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Cool Song Parts, Part 2 (updated a lot)

My choices (see here), to be added to at whim, provided I clean my desk off first: * Breeders - Cannonball The whole song is great, but the frenzied guitar in the middle is something you anticipate with glee every time. * Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song The whole beginning. Air guitar heaven. * Ism - I Think I Love You 80's punk remake of the Partridge Family song. The accordion solo in the middle is worth the listening to the tortured singing. * Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees But I can't help the feeling I could blow through the ceiling If I just turn and run The whole song is phenomenal, but that one part gives me chills every time * Toadies - Possum Kingdom The whole riff before the be my angel verse towards the end. * Deftones - Bored The first few minutes, from the lone, staccato guitar riff, right until the whole band kicks in. * The Clash - Radio Clash But now this sound is breakig, and want to be freeeee-eeeeeee-eeeeeeeeeee * Failure - Stuck on You I can't escape your incessant whine Just love the way he sings that line * You know where you are? You're in the jungle baby You're gonna die! The beginning to White Zombie's Thunderkiss 65, which I still maintain is the best driving song ever recorded. James - Laid Someone in the comments mentioned this, but not my particular favorite part. I like fought with kitchen knives and skewers . The way he says skewers cracks me up. More later. I have a zit on my face that looks - to me, anyhow- like a weapon of mass destruction. I'm thinking of hiring Scott Ritter to come take a look at it. Or maybe I can just call the local radio station and tell them that my zit resembles the Virgin Mary, then I can charge everyone to come stare at me. A paper bag over the head works, too. Update: This is what my zit looks like!


My favorite refrain from any song is Pink Floyd's
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking.
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older.
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Then there's Rush's
"If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice"

Danzig for online shootem up games. Nothing quite like it.

Marble - Ditto on the Rush comment. (bad pun)

Naw, that there is an egg yolk... see the little chicken's black little eye down at the bottom? Eeewww.

word up on the breeders, radiohead, and especially white zombie calls.

the part of the toadies song you speak of is especially interesting because it essentially combines two rythyms to make a new, comlpex beat.

also on my list would be Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter" intro, the actual coughing part of DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat" (uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh goddam!), the end of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name", and I digress...

I remember ISM.... they did that all time classic WHITE CASTLES AT 3AM!!

(those you way outside of NYC may not understand...)

Ditto Marble's reference to Pink Floyd. I will add my favs later.

is it rude to say that your zit looks kinda cute?

James' Laid is the best "whole car sing along" song ever. And I agree fully about the skewers bit.

Now that's gonna be stuck in my head all day. And I don't own it except on a mix tape. Guess what I'm looking for tonight?

"You think you're so pretteeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"


You'll get no argument on Thunderkiss '65 as a perfect driving song. I sorta wish (this is heresy, I know) that Zombie would re-record it with better production values, because it's one of the few ones I think would benefit from it. The bastard would probably just remix it, though.

I have thousands of those little moments in my CD collection, but of course I can't think of them right now (my wife thinks I'm nuts when I pick out a little drum bit and say "that's what makes this song great!"). Most of them involve dynamics or rhythm changes, but a few are just straight out great riffs or vocal parts.

--Bass drum riff on "Becoming" by Pantera (just heard it today).
--I'm a sucker for Zakk Wylde's "guitar squeals" from his work with Ozzy, and he also has one of my favorite solos ever in "No More Tears."
--A new one: there's a bit in Machine Head's "All Falls Down" (from the new album) where the lead vocal trades off yells with another vocal part. Very cool.

Cheap Shot:

You're too old for Ritter.

Not cheap shot:

Doesn't it just suck that the Clash were, well, Commies?

Eewww! It's a blackhead!

Aimee Mann: "Frankenstein"
"With a mind of its own,
and a fist for a face.
Say hello to your own creation,
it's better than real, it's
a real imitation."

Kevin Gilbert: "Goodness Gracious"
"Goodness gracious, we came in at the end,
no sex that isn't dangerous, no money left to spend,
we're the cleanup crew for parties we were too young to attend,
goodness gracious me."

Cake: "Satan is My Motor"
"Satan is my motor.
Hear my motor purr.
Satan is my motor.
Hear my motor purr.
Satan is the only one
who seems to understand."

The last third of the Clash's "Complete Control" never fails to make my heart pump faster.

I just felt like I attended The School of Rock's reunion. So many memories.

The bass guitar break before the third verse and final chorus of "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" (Mission of Burma version, natch):

"Tonight the sky is empty/But that is nothing new/Its dead eyes look upon us/And they tell me we're nothing but slaves."

That's when I reach ... oh, you know the rest, doncha?

Ditto on the Pink Floyd reference.

Michele. Holy crap! Does it have an eye, or a tooth? It could be the twin you absorbed in the womb.

Personally I think it sucks to be over 40 and get zits. That is not right.

Stevie Ray Vaughn, opening line and riff on 'The Sky is Crying'

U2 and BB King doing the chorus on 'When Love Comes to Town'

Bob Marley and Wailers, 'Jammin'

Lou Reed 'Walk on the Wild Side', you know the part.

Concrete Blonde, 'Tomorrow, Wendy';
I told the priest, don't count on any second coming
God got his ass kicked the first time he came down here slumming

Probably should be some Hendrix and Bowie too...

Ditto on Fake Plastic Trees -- but what does it for me is that whole verse, especially including the high guitar moving up the scale that comes in right before those lines you quoted to complete the full wall-of-sound for the song's climax. They do something really similar leading into the final chorus of "Sulk" too, same album -- just playing octaves of the root note, with a short diversion into fast tremolo picking for that one measure towards the end to just push it over the top before returning to root-note octaves for the finale.

