033 Album openers

Which song should we put at the start of the album?

Surely this question must have troubled every band. You’ve just recorded an albums worth of worthy material, but which of your precious babies to launch onto the unsuspecting public first? Maybe we can help with our choice of album opening tracks?

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(00:36) Sonic Youth – Dirty boots

Ross from Just Gimme Indie Rock

(05:43) Bob Marley – Keep on moving

Simon from You can call me Betty

(09:54) David Bowie – Five years

Michael from The Yank Sizzler Podcast

(15:15) Spank Rock – Backyard Betty

Bethanne from CTASLS

(19:28) Thragedium – Cupidus Gloriae

Marcos from Mindboosternoori

(21:55) Hope of the States – The black amnesias

Tim The Daily Growl

(27:23) The Stooges – Search and Destroy

ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(31:26) Butthole Surfers – Sweat loaf

Bob from Gimme Tinnitus

(36:21) Bruce Springsteen – Thunder road

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(42:03) Matthew Jay – Let your shoulder fall

Alex from Totally true tales from Texas

(46:56) Weezer – Tired of sex

Tim from FunFunFun

(50:10) Elvis Costello – Beyond Belief

Fraser from BKYLN song of the day

(53:43) Diffuser – I am

Andy from Circles of Concrete

(57:56) Nerf Herder – Vivian

Tom from Other People’s Toys

(01:01:20) The Gift – Front of

Nuno from Undercover Songs

(01:08:28) Guided by Voices – Hardcore UFOs

Jamie from The Run Out Groove

(01:10:38) The Sex Pistols – Holidays in the sun

FiL from Pogoagogo

Thank you to everyone who chose tracks this week. Make sure you investigate the artists you like via the useful links we have provided for just that purpose. Go on, you know you want to!

Next week we will have our second ‘musicians introduce their own songs’ episode. Make sure you come and listen as there will be lots of new and exciting music you might never have heard otherwise!

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Nice selection. Is this the first ever repeat of a song (Black Amnesias)? I approve.

I can’t wait to listen to this one this afternoon. Excellent things are ahead, I just know it!

I think you’re right Simon (it was the Opening Music for a Film CP right?), but it’s a good song, so tis okay. 🙂

A good album opener is often one that gives me a sweeping soaring adrenaline rush or grabs my attention immediately with a cool sound or beat and I definitely felt that here multiple times. I really like the sound of Spank Rock and of course Hope of the States.

Marcos, Tregedium is definitely up my alley and had I contributed to this podcast, I would have submitted a Therion song which is a similar genre (metal/folk/classical). Thanks for contributing that.

YeeHaw! Butthole Surfers (I’m proud of those local boys…)

Wow, this “Hope of the States” track is awsome! I didn’t know about this band, I’ll check it out as soon as I finish listening to this podcast! I know that Tim warns that they’re not as good as they seem, but I have to try…

Cindy: If you care to check out for Thragedium, IMHO their sound is WAY better than Therion… And they have a full album that you can download legally and for free in their website! Unfortunately it isn’t the best one, but still…

Hey,great show everybody !!!
That Spank Rock album kicks arse !!
Nice to hear the buttholes and weezer yeah !!!

I’m going to see the Flaming Lips tonight, so excited !!!

Excellent excellent choices everybody! I have listened with rapt attention beginning to end!

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I jus’ came back from the medicine man … first he said “open your mouth and dites 33…”

I open mouth and 33 here I am with the prescription he gave me :
“vitamins vitamins vitamins…”

Thanks y’all ! no need to go to the pharmacy, the cast fits the presc’ !

ZB your comments always crack me up!
I definitely will, MindBooster (and a free downloadable album is nice 🙂 )

I love the Matthew Jay track!!! Never heard him before, but now I feel compelled to seek it out!

Great stuff in there and finally Guided by Voices appeared, it was about time I guess. I had a slight foreboding when I read the topic of the podcast and so there they are. Keep on rockin’

Tim, I looove the photo! You are very clever indeed…

As ever, I’m frustrated by this thing called “work” that forces me to wait eons before I can download the podcast. Oh, the anticipation…

Daily Growl Tim, I kind of agree with you on HOTS, but I’m not sure it’s the best track on the album. Black Dollar Bills still gets me.

But, seeing as I’ve already submitted the track once before, I can’t argue with your choice! Choon.

i had the strangest emotional reaction to some of these tracks–the diffuser, matthew jay and bruce springsteen really knocked me back. i’m sure it’s just because of the fragile space i’m in right now, but they were great.

and then there were the sex pistols, and i recovered my equilibrium. : )

great choices, everyone.

Dang… I am quite happy with my choice of “Sweat Loaf” but really thought someone was gonna choose “Debaser” by the Pixies. Did anyone else have the feeling that picking the Pixies was, well, a bit cliche? Isn’t that sad? Cuz they friggin’ rock!

Oh well, in the future I promise to not be so Pixies-ophobic.

It turns out FIL of the blog pogo a go-go also considered “Debaser”.

See here:

“Debaser” was a runner-up for me, along with “GLoria” from Patti Smith’s “Horses,” “Lust For Life” from Iggy Pop, “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces” from Ben Folds Five, and “Five Years” from Bowie.

i just thought of what i would’ve submitted if i’d had more time–baba o’really from who’s next. oh, yeah, baby.

so tim, come on, give us a little head start this coming week. pretty please . . . 😉

ooops–baba o’reilly!

