Album 1 Track 1 - Episode 1
In many cases, the first track on the first album represents that magical moment when an artist stands beneath the spotlight for the first time. It is the moment when they unleash their talents on the world; when they say "This is who I am. This is my art. I matter and I will not be denied."
These songs are vital. They are full of energy and promise. They are the essence of rock 'n roll. Of the punks.
This mixtape series captures two hundred, or so, of my favorite opening statements spanning the past sixty plus years of popular music.
Episode One features some of the greatest "track ones" ever recorded, by artists from Little Richard to Smashing Pumpkins.
Here is the playlist:
Uncontrollable Urge - Devo
Oh Boy! - The Crickets
Harlem - Bill Withers
I Feel Free - Cream
Janie Jones - The Clash
Hero Takes A Fall - The Bangles
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Break On Through - The Doors
Gloria - The Patti Smith Group
I Am One - Smashing Pumpkins
Train - The Buddy Miles Express
Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
Precious - The Pretenders
Shake A Tail Feather - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Please check out my entire catalogue of mixtape on MixCloud.