Music blog "It's All Indie" tweeted yesterday about a list of great opening tracks that they put together in July. There are some gooduns on their list, but it inspired me to go one better. And then another three more so it would fit into my 20 songs series.
So without further ado, shall we get started?
Sparklehorse - "It's a Wonderful Life" (It's a Wonderful Life)
Because it's my go-to mixtape opener. How else could I start a mix of opening tracks?
Pulp - "The Fear" (This is Hardcore)
Because this is how you follow your Britpop masterclass: with the sound of loneliness turned up to ten.
R.E.M. - "Harborcoat" (Reckoning)
Because it's a perfect start to a practically perfect album.
Gene - "Haunted By You" (Olympian)
Because it's a perfect start to a flawed debut album.
Supergrass - "Za" (Life on Other Planets)
Because it's also a great way to open a live set.
Ride - "Leave Them All Behind" (Going Blank Again)
Because it's simply the most epic.
John Grant - "Pale Green Ghosts" (Pale Green Ghosts)
Because it will worm its way inside your brain.
The Auteurs - "Lenny Valentino" (Now I'm a Cowboy)
Because it's Lenny and Luke.
Wilco - "I am Trying to Break Your Heart" (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army" (Elephant)
Because it doesn't get played enough. Hmm…