Neil Young's one-note guitar solos in "Cinnamon Girl" and "Down By the River." Minimalism at its best.

The RetroCrush site already mentioned the end of "Gimme Shelter," with the high female vocals doing the "Rape, Murder" line. Brrrrr .... (chills) -- but also from the Stones, the third chorus of "Tumblin' Dice" -- that calm interlude leading into the fade-out for several measures, with the sweetest interplay between the two female vocalists (dig their vibrato on the word "Diiiiiiice" in this chorus), the two guitars, and just under the surface, Mick and a hint of trombone.

There are so many others from the Stones: Nicky Hopkins's piano figures in many of them, such as the first verse of "Loving Cup," or the building frenzy of his New Orleans jelly-roll whorehouse piano licks towards the end of "Sympathy for the Devil." Al Kooper does some similar keyboard fireworks at the climax of "Can't Always Get What You Want," on piano and organ, through the magic of overdubbing.

The whole heavily-chorused guitar intro to Liz Phair's "Shatter" off Exile in Guyville ... and a few of the lines from "Divorce Song," same album: "If you'd known how that would sound to me ..."; "You put in my hands a loaded gun and then told me not to fire it ..."; and "It's harder to be friends than lovers, and you shouldn't try to mix the two ..." - I've had that album playing in the background, not even loudly, on more than one occasion when I've had women over for dinner; they always ask me during that song who that is on the stereo, and then comment how much they like the lyrics.

Motley Crue, "Live Wire," that pause with three "tuks" of the cowbell (nod to Ace of Spades).

Ministry, "Psalm 69": "And now, it's time for us to give a little luuv back to Gawd ..."

The RetroCrush site mentioned "Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction; that's actually one of my least favorite songs of theirs, along with "Jane Says." But the two centerpiece songs on Ritual both have moments that induce a Full-Body-Rock-Orgasm ™: the climaxes of "Three Days" ("Erotic Je-sus!" and those guitar chords and booming drums), and "Then She Did" ("Won't you say hello to my ma ...," with a guitar / drum interplay every bit as powerful as "Three Days," plus strings!)

Black Crowes, "My Morning Song," the bridge and final chorus that start from a soft, sweet Allman-esque respite from the guitar solo, then slowly build with those haunting female background vocals into another Full-Body Rock Orgasm of a song climax.

Ray Charles, "Moanin," with the Quincy Jones Orchestra -- the interplay at the beginning between Ray's organ and the big band, and that tone, that weird and wonderful tone, he gets on the organ, especially that fast staccato during the third back-and-forth.

Aretha Franklin, "I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You," end of the chorus, where the backing musicians just stop and let Aretha and the background vocals (or is that her overdubbed?) sing the title line in that sexy, slinky way that has you hanging on every line, dripping with anticipation at every intake of breath.

FNM, "Kindergarten" -- Billy Gould's bass solo, ending with that pregnant "wait for it ..." pause before they crash into that awesome final verse.

Jimi Hendrix, "Machine Gun" off Band of Gypsys: the last bridge / verse / whatever it is, with Jimi singing his incomprehensible lyrics (unfortunately, as a lyricist, Jimi was a great guitar player) as Billy and Buddy sing "woooooooooooh-ooooooooh-oooooooooh" behind him.

Parliament, "Night of the Thumpasaurus Peoples," the beginning of the outro, with the chanting "Ga Ga Goo Ga" and Bernie's, er, digestive, keyboard noises. Now that's funky.

Alex, I'm with you on Three Days. Also on the FNM, but I was going to go with Caffeine - from "But it's so easy for you" right up to "I'm warning you."

Alanis Morrisette. "Do you think of me when you fuck her?"
"And everytime I scratch my nails down someone's elses back I hope you feel it"
Pure anger, I love that.

Good theme, here's a few of some I'll put up on my site later with attribution...

1. When you realize that it's a separate guy yelling at you in Prong's "Prove You Wrong."

2. The second chorus of the English Beat's "Save It For Later" when the strings kick in.

3. Any computerized voice, anytime [Beck's "Where It's At", Stereolab's "Puncture in the Radax Permutation", Radiohead's "Paranoid Android", Pink Floyd's "Keep Talking" (featuring Stephen Hawking)].

4. The cat-meowing sample from A Tribe Called Quest's "Steve Biko".

So, "Surrender" by Cheap Trick (At Budokan) just came on the random shuffle. How can we forget the part where they just start wailing "Awayyyyy, awayyyyyy...." (3:14) and then the rest of the chorus kicks in and the "WE'RE ALL ALRIGHT! WE'RE ALL ALRIGHT!"... an important album, I think as we learned just how much Japanese love their rock and roll.

We play "Surrender" live at Killeen in 3 weeks!

awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayaaaaaaaayaaaaaaa aaaa

I love the guitar bridge in the middle of the Cars' "My Best Friend's Girl."

For that matter, I love their whole debut album. It kicked serious ass.

I'll go with the base-like voice bridge in the Stone Roses' "One Love" ('Show me your vision you wild apparition and sing it to the depths of your soul').

And the guitar solo in Material Issue's "Very First Lie".

The Clash were definitely not commies. They were equal-opportunity offenders: going after Profumo Affairs ("The Leader"), lazy leftists ("Career Opportunities" can be read many ways), you lot (wot!?), Ayatollahs ("Rock the Casbah"), Ivan and G.I. Joe (duh), and bad architecture ("Up in Heaven"). And they even honor veterans with "The Card Cheat". Just because a guy wears a Red Brigades t-shirt doesn't make him a commie. It just gets attention without resorting to a combination of anal sex and blogging.