Best pauses/comebacks in the middle of a song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by raimiz1991inc, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. raimiz1991inc

    raimiz1991inc Forum Resident Thread Starter

    La Paz, Bolivia
    The Sound Of Silence: Classic Rock's 15 Most Powerful Pauses

    I came across this list in NME and it's the first one of its kind I've read. I decided to come here where every music list I can think of has already been discussed, but found nothing on this. There is one brief one (and closed to replies) about false endings, but I'm not referring to false endings, but actual pauses during a song before it actually ends (no false ending/fade-ins like on Helter Skelter or any of the sort)

    I never really noticed how much I dig those. Please feel free to include live songs as well. Some examples of my favorites are:

    - You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like a Millionaire - Queens of the Stone Age
    - A Song for the Dead - Queens of the Stone Age
    - I am the Ressurrection - The Stone Roses
    - Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
    - Sad But True - Metallica
    - Thick as a Brick (Side 2) - Jethro Tull
    - Sabotage - Beastie Boys
  2. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    "Happiness is a warm yes it i-i-is...

  3. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
    The pause after the middle section (before everything explodes) in King Crimson's 'Dinosaur' is awesome.
  4. raimiz1991inc

    raimiz1991inc Forum Resident Thread Starter

    La Paz, Bolivia
    :agree: Brilliant! Barely noticed it too. Exactly what I'm talking about, it makes me shiver
  5. raimiz1991inc

    raimiz1991inc Forum Resident Thread Starter

    La Paz, Bolivia
    Really good, reminds me I forgot to add the middle section of 21st Century Schizoid Man.
  6. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    Love is Alright Tonight - Rick Springfield
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  7. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Forum Resident

    Bakersfield, CA
  8. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    The Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait
  9. anthontherun

    anthontherun Forum Resident

    "All is Forgiven" by Jellyfish has a jarring "is this CD defective?" stop before it restarts in epic fashion.
  10. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Can't stop buying music.

    Tempe, AZ
    The little pause before the cowbell and screaming guitar solo in Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well
  11. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    But boy, you got a prayer in Memphis...

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  12. Tom Perry

    Tom Perry Forum Resident

    "The little Girl I Once Knew" - The Beach Boys

    How could I ever have known that
    She'd be what she is today
    And look at how her boyfriend holds her
    I'll be moving in one day

    Split man...
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  13. brettster808

    brettster808 Forum Resident

    Very effective pause during No Matter What by Badfinger, toward the ending of the song. I hope that counts.
  14. Surly

    Surly Bon Viv-oh-no-he-didn't

    Los Angeles, CA
    "Closing Time" by Semisonic includes the "Clearmountain pause" before the last chorus comes in.
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  15. brettster808

    brettster808 Forum Resident

    "Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys
  16. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

    Expat in Helsinki
    The Doors were the masters of this... When the Music's Over is THEE text book...
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  17. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot Jeff Foxworthy in a serious role

    "Born to Run" and/or "Jungleland."
    End of thread.
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  18. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    Tattooed Love Boys
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  19. David G.

    David G. Forum Resident

    Austin, TX
    When I think of pauses in rock songs, "Promises in the Dark" by Pat Benatar is the first that comes to mind. It happens at about 04:15.

  20. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    "Good Lovin'" - The Young Rascals

    One of the more famous pauses out there.
  21. Yovra

    Yovra Forum Enthusiast

    "Orpheus" by David Sylvian. And a beautiful bit of silence it is!
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  22. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident

    (Just Like) Starting Over
    "Somewhere....." then drums
  23. crustycurmudgeon

    crustycurmudgeon Forum Resident

    Hollister, CA
    Used to good effect in The Big Chill.
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  24. crustycurmudgeon

    crustycurmudgeon Forum Resident

    Hollister, CA
    "The Porpoise Song" - The Monkees
    "Bluebird" - Buffalo Springfield (two of 'em)
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2018
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  25. keoni

    keoni Forum Resident

    Kurt's pause near the end of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" from MTV Unplugged.


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