors; still remember first time I heard it.
It came on the radio in my friend's kitchen and blew me away. I was 12 years old.
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:24 PM
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6. "Bone Machine" by the Pixies
Those drums that start it off... my God.
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:24 PM
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7. "Bernadette" by the Four Tops.
The sheer power of that recording knocks me out each and every time I hear it! :headbang:
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:27 PM
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8. The first time I heard it, it was about halfway over.
It faded out, and I said "yeah, that was pretty cool."

"Wait" my dad said.



"BERNADETTE! You're the sould in me! More than a dream, you're a prayer to me!"



"Holy shit," I said.

My dad got pissed at me for swearing.
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voter x Donating Member (203 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:28 PM
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9. Jane's Addiction
Three Days off the Ritual De lo Habitual LP (can I still call it that?)
One of the best Drum riffs in history...

Second choice is Led Zeppelin- Whole Lotta Love, first heard it at 11 and it blew me away
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:31 PM
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11. Ooh. "Three Days" is a great choice.
My all-time Jane's "moment" had to be with "Ocean Size," though.
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voter x Donating Member (203 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:34 PM
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12. Nothing's Shocking
opened my mind to a whole new world of music, I thank Perry for that!
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:45 PM
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102. I'll go with 'Three Days'. Damn that's good.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:34 PM
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13. "Blue ronda ala Turk"
Dave Brubeck
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 08:57 AM
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85. I don't think people realize how visionary Brubeck was
good choice
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:34 PM
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14. Probably a Jefferson Airplane Song
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 06:35 PM by ribofunk
either "Have You Seen the Saucers? or "The House at Pooneil Corners." Of course, I have no memory of listening to those songs for the first time.

I DO remember being electrified upon hearing "Pinball Wizard" by The Who and "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix.
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solinvictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:40 PM
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16. "Cars"
by Gary Numan. I was about 9 years old and it was magic. It started a near-lifelong love of electronic music.
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djeseru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:18 PM
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26. Agreed.
Still get chills from that one.
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:18 PM
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49. Gotta say that one nailed me the first time I heard it!
Long Live Gary Numan!
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:56 PM
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63. You nailed it.
I still stop whatever I'm doing when I hear that song, and get lost in it.
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PragMantisT Donating Member (893 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:49 PM
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18. On Down the Line-Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street)
Heard it driving along a country road in the middle of the night. On FM radio that usually played only the hits. I couldn't believe there was a stones song that good I hadn't heard.
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:50 PM
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19. "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil
Simply an astonishing song; iy still gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it.

Dirk
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 08:58 AM
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86. one of my faves too
I love Midnight Oil!
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 06:54 PM
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20. "A Day in the Life"
I was in college and listening to the radio in the dorm room, and I thought to myself, "Boy, they're sure playing one weird song after another today." I had no idea that it was all the same weird song. But it just got stranger and stranger, and that orchestral bit at the end where the pitch seems to go up and up and up (but doesn't really) seemed to go on forever.

Blew my mind totally.
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DeposeTheBoyKing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:12 PM
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21. "Seasick, Yet Still Docked" by Morrissey
Got to me the first time I ever heard it, and still does.
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loftycity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:16 PM
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22. Plush Stone Temple Pilots --I don't know just got to me.
Heard it driving down to Chicago and it stuck. Pearl Jam live caught me off guard, I thought I would never like them and was wow'ed.
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djeseru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:18 PM
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24. Coincidentally...
...I am listening to that CD as I'm typing - "Wicked Garden" did me in.
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djeseru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:16 PM
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23. "Loves Easy Tears"
by the Cocteau Twins, "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails...umm, I could probably think of several others but these two stand out the most for me.
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peacefreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:18 PM
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25. OK, I'm old
but I will never forget the opening bars of I Want to Hold Your Hand & then years later Suite Judy Blue Eyes by CSN.
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Paragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:21 PM
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27. "Type" - Living Colour
Great video, too - back when MTV played rock 'n' roll.
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bloodyjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:25 PM
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28. "Headmaster Ritual" - the Smiths
I was fifteen, hated my classmates, my unsympathetic teachers, pretty much everyone; and it was a beautiful time to be alive.
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djeseru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:27 PM
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29. Oooh, yes...
...that one and "How Soon Is Now?" both got my attention at about the same age.
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Norbert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:29 PM
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30. "River Deep, Mountain High" Ike and Tina Turner
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 07:32 PM by Norbert
That song still leaves me breathless after playing it.

