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.
25 MUSICAL MOMENTS TO DIE FOR, 16-25
- Paul Thompson’s kick drum bridges the gap between Phil Manzanera and Bryan Ferry coming out of the instrumental break at 2:20 in Editions of You by Roxy Music
— From 1973’s glamtastic For Your Pleasure
- Chicago – “All things go / All things go.” That first swirling, swooping chorus rings in at 0:52 in Chicago by Sufjan Stevens.
— From 2005’s unexpected Illinois
- After all of the stops and starts and stops and starts, Entwistle, Moon and Townshend decide that they can pretty much go anywhere they damn well please at 1:34 in Young Man Blues by The Who. So they do.
From 1970’s high-octane Live at Leeds.
- After Bono checks in, it’s unclear whether even The Edge’s gigantic guitar will help him get out at 1:28 in A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel by U2.
— From 1988’s faux-soul with real soul Angel of Harlem 7″ single
- Near the end of a tale that is worth a thousand pictures, Rod Stewart starts to come back in a beat too soon and just catches himself at 3:46 of Every Picture Tells A Story by Rod Stewart.
— From 1971’s star-making Every Picture Tells A Story
- The ache in Jay Ferrar’s voice belies his youth as he realizes that he’s not just choosing that whiskey bottle over Jesus, but pretty much everything else at 1:15 in Whiskey Bottle by Uncle Tupelo.
— From 1990s genre-creating No Depression.
- Parker Gispert tries unsuccessfully to keep his rhythm section from ripping out his heart at 2:20 of Right Hand on My Heart by The Whigs.
From 2008’s possible future classic Mission Control.
- John Cale’s piano riff announces itself as something you’ve never heard before, or since at 0:18 of All Tomorrow’s Parties by The Velvet Underground.
From 1967’s unbelievable The Velvet Underground & Nico
- Joseph Hill and crew send out an all points bulletin at 0:16 in Calling Rastafari by Culture.
— From 1977’s apocalyptic Two Sevens Clash
- John Squire has his finest moment as the long instrumental break kicks into gear at 4:00 in Waterfall by The Stone Roses. So good that the next song was that one backwards.
— From 1989’s glorious The Stone Roses
That’s the first batch. Not even necessarily the best batch. And gods willing, there will be more. Much more.