Take me anywhere.
First impressions matter only so much.
The rousing start of an eminent epic; the humble beginnings of a stunning masterpiece; the lovely prelude to an intimate connection shared between giver and receiver; the delightful introduction to a beautiful relationship, leading to something much, much, more… after which, there is plenty to live up to.
What if subsequent tracks failed to further stimulate the auditory senses?
What if after all the glorious highs, the only way to go is down, again?
It may or may not have been a make-or-break moment for an album, but like it or not – first tracks are there to serve a purpose. Maybe.
And so, after spending the weekend looping Band of Horses’ aptly titled “The First Song”, I pondered about the other songs that have similarly enticed me right from the very start. I am sure I left out quite a few, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind.
Favourite first tracks:
“I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”, Wilco
“At Least That’s What You Said”, Wilco
“Cardinal Song”, The National
“Secret Meeting”, The National
“Fake Empire”, The National
“Our Faces Split The Coast In Half”, Broken Social Scene
“Winning a Battle, Losing the War”, Kings of Convenience
“Don’t Panic”, Coldplay
“Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors”, Editors
“Alibi”, David Gray
“Nice to Know You”, Incubus
“The First Song”, Band of Horses
“To the Moon and Back”, Savage Garden
“It Was There That I Saw You”, … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Perhaps I will end up doing favourite last tracks next…