The Six Best Fakeout Intros

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What better time for a "gotcha moment" (to borrow a Palin-ism) than the very beginning of a song? It takes some guts to change a listener's perception of a track before it is fully formed, but it is eternally memorable when executed well. Here is a list of the six best fakeout intros. Feel free to leave your favorite fakeouts in the comments, but please, keep it real.

6. Beck - "Lord Only Knows"

Lord Only Knows by Beck on Grooveshark
"Lord Only Knows" is one of Odelay's standout tracks, a definite contender for best non-single (although "Minus" would probably win that arm-wrestling match). You would not suspect that "Lord Only Knows" is a catchy, warped country tune from its abrasive initial two seconds of power chords and screaming, but it certainly gets you listening.

5. The Fucking Champs - "What's A Little Reign?"

The Fucking Champs - What's a little Reign by The Fucking Champs on Grooveshark
The Fucking Champs is a funny band - quite an accomplishment since the group achieves this without the aid of vocals - and the introduction of "What's A Little Reign?" is the trio's best joke. The track starts as if the band is playing in the next room, and the volume swell that leads into the for-real song feels less like a fade-in and more like a CGI enhanced ultra zoom-in from an action film racing scene. It's the sort of thing Andy Kaufman would have done if he played triumphant instrumental math metal.

4. Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand on Grooveshark
Remember the first time you heard "Take Me Out" and thought the much-buzzed Franz Ferdinand's single was going to sound like the Cars? But then it slowed down into a downtempo, filthy disco groove with a drum beat made by robot slaves being whipped in tempo. The worst part of "Take Me Out" is that you can only hear it for the first time once.



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4 comments
dawhizz
dawhizz

No "Territorial Pissings"? For shame.

Stl_Bob
Stl_Bob

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank GenerationDeerhoof - Fresh Born

Christian
Christian

I always think that the intro bass wobble to "You're So Vain" by Carly "It Used to be Her Town Too" Simon could have made its own, equally awesome track.

Zac
Zac

Spit on a Stranger - Pavement

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