I have often said, to some of you, and occasionally out loud to no one, that "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, has to be the most exciting 45 opening seconds in all of rock. I just listened to it again, prior to writing this, and I will not change my mind. But, I did think of a few more, and that is the basis of the Weekend Mix. These songs aren't all Side One openers, though a little more than half are. These are songs, some obvious choices and hopefully a few not so obvious, that I think set a perfect table for the feast to come.
From the iconic opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night" to the incredibly simple yet brilliantly effective cowbell and drum hits of "Honky Tonk Women," and "SNARE>kick-SNARE>kick"of "Bang A Gong," these songs, for my ears and music loving purposes, start at the top and manage to go up! I could fall into the pocket of the opening drums of Iggy's "Lust For Life," Spooky Tooth's "Waitin' In The Wind" and Talk Talk's "Happiness Is Easy" and never come out. And when Little Richard preaches his opening comments right before the band blasts into "Get Down With It," I never fail to...well...get down with it.
I know you have your own choices, but here's hoping you dig this hour of my faves.
A Hard Day's Night- The Beatles
Once Bitten, Twice Shy- Ian Hunter
Shaft- Isaac Hayes
Lust For Life- Iggy Pop
Get Down With It- Little Richard
The Song Remains The Same- Led Zeppelin
Happiness Is Easy- Talk Talk
Making Time- The Creation
Waitin' In The Wind- Spooky Tooth
Bang A Gong- T. Rex
Mississippi Queen- Mountain
Honky Tonk Women- Rolling Stones
Voodoo Child- Jimi Hendrix
Like A Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan
Pinball Wizard- TheWho