There are several songs that electrafied me on the first listen:

Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
She's Not There - The Zombies
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
Paperback Writer - The Beatles
Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
That's the Way I Always Heard It Should Be - Carly Simon
More Than a Feeling - Boston
Beds are Burning - Midnight Oil
Sparkle - Rubyhorse
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:39 PM
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31. Crystal Ships - The Doors
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 07:40 PM by NewHampster
I would normally agree with notmyprez on Light My Fire but It was Crystal Ships that was playing as I realized for the very first time that things sounded different. My friends next to me sounded like they were in the next room but the music on the brand new album sounded like it was coming from inside me.

Yes, Crystal Ships is my choice.



:silly: :hippie:

Before you slip into unconsciousness
I'd like to have another kiss
Another flashing chance at bliss
Another kiss
Another kiss

The days are bright and filled with pain
Enclose me in your gentle rain
The time you ran was too insane
We'll meet again
We'll meet again

Oh tell me where your freedom lies
The streets are fields that never die
Deliver me from reasons why
You'd rather cry
I'd rather fly

The crystal ships is being filled
A thousand girls, a thousand thrills
A million ways to spend your time
When we get back
I'll drop a line
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:53 PM
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32. I Want You Back by J5 , I Saw Her Standing There, by the Beatles..and
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 07:53 PM by Kahuna
Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone and Do Wah Diddy by Manfred Mann.
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carols Donating Member (694 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 07:55 PM
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33. Swee Child O' Mine - Guns 'N' Roses
n/t
Carol
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bbernardini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:00 PM
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34. Frank Zappa's "Strictly Genteel" (LSO version)
I came very close to tears the first time I ever heard it. Still one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard.
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:09 PM
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35. Here's another
I was a month or so away from my 17th birthday. We were on vacation from school, so I was up late that night, lying in bed with the lights out and the radio on.

Suddenly, I heard a song that I had never heard before. It grabbed my attention as soon as the DJ stopped talking over the intro and the male tenor launched into the first verse. The record crescendoed (if that's even a word!) and climaxed when the singer belted out, "Billie Jean's not my lover. She's just a girl who claims that I am the one, but the kid is not my son."

"Damn," I exclaimed. "What the hell is this song? It's fuckin' great!"

Unfortunately, the announcer didn't give the artist or song title, but it didn't take me long to find out that I had heard Michael Jackson's new single. I subsequently bought the 45, which I've no doubt helped "Billie Jean" spend seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ;)

Twenty-one years later, I still love "Billie Jean." Certainly one of the bright spots of early '80s mass-appeal music!
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:15 PM
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37. badlands, springsteen
we waited so long for DOTEOT and the whole thing was a beauty, but badlands, geeze, what energy.

a pre-release broadcast of the entire DOTEOT album on wrdu in durham played in the spring of 1978. when it came over the airwaves, we knew the boss was back.
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:17 PM
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39. Back?
"Darkness" put to SHAME everything he'd done before.
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:55 PM
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57. no releases in 3 years, those productive, age 25-28 years,
unless you saw him in concerts and had access to tapes and boots (i still have mine!), from '75 -mid '78 there was little new out there from him, sure "(i'm on) fire," "because the night," and "blinded by the light" got covered and air time, but for 3 years he was unable to release any music.

and he came back with a bang.


"Darkness" is his best work.
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 09:42 PM
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41. For me it was Dark Side of the Moon.
The entire album.

