Musings on the byways of popular culture
21/07/2017 by niallb 23 Comments
21/07/2017 at 16:22
The best first 18 seconds of any record ever made. Bloody ever. Anywhere.
Unless you know different 😉
Bingo Little says
21/07/2017 at 18:15
Funnily enough, I happened to listen to 20CB on the way to work this morning and was thinking much the same. Supremely exciting.
22/07/2017 at 19:49
Same thrill I get listening to the opening bars of Pretty Vacant & Welcome to the Jungle.
Thrilling. Goosebumps Central 40 and 30 years on
21/07/2017 at 16:34
Contender #1. The Tubes “White Punks On Dope”.
Rigid Digit says
21/07/2017 at 17:56
Contender #2: The Clash – White Man In Hammersmith Palais
21/07/2017 at 18:02
The only real contender is another T.Rex single.
21/07/2017 at 18:34
Love all of those, but this…
Uncle Wheaty says
21/07/2017 at 18:46
25 seconds though for the full effect.
Sewer Robot says
21/07/2017 at 18:50
Oh, it’s exactly 17 seconds you’re looking for..?
(Beastie Boys – Sabotage)
21/07/2017 at 18:53
An “Ow” and an incredible opening 17 seconds. Usually enough to get to the dance floor.
21/07/2017 at 19:11
All fantastic offerings. I’d forgotten how good the intro to WPOD was. And of course, the Wicked Pickett!
Much as I love it, The Only Ones loses out for fading in. Once it hits, nothing better.
Keep ’em coming.
21/07/2017 at 19:25
OK, its only 13 seconds. But an extra 5 seconds of Bon’s vocal just adds to the thrill
AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie
21/07/2017 at 19:35
“Baby Baby Baaby”
Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize
21/07/2017 at 19:36
So good, you’ll want to play it twice
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
22/07/2017 at 02:29
The dance floor filler you say?
22/07/2017 at 09:20
Fifteen seconds: doobadoobadoobadoo Awwww
22/07/2017 at 10:02
Another nomination for the best first fifteen seconds:
22/07/2017 at 10:13
The “haaaah” is 55 seconds too late though
22/07/2017 at 10:07
Best first thirty-five seconds?
Black Celebration says
22/07/2017 at 11:01
This intro was the one that sprung to my mind.
22/07/2017 at 19:53
First heard this at full volume at a rock club night at Camden Palace.
The hairs stood (and still do) stand on the back of my neck whenever I hear it.
Honourable mentions for the PSB’s ‘It’s a Sin’ and The Damned’s ‘New Rose’
Peanuts Molloy says
23/07/2017 at 00:43
I would suggest this as being close to the OP:
I saw Thin Lizzy at a sports center in Bracknell in ’96 / 97. Clover did an excellent support set in their pre Huey Lewis days and then on came Phil Lynott and his mates accompanied by several thunderflash explosions. The smoke engulfed the audience and, being in a sports centre, had nowhere to go so stayed put. The band played on for two or three songs whilst the back doors were wafted and eventually we, band and audience, could each see each other and carried on.
Anyway the show finished and the audience started to drift away. I said to my wife to be, they’ll be back to do The Rocker and I was right.
23/07/2017 at 01:05
That should read “a sports centre in Bracknell in ’76 / 77. “
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