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(Times Union)   "The greatest rock 'n' roll intros....sort of." What are the greatest drum, bass, guitar, and keyboard intros in the history of rock 'n' roll? Let the debate begin   (blog.timesunion.com) divider line
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2020-12-03 11:36:17 AM  
Not bad, but for bass, I'd definitely include Billie Jean. I'll catch hell for this because it's not actually bass guitar, but Seven Nation Army should be included too.

Guitar: C'mon man...no Johnny B. Goode? The most amazing thing about that is how well it still holds up. 60 years after it was written, it still holds up as one of rock's greatest songs, and one of the best to exemplify the genre.

Drums: The author didn't go much into metal, but Skin O' My Teeth by Megadeth or Painkiller by Judas Priest would be a few of my choices.
 
2020-12-03 11:39:10 AM  
Gimme Shelter
 
2020-12-03 11:41:18 AM  
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Genesis

Glad this made it. Banks was my inspiration for becoming a musician, and taking up keyboard specifically. He had a cool hand-over-hand technique for this intro. I would put this over that for Tony Banks, tho:

Genesis - Firth Of Fifth
Youtube SD5engyVXe0
 
2020-12-03 11:42:10 AM  
worst cover ever! *the final count down*
Youtube FjeMDvCdrtc
 
2020-12-03 11:43:29 AM  
I don't know, but whatever it is, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Tommy Tedesco, and Larry Knechtel probably were the ones playing it.
 
2020-12-03 11:50:05 AM  
Oh 'Billie Jean' for sure.

I'd also like to add 'Time is Tight', but the whole song is an amazing journey for a simple soul instrumental.

Starts slow with bass and guitar, organ swells, then Cropper's guitar solo cuts a crisp line through it all culminating in Booker's organ freakout with rock-solid backing by Dunn and Jackson. 

Booker T. & The MG's - Time Is Tight
Youtube 50xx1_CbJTI
 
2020-12-03 11:50:28 AM  
I mean of course the list sucks to begin with because the best intros are in metal.

But it's hard to take the author seriously with shiat like this

" Sweet Child o' Mine/Guns and Roses -Slash -The opening chords of one of the greatest debut songs and debut albums in the annals of rock, performed by Slash, "

chords?
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 
2020-12-03 11:50:42 AM  
Not sure this counts given the way it is listed on the album, but for keyboards...

Foreplay / Long Time
Youtube V7x8Oy0LMZw
 
2020-12-03 11:51:06 AM  

gulley: I don't know, but whatever it is, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Tommy Tedesco, and Larry Knechtel probably were the ones playing it.


Who?

/i kid
 
2020-12-03 11:53:24 AM  
Van Halen - Hot For Teacher
Youtube bMPlPJP2brw
 
2020-12-03 11:53:52 AM  

Leader O'Cola: because the best intros are in metal.


: |
 
2020-12-03 11:57:14 AM  
Tie between Barry White - "I'm Gonna Love You" and the O'Jays "For The Love Of Money"

Barry by one point:
Barry White - I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More
Youtube 746uWZseUTk

back in the day this song used to drop panties by the dozens at his concerts...

and just for grins because FARK won't let me post it, The O'Jays
 
2020-12-03 12:00:43 PM  
The lists are actually pretty good, but it needs a real Eddie Van Halen song on there (not You Really Got Me and definitely not Jump).  Maybe Beautiful Girls, or ...Cradle Will Rock, or Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, or many other choices.
 
2020-12-03 12:04:27 PM  

MagicBus: The lists are actually pretty good, but it needs a real Eddie Van Halen song on there (not You Really Got Me and definitely not Jump).  Maybe Beautiful Girls, or ...Cradle Will Rock, or Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, or many other choices.


I came in here to say Eruption too
 
2020-12-03 12:06:31 PM  
FTA:  "Eddie's intro tears into your soul in a way that had to at least impress Davies."

If I'm not mistaken, Davies thought the VH version was nowhere near as good as his.
 
2020-12-03 12:08:43 PM  
Good lists. I would add the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles for guitar and "Monkey Man" by the Rolling Stones for keyboards. I'm not surprised that John Bonham dominates the drum list. I'd be surprised if he didn't.
 
2020-12-03 12:10:43 PM  

Biledriver: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/bMPlPJP2​brw]


You're goddamned right.  The lead-in with Alex's drums is awesome, and then Eddie's guitar jumping in with a howl is a perfect addition.
 
2020-12-03 12:11:39 PM  
I first read the headline as best Drum 'n Bass - rock 'n roll intros and my brain could not comprehend.  Although I'm sure some exist.
 
2020-12-03 12:13:54 PM  
I've always admired this idiotic guitar intro for its over-the-top effort to seem somehow cool to the non-xian white kids who might hear it. As for me I smelled a rat right away, and have loved the absurdity of it ever since. It's....God Awful.

Giant - I'm a Believer
Youtube XAbO7IcIG_o
 
2020-12-03 12:20:53 PM  
I Know A Little by Skynard for a full-band intro.
Does Eruption by VH count as an intro or is that its own song?
 