We were sitting in my friends handball court with it just cranked, and buzzed beyond belief.

I still get a bit of that feeling everytime I hear it.

What an amazing album.
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:09 PM
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47. I'm listening to it now
thanks for reminding me
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screwfacecapone Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 09:46 PM
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42. man without fear - rob zombie ft drowning pool
from teh daredevil soundtrack

Instant crunk. Just put it in your computer, car stereo, headphones, xbox, ps2, turn it up, then get buck wild. And I don't even listen to that genre of music much.
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 09:53 PM
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43. "Perfect Strangers" by Deep Purple
From their 1984 comeback album of the same name.

Say what you will... that song grabbed me from the first listen and still has a certain power over me!
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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 09:57 PM
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44. Voodoo Chile (A Slight Return)
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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:05 PM
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45. How Can I Ease The Pain by the most incredible voice on the planet...
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:07 PM
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46. "Anarchy in the UK"
That one comes to mind.
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lucidmadman Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:14 PM
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48. PURPLE HAZE
I remember hearing it in a parked car on a standard issue car AM radio sometime in the late spring/early summer of '67. I was ready to hear it. It wasn't like anything else. It was like itself...
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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 12:01 AM
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66. Ditto...
I wasn't ready for it, though. It just sort of tore through my brain with a simple message: "EVREYTHING IS DIFFERENT NOW..."

:smoke: :loveya: :nuke:
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lucidmadman Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 12:27 AM
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70. I know what you mean...
...I remember it creating it's own little space whether it came out of a shitty little car radio speaker or not. I'd been prepared by certain SF novels and avant-garde art movements and social behaviors. There'd been other great records and way-out-weird guitar playing. The Jeff Beck solo on SHAPES OF THINGS comes to mind. But there was really something about PURPLE HAZE. It was so take-no-prisoners weird..weird from the first note on. It's almost not a song. It's like some encapsulated piece of musical crime...
Sorry...I get carried away...
I'm not really a Hendrix cultist either. A lot of what he did is aimless doodling. I like the MACHINE GUN from the Isle of Wight concert. Anyway...whatever...PURPLE HAZE is a great record that stood out in an era of great records...
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:18 AM
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92. Agree!
I will add the first time I heard the Are You Experienced? album to most electrifying songs. I was a sophomore in high school. A good time to be that age :-).
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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:19 PM
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50. I Am Somebody
by Glen Jones, from the post-disco era. A great song and one of my personal anthems. :thumbsup:
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St. Jarvitude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:24 PM
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53. "Rock the Casbah" -- The Clash
The whole political message didn't strike me until the second time I listened to it; the first time, it was just an amazing song that rocked.
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Duncan Grant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:27 PM
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54. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" - U2
I couldn't stop listening to that track; I think it's Bono's best vocal ever!

Recently I was mesmerized by Evanescence "Going Under". Amy Lee has the most incredible voice since Shirley Manson of Garbage.
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FrankBooth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:31 PM
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55. Van Halen "Eruption."
Edited on Sun Apr-25-04 10:33 PM by FrankBooth
First day of 8th grade at a new school. My neighbor's High School brother gave us a ride to middle school in his Camaro. He was playing Van Halen's first album, and the guitar on "Eruption" was a revelation to me. I just couldn't believe it - I'd never heard anything like that before.

Admittedly, I'm not a huge VH fan anymore, but after that fateful ride my musical taste completely changed.

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Gildor Inglorion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 10:44 PM
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56. The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations"
and the Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
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Gothic Sponge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:02 PM
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58. AC/DC
Black in Black album.
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waywest Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:41 PM
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59. Something In The Air
Thunderclap Newman
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:48 PM
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60. Many years ago when Del Shannon's "Runaway" came out
the Tampa radio station that I listened to was so swamped with requests that they played it at least 6 or 8 times every hour for the first few days it was released. Seems like a couple of years ago it was used as a TV show theme song.
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:51 PM
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61. "How Soon Is Now?"-The Smiths "Army"-Ben Folds Five
Edited on Mon Apr-26-04 12:19 AM by Donkeyboy75
I also saw Three Days was on the list. Great song too.

