Monday, July 03, 2006

"Best Parts of Songs" Meme: Popular Music Edition

Right at this very moment I am watching Rock Star: Supernova. Yes; me. Yes; that. It's a very guilty pleasure of mine, like Ben & Jerry's Phish Food or blogging instead of vacuuming. I'm enjoying the strong alto girlsingers getting all Janis up on stage; and an hour of reliving my high school air-guitar fantasies; and, on a related note, hearing grownups talk like high-schoolers ("Duuude! That killed! Rock on, man!")

So, since I'm in the mood, I'll present to you a meme I first saw on a fellow RevGalBlogPal's blog -- can't remember who, but a hat tip to you. These are not a list of favorite songs, but a list of favorite parts of songs. I've taken the liberty of narrowing the scope down to popular music (a category which to me includes music from decades long past), and including instrumental portions of songs. And these may not even be my favorite favorite parts of songs -- just five parts that make me grin, and perhaps also want to bring out my imaginary musical instruments, when I hear them. Feel free to borrow.

1. the drum solo interlude in "Sing, Sing, Sing" -- the greatest percussion piece of all time, in my humble opinion

2. The last part of REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" -- and what a fun song that is -- where the band breaks into folky Peter-Paul-and-Mary harmonizing before a cacaphonic finish

3. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T..." -- sock it to me, Aretha

4. Clapton's guitar intro to "Layla"

5. The last minutes of "Stairway to Heaven"

Flick your Bic for five song bits that kill. Rock on.

4 comments:

JWD said...

Watching Supernova now, LC. :) Right there with ya.

Dash said...

I played, too! Only I only remember old pop songs. I stopped listening to pop in high school, so I don't have any newer song bits to list ....

LutheranChik said...

True to form, I woke up this morning thinking, "You idiot -- why didn't you list___________." That one part of CSN's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" -- how'd I forget that? Or some of the instrumentals in old Chicago tunes? Or the first few moments of "Strawberry Fields Forever"? Or Clarence Clemons on "Born to Run"? D'oh! Or "Late Lament" on the long version of "Nights in White Satin"? Or -- shoot me -- the opening chords of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida." Or that lilting little repeating bit in "Uncle John's Band," and the minor note on which the song ends. Or the abrupt ending of "A Day in the Life." Or...or...

J.C. Fisher said...

1) I'll take the horn rave-up at the end of "Sing, Sing, Sing" LC

2) The guitar riff intro to "Whole Lotta Love": ignore the misogynist lyrics and ROCK ON!

3) For that matter, all the guitar riff intros to 60s/early 70s Stones or Kinks...

4) Speakin' of 'Retha: for me, it's that little bass line intro, before the introductory chorus breaks in on "Chain of Fools". When I lived in NYC, I used to take the 1/7 uptown to my shrink (Hey, I was in NYC, and in seminary: EVERYBODY has a shrink! ;-p). There's this place in Harlem, where the 1/7 briefly switches from a subway, to an el. For some reason, whenever we broke into the sunlight, looking down on the brownstones and projects and bodegas below, I always heard in my head "Chain-chain-chaaaain! Chain-chain-chaain! Chain-chain-cha-a-a-a-a-ain, chain of fools!" (Don't ask me why---come to think of it, maybe I should have asked my shrink? *g*)

5) Guitar riff intro to "Smoke on the Water"

Bonus: synthesizer riff intro to "1999". Just like your REM selection, LC, another song to make one look forward to the Apocalypse! *LOL*