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Glebe

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Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« on: November 18, 2019, 06:43:25 PM »
As a companion to this thread and well I guess there's a lot of intros that are dissimilar of the rest of the composition, but my lazy brain cannae think of too many right now.

The intro to the Velvets' 'Sweet Jane' is one of the most gorgeous little pieces of music ever.

There is of course the classic metal cliche of the album-opener with a melodic intro following by a full-on thrash onslaught, Metallica have form with this:

'Fight Fire with Fire'.

'Battery'.

'Blackened'.

The intro to 'Blackened' is off course backwards, I think they did that because on reflection they thought the original recording was a bit run-of-the-mill, which I'd certainly agree with.

Um, having a brain fart. Any more suggestions?

thecuriousorange

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2019, 06:59:04 PM »
Paranoid. That famous intro is just that. The intro and no more.


purlieu

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2019, 07:38:23 PM »
The Cure - A Forest. Love the riff, it never properly reappears again.
Idlewild - I Understand It. Starts with what you expect to be the verse, only for it to never appear again.
The Amorphous Androgynous - The Galaxial Pharmaceutical. Gorgeous four minute ambient intro that starts the 15 minute epic wonderfully, but doesn't directly tie in to any other part of the song.

The Manics did a few of these back in the day:
Love's Sweet Exile
Little Baby Nothing
Crucifix Kiss
Revol
PCP

Brundle-Fly

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2019, 08:11:27 PM »
<Babylon Zoo tiptoe out of thread with relief.>

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2019, 08:52:51 PM »
I Am The Walrus

Tracks Of My Tears

Respect

Across The Universe

Spiteface

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2019, 09:30:33 PM »
"What Do You Want From Me?" by Monaco Has Peter Hook doing none-more-Hooky bass for an intro that's a one-off in the song.

The Manics did a few of these back in the day:

add "Condemned to Rock & Roll" to that pile.

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2019, 11:18:24 PM »
Man Out of Time by Elvis Costello immediately sprang to mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XDuHPLzsxM

thecuriousorange

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2019, 11:27:01 PM »
Good one. The opening is apparently from an early, more-raucous version, which was scrapped. But you probably know that.

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2019, 11:31:25 PM »
Sleeper - Sale of the Century

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rJEyKr7J0Wc

REM - I Believe

Features Peter Buck having a go on the banjo.

https://youtu.be/aopES6KCBQs

Sparklehorse - Someday I Will Treat You Good

Lo-fi intro section

https://youtu.be/Em6c3R_kqy8

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2019, 11:59:47 PM »
California Girls

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2019, 12:55:29 AM »
Cass McCombs - Sleeping Volcanoes

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ySb3kgoVAe4

Field Music - Disappointed

https://youtu.be/ttvYmfAnZ30

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2019, 02:05:40 AM »
That big chord at the start of A Hard Day's Night?

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2019, 02:23:19 AM »
Spiritualized - So Long You Pretty Thing

The girl's voice on the intro is Jason's oldest daughter Poppy Spaceman, who also gets a co-writing credit for the most annoying part of an otherwise epic anthem!

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2019, 10:11:52 AM »
Blank Generation / Richard Hell
Stay With Me / Faces

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2019, 10:15:38 AM »
I Am The Walrus

That electric piano is literally the backbone of the whole song from beginning to end!

boki

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2019, 10:43:33 AM »
Do Anything by The Wildhearts begins with a two and a half minute post-rocky instrumental, goes a little bit industrial and then settles for being a powerpop banger for the remainder because Wildhearts.  A classic example of that 90s trope of bands just casually tossing out great non-album B-sides.

thecuriousorange

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2019, 07:36:40 PM »
Wouldn't It Be Nice with its little ice-cream van intro.

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2019, 07:48:59 PM »
The Buttholes' Sweatloaf: whether it be the long synthy fade in of the album version, or the Doors pastiche of the live version, the intro bears no relationship to the main song.

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2019, 10:39:01 PM »
There must be billions of these. ‘Cannonball’ by The Breeders and ‘I Don’t Want Control of You’ by Teenage Fanclub are the two that’ve sprung straight to mind.

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2019, 11:17:48 AM »

In a move analogous to their career, New Fads' Bruises starts with a sprightly, slightly off-kilter blast of indie guitar, before settling into an overlong serious plodder.

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2019, 11:34:17 AM »
He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot

Miserable Lie- the start is amazing; after that it becomes, for my money, a bit of a sub-Buzzcocks thrashy bore.


Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2019, 01:11:37 PM »
Just realised that the first three tracks on REM’s debut album Murmur all do this (Radio Free Europe, Pilgrimage, Laughing).

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2019, 01:36:30 PM »
Wouldn't It Be Nice with its little ice-cream van intro.

Doesn't that reappear later in the bridge though, but in a different key?

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2019, 07:28:28 PM »
The horn section bit at the start of 'Never Forget' by Take That.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPuZTXyp2gc

You campaigned for Cameron, Barlow. Too right i'll never forget.

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2019, 07:49:02 PM »
Doesn't that reappear later in the bridge though, but in a different key?
Yep, good point.

TheMonk

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Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2019, 11:24:19 AM »
Eight Days A Week
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
Road To Nowhere

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2019, 11:39:57 AM »
Eight Days A Week

It's the ending as well, isn't it?

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2019, 01:38:10 PM »
I've always wished that the Moneyesque intro to Dragonaut by Sleep made up more of the song. I particularly like the bit from about 45 seconds in, when the band lock into a groove. It's very groovy.

Re: Songs where the intro is not the rest of the song.
« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2019, 04:36:10 PM »