On edit had to toss some others in here:

"All I Want Is You" - U2
"Wot's Uh...The Deal" - Pink Floyd
"Incubus (Blue Suit)" - Tuxedomoon
"Sunny Side of the Street" - The Pogues
"Ringfinger" - Nine Inch Nails
"Imagine" - John Lennon
"New Sensations" - Lou Reed
"We Built This City" - Jefferson Starship (kidding) :barf:
"On the Run" - Pink Floyd

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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:51 PM
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62. You Really Got Me
I was doing the dinner dishes with my sister when it blasted out of the little radio we kept on top of the fridge. I felt I like I had been punched in the gut, and I stood frozen in place until the song ended.

There've been others, but that was the first.
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Donating Member (549 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:59 PM
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65. Redemption Song -Bob Marley
Edited on Mon Apr-26-04 12:05 AM by demwing
1980. I was still in High School. I was already out of the mainstream listening to punk bands like X and DK. I was an angry young white guy, but I didn't know why, or with whom I was angry.

I bought the album (Uprising) because I liked the rebellious title. I was so clueless about Marley. Redemption Song was the fist Bob Marley I had really listened to, and it opened my eyes to a different view of the world. I played it over and over the first time I heard it, trying to get all the lyrics.

I listened to that song and thought that there was no crime so great that some human would not commit it, and there is no depth so low that the human spirit could not overcome it.

It made me feel sad, angry, and triumphant at the same time, and still does, nearly 25 years later.
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Donating Member (549 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 12:32 AM
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71. add to that...
Blue Spark - X
Ghost Town - The Specials
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
The Star-Spangled Banner - Hendrix
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 12:10 AM
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68. "How High the Moon"
Ella Fitzgerald...

I still get chills.
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rumguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 12:11 AM
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69. Kim - Emimen
It's not a pretty song, but it grabs you be the throat and never lets go...
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demgrrrll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 01:20 AM
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72. Psychotic Reaction by Count 5. Gimme Some Lovin, Spencer Davis
Edited on Mon Apr-26-04 01:21 AM by demgrrrll
That Happy Jack album by The Who. Summertime Blues.
Crimson and Clover, Mony Mony.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:26 AM
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73. To be truly cliched...
...the two songs that had that effect on me were "American Pie" (heard on AM car radio one night when I was 15) and "Stairway to Heaven" (heard at home on FM over headphones about a year-and-a-half later).

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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 05:21 AM
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74. I had to break out Limewire. :)
Edited on Mon Apr-26-04 05:25 AM by Ladyhawk
I grew up in a fundy family and didn't get to listen to secular music, so I decided I'd download some of the choices here.

Here's one that still gives me chills: The Second Movement of the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. It's done by a boy's / men's chorus with a boy soloist. The melody is unusual, but beautiful.

Probably this post is out of place in this thread, but I think you'll like the piece if you give it a chance.
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 05:54 AM
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75. Charles Mingus band, "Moanin'"...
absolutely fucking incredible baritone sax intro that just GRABS you.

Also, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' version of "Stagger Lee"...dark, raucous, balls-out swagger.

And Soul Coughing's "Screenwriter's Blues". Stand-up bass, well-chosen samples, almost hallucinatory lyrics.

Those are three that come to mind immediately, although there's been so much music that's been electrifying on first listen I'd have a job listing everything...

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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 07:08 AM
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76. "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane
It was the first time a song kicked my ass right through the car radio! Ain't Grace Slick?

