NOTE: Because of a godsdammed bug between Flash and Firefox for Windows, I’ve had to break this up into two parts in order for the players to work for those with that particular configuration. Stupid internets.
24 MUSICAL MOMENTS TO DIE FOR (13-24)
- Listen close enough, and you can practically hear American Indie Rock being made up on the spot at 1:40 of Walk By Your House by The Individuals.
— From 1982’s just-reissued Fields
- Paul, George and (especially) Ringo are all together, but John’s head is in the clouds, seeding a downpour of psychedelia at 0:50 in Rain by The Beatles.
— B-Side to 1966’s guitars vs. harmonies “Paperback Writer” single
- Jason Isbell’s rock ‘n’ roll-loving father gives him the best advice ever at 0:58 in Outfit by Drive-By Truckers.
–From 2003’s fully Southern Decoration Day
- Robert Pollard gets lost in an echo-y cavern full of guitar chords piercing the darkness like stalactites at 2:06 in Look At Them by Guided by Voices.
— From 1996’s still magical Under the Bushes, Under The Stars
- Paul Weller — and his Rickenbacker — make reality seem pretty easy, all things considered at 3:32 in Away From The Numbers by The Jam.
— From 1977’s mod-reviving In The City
- Bernard Sumner celebrates his band’s most perfect chorus with a little yelp at 3:20 in Age of Consent by New Order.
— From 1983’s statement of purpose Power, Corruption and Lies
- Scott Oliver hopes that he doesn’t die while Manny Diez reminds you that he almost did at the breakdown at 3:08 in The Shiny Unfeeling by The Miss Alans.
— From 1990’s transitional debut Smack The Horse
- Eddie Kendricks reveals just how deep the fantasy went and yet it still seems more romantic than psychotic at 3:08 in Just My Imagination by The Temptations.
— From 1971’s post-psychedelic Sky’s The Limit
- Thank gods that Lloyd Cole still lives like this so that rest of us don’t have to at 3:16 in Vin Ordinaire by Lloyd Cole and The Negatives.
— From 2001’s comeback The Negatives
- The way the entire band joyously piles on during the chorus at 0:50 in Alice on The Radio by The Cat Heads.
— From 1988’s shamefully out-of-print Submarine
- After 7 minutes of raining pure psychedelic noise bliss, Ira Kaplan stumbles into the perfect riff, and finally after all of those years of loving The Velvets, they love him back at 7:07 in Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind by Yo La Tengo.
— From 2006’s return to form I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
- The awesomely gorgeously perfect horns that frame: “Do you know what I saw today? / A man blow himself away over youuuuu” at 2:50 in Forbidden Fruit by The Blow Monkeys.
— From 1986’s hits -plus-filler Animal Magic
There you go. Combined with my previous effort, that makes 49. And I’ve only scratched the surface. There are loads more on the horizion.