2020-12-03 12:24:50 PM  
So many to choose from, but this has always been a fav:

Can't you hear me knocking- rolling stones
Youtube 3fa4HUiFJ6c
 
2020-12-03 12:26:16 PM  
I'd go with Eric Johnson's Cliffs of Dover
 
2020-12-03 12:30:49 PM  
What a great piano intro might sound like:
Steely Dan - Fire in the Hole
Youtube WoUkIXVpw_4
 
2020-12-03 12:33:33 PM  
Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Pt. III
Youtube vL0prDcdw2g
 
2020-12-03 12:34:04 PM  

Biledriver: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/bMPlPJP2​brw]


This...

Thank you...
 
2020-12-03 12:35:13 PM  
PRIMUS - John THe Fisherman
Youtube lkFMJ4-ai1I


They have a lot of strong candidates, here is one.

Tommy the Cat is a crowd favorite
 
2020-12-03 12:38:31 PM  
The Beatles - I Feel Fine
Youtube WrAV5EVI4tU
 
2020-12-03 12:40:37 PM  
Little Dolls
Youtube hA1CKGGPYPA
 
2020-12-03 12:51:13 PM  

Leader O'Cola: I mean of course the list sucks to begin with because the best intros are in metal.

But it's hard to take the author seriously with shiat like this

" Sweet Child o' Mine/Guns and Roses -Slash -The opening chords of one of the greatest debut songs and debut albums in the annals of rock, performed by Slash, "

chords?
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


guess everyone in this thread thinks they are chords too
 
2020-12-03 12:58:50 PM  
Dead Kennedys, 'Holiday in Cambodia'
 
2020-12-03 12:59:33 PM  
Almost everything Tool produces. There are a couple of Tool musical pieces that start IMMEDIATELY! but most have intros that are very long and set the mood for what's coming, like the "Lost Keys/Blame Hoffman" intro does for "Rosetta Stoned". It's listed as a separate "song" but it's actually the intro to the piece, "Rosetta Stoned." I'm not linking them because they are hard-core Tool and not easily understood/digested by regular music listeners.
 
2020-12-03 1:08:35 PM  
Lou Reed - Sweet Jane from Rock n Roll Animal
Youtube 7FdWPeHFAMk
 
2020-12-03 1:30:25 PM  

Billy Liar: Dead Kennedys, 'Holiday in Cambodia'


"Police Truck" is a solid choice too.
 
2020-12-03 1:38:17 PM  
Guitar:

AC/DC - Thunderstruck (Official Video)
Youtube v2AC41dglnM
 
2020-12-03 1:39:26 PM  
Missing from the drums list:
The Collapsable Hearts Club - Easy Street feat. Jim Bianco & Petra Haden (Cover Art)
Youtube ZD0UfiJTkVM
 
2020-12-03 1:40:19 PM  

Famishus: Guitar:

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those are some sick chords!
 
2020-12-03 1:53:26 PM  
Cemetery Gates-Pantera
Jungle Love-Morris Day and The Time
When Doves Cry-Prince
 
2020-12-03 1:53:34 PM  
Time Captives
Youtube vOp5xEporv8
 
2020-12-03 2:03:24 PM  

A Recovering Juggalo: When Doves Cry-Prince


Good call.  Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was fascinated by that and brought it up when he got to talk shop with Prince.

When Billy met Prince
 
2020-12-03 2:05:18 PM  
Electrifying Mojo, MidNight Funk Association
Youtube ekGhpCKLnRk
 
2020-12-03 2:07:51 PM  
Clutch - Big News I & II
Youtube _K-FES3tElg
 
2020-12-03 2:52:57 PM  
Jesus christ I don't think I'd ever want to be trapped on a road trip with most of you.
 
2020-12-03 3:06:20 PM  

Famishus: Guitar:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/v2AC41dg​lnM]


Alternatively by AC/DC:
AC/DC - Back In Black (Official Video)
Youtube pAgnJDJN4VA
 
2020-12-03 3:07:22 PM  

Slypork: Famishus: Guitar:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/v2AC41dg​lnM]

Alternatively by AC/DC:
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/pAgnJDJN​4VA]


or
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (Official Video)
Youtube Lo2qQmj0_h4
 
2020-12-03 3:18:57 PM  
A one, two, three, four, five, six,
ROAD RUNNER,
ROAD RUNNER!
 
2020-12-03 3:46:43 PM  

Myk-House of El: Not sure this counts given the way it is listed on the album, but for keyboards...

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Came here to post the Boston song, but I'll settle for another classic from that era.

Steve Miller Band : Jet Airliner LONG VERSION
Youtube y9QnFWey6HY
 
2020-12-03 3:57:33 PM  
Oh and this, though it's pretty much all the instruments.

The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Youtube pJV2pWFyfn4
 
2020-12-03 4:01:59 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Jesus christ I don't think I'd ever want to be trapped on a road trip with most of you.


I wouldn't trust you in the trunk with my luggage.
 
2020-12-03 4:09:51 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: gunther_bumpass: Jesus christ I don't think I'd ever want to be trapped on a road trip with most of you.

I wouldn't trust you in the trunk with my luggage.


Great. Let me out somewhere along the way because I can't take any more of this dad buttrock garbage you people listen to.

I'm honestly shocked that not one of you musical scholars has suggested a Steve Miller song yet.
 
2020-12-03 4:11:49 PM  
Great bass intro:
Pink Floyd - Money (Official Music Video)
Youtube -0kcet4aPpQ
 
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