:smoke:
dbt
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lucidmadman Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 01:50 PM
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96. Can I tell my Grace Slick story?...
...thanks.
It was a very chemical night in the summer of '69 and the Airplane were playing at the Family Dog at the beach.
I was standing near the stage where the performers came from back stage to the stage.
I was just some goofy 18 year old kid REALLY HIGH...
It was time for the Airplane. They began to come out. I was just awed.
Grace had this huge bouffant hair-do streaked with gray and she was doing the Elsa Lancaster Bride-of-Frankenstein thing.
She pulls up right next to me and looks me in the eye and says very pointedly "Yes?"
I'm all at-sea. I muster up some courage and say, "have you ever taken acid on an airplane?"
She stops and looks at me, as if she's actually thinking about it and then says, "Yes."
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:49 PM
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105. Wow -- That's Great!
I would have loved to have been there. What a memory!
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cleofus1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 07:09 AM
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77. it's a toss up
I was about 7 years old when I first heard I want to hold yer hand by the beatles...boy was I impressed....
and then there was the early eighties...the Sony Walkman had just come out and someone was listening to some music...i had never seen a Walkman before much less heard one. you have to understand prior to this all mini players had a horrible tinny sound to them...i asked him if i could listen to it and he said sure...as i was putting them on he mentioned that the cassette inside was Ozzy Osbourne's "comeback album" The blizzard of oz...I pressed the play button and my jaw hit the ground..."Crazy Train" just blew me away....
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 07:30 AM
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78. "how i couLd just kiLL a man" - cypress hiLL
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 07:32 AM
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79. Five-way tie for Godhead
The following five songs completely slammed my chump ass the first time I heard them:

"Supernaut" by Black Sabbath
"I Found That Essence Rare" by Gang of Four
"X Marks The Spot (Something Dull Happened Here)" by The Monorchid
"Hung Up" by This Moment in Black History
"Only Shallow" by My Bloody Valentine

Yes, indeed, I like my tuneage spastic and messed-up, thank you very much.
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 07:38 AM
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80. Any number of songs could qualify . . .
Lots of Dead songs (many have been listed already).

Many Ani Difranco songs.

The earliest one I remember that just floored me was when I was in 8th grade and heard 'Who Dunnitt?' by Genesis off of the Abacab album. There were some really weird pitch changes and what sounded like reverse tape loops running in the track. It was such an odd and unusual sound that I was blown away. I actually got the album as a gift after ranting about it for a while. Oddly I never really became a big Genesis fan, I just remember that song as being a huge turning point for me :)
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 08:39 AM
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81. Just What I Needed & Crazy On You
Remember the time! It was 1978 and those two songs started getting airplay on Chicago FM. NOTHING sounded like those two songs. Totally new sound, totally unique styles, with terrifically talented players. Both made me fans of those bands for a long time.

I'm sure there are others, but those popped immediately to mind.
The Professor
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Commendatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 08:40 AM
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82. Van Halen: Everybody Wants Some.
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 08:42 AM
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83. I forgot about Inna-gadda-da-vida.. Besided wondering when..
it would ever end, it was a truly electrifying song.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:05 AM
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87. wow that is hard
I think there are many songs over the years that really strike you.

A lot of them I heard on commercial radio back in the day for the first time before FM

Pictures of Lily and Can't Explain The Who

original Heard it Through the Grapevine

Lola The Kinks

post FM

White Riot The Clash

My Way Sid Vicious version

Joan Jett I Love Rock and Roll

Velvets Rock and Roll, Sweet Jane



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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:06 AM
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88. "My Generation"-The Who & "Red House"-Hendrix
I was probably about 12 the first time I heard "My Generation". It totally blew me away.
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Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:11 AM
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90. London Calling -- the Clash
Bonnie & Clyde -- Serge Gainsbourg
Wild Thing -- the Troggs
Subterranean Homesick Blues -- Dylan
Summer in the City -- Lovin' Spoonful

(those three back when I was a wee lad)

& many more I'd be able to think of if I hadn't just worked 24 hours of overtime since my regular shift ended Friday evening.
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Sticky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:30 AM
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93. My Sweet Lord
by George Harrison

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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:31 AM
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94. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straights
I'm referring to the song, not the album.

