This post is inspired by OT-er Dan Scotto. Dan tweeted:
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, into While My Guitar Gently Weeps, into Happiness is a Warm Gun, is the best 3-song combo ever.
— Dan Scotto (@therotund1b) June 12, 2015
I know I don’t post that much around here these days, but I’d often thought of writing about albums with the best starting tracks…so I’m going to just springboard off of Dan’s tweet and list some great three-song combos.
But before I get into that, here’s the combo Dan highlighted:
I’m a writer by trade, but not a journalist or pundit or anything that interesting. I’m a business and technical writer, which basically means I write a lot of really dry crap, and that I often have to take vague snippets of technical information and turn them into some sort of narrative that appears as something more than the verbal upchuck of the Borg. For that, I often rely on high-energy music.
In the past month or two, I’ve started re-visiting a lot of late 90s punk, and it was the first three songs of No Use For A Names’s ¡Leche Con Carne! album that first made me think of writing about the beginnings of albums. The first three tracks are just killer:
The 80s were a lot more than synth pop. That was when we saw the rise of rap, and even middle class, suburban, Wonder Bread me wasn’t immune to its allure (and, at the time, no one knew the term “Hip Hop”). So, yes of course, I owned Run D.M.C.’s Tougher Than Leather, with the damned fine starting trio of:
(By the way, after digging these videos out, I realized just how insanely good Run D.M.C. was. Truly, it was lost on 12-year-old me.)
Alright, we’re back to the 90s, and we’re back 90s punk. Here are the first three tracks from Ten Foot Pole‘s album Rev:
(And, again, for our baseball fans, that’s Scott Radinsky fronting Ten Foot Pole.)
We’re all sick of Bono, right? Even if he’s right about god-damned everything 100% of the god-damned time, we’re sick of him. It’s been a lifetime since that mullet first started bouncing around Live Aid, and we’ve really had enough…except that U2 is quite the band. You could pull three songs off of just about any album to populate this list, and you wouldn’t go wrong.
Today, however, we’re going to Achtung Baby…but we’re not going with the obvious. You’d think I’d highlight Even Better Than The Real Thing, One and Until the End of the World, but the the greatness of this album really comes at the very end, the songs that never meet the radio:
I wanted to include some Canadian stuff…which has really been lacking so far in this list. Naturally, I went to the Tragically Hip’s discology to find a trio. Sadly, I couldn’t find one, so I’m going to go with some Sloan. Sure, Raspberry isn’t the greatest Sloan song, but I am the Cancer might be, and Underwhelmed is just a Canadian classic.
There are so many other bands that have put together a strong three-song group, The Streets, Creeper Lagoon, Afghan Whigs, Neil Young…and on and on and on.
What you got?