Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Six Best Fakeout Intros

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3. Van Dyke Parks - "Vine Street" Vine Street by Van Dyke Parks on Grooveshark Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle is as notorious for its technicolor, druggy pop deconstructions as it is for its lukewarm commercial reception. In his artistic quest, Parks seemed to have little care for the potential consumer. Take opening track "Vine Street," which starts with a clip from a mediocre bluegrass recording, fades out, and then launches into the lines "That's a tape that we made / But I'm sad to see it never made the grade," essentially admitting that the first fifty seconds of his record sucked. If that's not ballsy, I don't know what is.

2. Death Cab For Cutie - "Title Track" Title Track by Death Cab for Cutie on Grooveshark The introduction to "Title Track" by Death Cab For Cutie is legendary among modern-day recording nerds. The trick that engineer Chris Walla uses reads as overdone - starting quiet and messed up sounding and then bursting open - but it sounds different than, say, a pop-punk band's singing-through-a-telephone fakeout. The track stays in its underground tunnel for much longer than most would dare, and its first half sounds just as enjoyable as the for-real mix it precedes.

1. Elvis Costello - "Radio Radio"

Elvis Costello - Radio Radio, SNL, 1977 from jmannen77 on Vimeo.

Technically, there's no fakeout intro on the studio recording of "Radio Radio," but the studio recording is not where the song's mythology lies. Elvis Costello's performance on Saturday Night Live cemented the song - and the singer - in legend, when he bailed out on "Less Than Zero" and called out for "Radio Radio," counting the tune off before his band fully comprehended what was happening. Many years later, he adorably recreated the moment by interrupting the Beastie Boys while playing "Sabotage." The original stunt was a great moment for the spontaneity of live television, the conviction of the artist and the idea that nice guys can be punk rock too.

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