Is it safe to come out now? Sorry I was hiding under my covers because ZB’s intro was scary…I was scared. But then I was happy because that song kicks some major ass.
And I think Nat and Fraser should be in some sort of broadcasting…But I can’t say that I share in their love for Costello & Springsteen. I love them though. 🙂
And is it just me or does Andy just seem like a genuinely nice guy with good music taste.
Nuno, is my new best friend with exceptional music taste.
And can I just have a 24/7 FiL station? “All FiL all the time” That would be sweet!
And I have to give the nod to Tim with that amazing Hope of the States track

Great CP everyone. Thanks!

…heuney, I’m the weurld frighteuneun’ beuy
(seurry, I geff’ mi cold to mi keybeuy’d)

FiL .. my workmate Neil; helped me with the picture. He has a fab photoblog here:


Wow Rachel! I’m so incredibly flattered and simultaneously disappointed at the same time. You have in general such great taste in music and also such a penchant for songs that straddle that fine line between morose and magnificent, that I’m shocked that an album like Imperial Bedroom, with its deep and abiding anxiety of the tension and loss inherent in relationships, isn’t right up your alley. If Marcy is willing to reconsider Rainer Maria, I firmly urge you to give EC one more chance!
(Nat, if you want to advocate for Springsteen, it’s all on you.)

ZB, you made me giggle.

Fraser, my dear Fraser I always give music a second chance…”I can’t promise that I’ll try but I promise I will try to try.” -Bart Simpson

Seriously though I will listen again after I give it some time. I am not saying that I hate it at all I just don’t stand behind it %100 nothing personal though my dear. 😉

I have to advocate for The Boss? I think his work stands on its own merits. Forget that “he speaks for the working man” spin. The guy is a zillionaire. He speaks the plain and simple truth in his own marvelous way. With or without a backing band, he kicks major ass. You can pick on frivolity and “car songs,” but words like, “Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife baby edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my soul,” get to the core of living, baby!

and thank you for your compliment! Smiles!

Personally I’ve tried to understand ‘the boss’ .. but I still don’t get him??

Well, there’s no way I can make you “get” another artist, is there? I guess it’s better to agree to disagree in some cases!

Finally finished listening today – circumstances conspired against me this week. Sighhh…

A lovely podcast, scintillating in eclectica. Yes, I did consider The Pixies, but as I said in the ‘cast The Pistols have pole position in my black heart of rock ‘n’ roll.

Bethanne, great track, even though the eponymous Backyard Betty sounds like quite a frightening proposition…

Marcos, Thragedium was a treat. I have a lot of time for folk-metal, but most of my limited exposure has been to bands from cold, northern climates. Thank you!

Mon cher ZB, tell me, are there many street-walking cheetahs with hearts full of napalm down in Ikhtonia?

And Dearest Nats, as for Springsteen… Well, I get him. I understand what he does, and that he does it well. But I fear he speaks not to me. That said, there was one moment when he and I meshed: one Friday night nearly 15 years ago at a nondescript, packed local bar in Atlantic City. “Born To Run” came on the jukebox and, though until then the song had done nothing for me, at that point it all made sense and I sang along lustily with my friends and everyone else. How I knew the lyrics, I’m not too sure. After that we went our totally separate ways again and have never reconnected. But I’m so glad you submitted The Boss this week – it reminded me of that moment. Plus, the Podcast is all about Contrast, glorious Contrast, after all!

FiL always manages to say what I try to say so much better .. thanks FiL. He is right it is all about the contrast and I’d hate Nat to think that I’m not happy that she submitted Mr Springsteen 🙂 Just for you I’m going to put one of his albums on later and listen intently. Maybe something will click!

Ahhh, FiL. Last night, dear hubby and I went to see his eldest daughter sing in her classic rock cover band in a local dive bar. There was a smattering of dancing here and there, mostly by one middle-aged drunk guy wearing too tight jeans with a sweatshirt tucked in. Until. Until the band broke into “Born To Run.” Yes, the dance floor was suddenly awash in bouncing, joyful, blue-collar over-30 Americans. It was joyful. Alas, once the song was finished, the dancers returned to sticky bar stools to be entertained by Mr. Too-Tight Jeans and his various chosen dance partners. The Boss speaks to us, too, in a packed local bar!

I realized I haven’t commented on this podcast yet. This has been made favorite one so far. I listened to it 3 times in a row – that’s how good it was. Excellent choices by everyone!

And Rachel, thanks for your kind words. I try to be as genuinely nice as I can be. 🙂

Hooray for Sweat Loaf. The best album opener (and answering machine message! try it!) ever, and I didn’t hear it for years.
Man I’ve gone mellow 🙂

Glad people liked the HOTS track. Maybe I overstated the point about it being so much better than the rest of their stuff, but the singer’s voice was always IMHO the band’s weakest link, so I always wished they did more instrumentals like this. That said, the next most essential HOTS track is not even on their albums – it’s The Last Picture Show – a b-side to ‘The Red, The White, The Black, The Blue’. Well worth tracking down…

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