Also by DS: Sultans of Swing and Down by the Waterline
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bmbmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 09:57 AM
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95. Old enough to remember "At the Hop" by
Danny and the Juniors, young enough to remember "Fast Car" by the incomparable Tracy Chapman.
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Tom_Foolery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 01:56 PM
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97. John Denver's LOOKING FOR SPACE (I'm Not Kidding) n/t
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Ramsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:00 PM
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98. Rock N'Roll Suicide by Bowie
That song has literally saved lives!
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:09 PM
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99. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:40 PM
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100. Foggy Mountain Breakdown!
Totally turned me on to the banjo.

Others: Layla. Stairway to Heaven. Bell Bottom Blues. The whole Led Zeppelin first album!

Bake
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:47 PM
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103. 'I should have known' - Aimee Mann, 'Block Rockin' Beats' - Chemical Bros.
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:48 PM
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104. Shine on You Crazy Diamond
Pink Floyd- from Doctor Hook (Sexy Eyes) to anything by Freddy Mercury, Alan Parsons, classical Puccini, too many to mention. Turning on the CDs NOW.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:50 PM
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106. Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Wowie!
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:54 PM
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107. 'Tangled Up in Blue' by Bob Dylan
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FunBobbyMucha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:55 PM
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108. I just recently heard Matthew Ryan
on NPR singing "Return to Me." I was driving thru the night to NC with my son asleep in his child seat, and was missing my wife. The song just broke my heart, still does every time I muster a listen.

I had a similar, bone-chilling sadness the first time I heard "The Weakness in Me" by Joan Armatrading.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:56 PM
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109. The aria in the movie "Fifth Element"
and the opera excerpt in Hannibal.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 02:57 PM
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110. "How Soon is Now" by the Smiths
Man, that song still gets me.
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Westegg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 04:00 PM
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112. Songs on 1st hearing that made me buy the album THAT DAY:
Zero---Smashing Pumpkins
Chiquitita---Abba
I'm Waiting For the Day---Beach Boys
And Your Bird Can Sing (alternate version from Beatles Anthology 2)
It's All Too Much---Beatles
Watch the Sunrise---Big Star
Tender---Blur
Queen Bitch---Bowie
Heroes---Bowie
Watch That Man---Bowie
Why Can't I Touch It---Buzzcocks
Hello There---Cheap Trick
Washington Bullets---Clash
Holidays In the Sun---Sex Pistols
Green Shirt---Elvis Costello
Strict Time---Elvis Costello
Baby Let's Play House---Elvis Pesley
Space Truckin'---Deep Purple
Take It Off---The Donnas
Hey Yeah---Outkast
Fight the Power---Public Enemy
The End---The Doors
Pink Moon---Nick Drake
Desolation Row---Dylan
Whine & Grine---The Beat
Spinning Away---Eno & Cale
Learn To Fly---Foo Fighters
Three Days---Jane's Addiction
Oh Well---Fleetwood Mac
Solsbury Hill---Peter Gabriel
I Think I'm Paranoid---Garbage
Tony---Patty Griffin
Drag Days---Guided By Voices
All the Critics Love You In NY---Prince

Okay---enuf for now. I'm only up to "G," with a few others tossed in. Clearly, I am an impulse shopper.

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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 04:16 PM
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113. Joan Osbourne's cover of What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
left me sitting there stunned.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 04:20 PM
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114. "Third Stone From The Sun" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
I saw them do that one live in Milwaukee, The Soft Machine opened.
:hi:
:smoke:
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 04:30 PM
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115. "And Your Bird Can Sing" by the Beatles.
"Save It For Later" by the (English) Beat.
"The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes" by Elvis Costello.
"That's What They All Say" by Graham Parker & the Rumour.
And I second kahuna's nomination of "I Want You Back" by the Jackson Five.
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