Songs That Seemingly Have No Precedent

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by stanleynohj, May 13, 2022.

  1. reddyempower

    reddyempower Forum Resident

    columbus, oh, usa
    Feelin reelin squealing soft machine
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  2. Tomorrow Never Knows
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  3. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    It's still the one of the five I listed that even today when I hear it, I think "How did a pop group manage to get something like this onto a mainstream record???" :)

    I mean I know they were the most popular mainstream group of the day but...

    It remains a truly revolutionary orgasm of bewildering yet hypnotic sound! Again, especially in the realm of what mere pop groups were doing at the time...

    And while it's never just one song, one artist, or one album that changes everything, I still think that "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" (almost as a literal one-two punch) remain the two greatest examples that informed the 1960's that "we are not in Kansas anymore". :)
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  4. strummer101

    strummer101 The insane on occasion aren't without their charms

    Lakewood OH
    The Velvet Underground, "Venus in Furs" (whiplash girl-child in the dark), "Heroin"
    The Kinks, "You Really Got Me", "See My Friends"
    King Crimson, "21st Century Schizoid Man"
    Gil Scott-Heron, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
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  5. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan on Sabbatical

    Central PA
    Although it's pretty mainstream in terms of composition and execution for the day, I'd say "Born To Be Wild" had no real precedent, and took off like wildfire once it hit the ground runnin'.

    (Although, knowing the film it came out of, for some time I could have sworn the line "heavy metal thunder" was really, "Every man a 'Fonda'...")
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  6. pwhytey

    pwhytey Forum Resident

    Tusk (the single) by Fleetwood Mac. Completely bonkers — there was nothing like it before or since.
  7. SPF2001

    SPF2001 pathologically pithy

    St. Petersburg,Fl.
    Except maybe "Neanderthal Man" by Hotlegs in 1970.
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  8. petdevaney

    petdevaney Forum Resident

    Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations.
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  9. manco

    manco Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
    Good Vibrations
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  10. MikeM.

    MikeM. Forum Resident

    Jacksonville, IL
    Dr John I Walk On Guilded Splinters
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  11. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

    Hard indeed, but in a different way.
  12. JonW

    JonW That's just the name of the shop, love!

    Joe Dolce - Shaddup Your Face (is that the exact title, don't remember). Anyway, it's a novelty song so by definition I guess it has no precedent... :hide: Well, all novelty songs could be contenders!
    Perhaps something by Jean-Michel Jarre? And New Order - Blue Monday?
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  13. PhilBorder

    PhilBorder Forum Resident

    Sheboygan, WI
    "Astral Weeks". For that matter, "Listen to the Lion"
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  14. JSUB

    JSUB Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    Rapper's Delight - Sugarhill Gang
  15. JSUB

    JSUB Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    Eruption - Van Halen

    Sure there were some prior instances of fret board tapping - but not like what was done here
  16. NumberEight

    NumberEight Came too late and stayed too long

    Two Hendrix singles. I'm torn between Burning of the Midnight Lamp and his performance of All Along the Watchtower.
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  17. ARK

    ARK Forum Miscreant

    Charlton, MA, USA
    I don’t believe you
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  18. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Western Canada
    The Fly, U2
    Tusk, Fleetwood Mac
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  19. bRETT

    bRETT Senior Member

    Boston MA

    Very reminiscent of Lou Monte who did in fact cover it.
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  20. DrJ

    DrJ Senior Member

    Davis, CA, USA
    Great call. Starship Trooper is actually the one I thought of but either works for this discussion really.

    I do think Yes in general even beyond that track had way more than their fair share of wildly original music at least starting with The Yes Album. To me they sounded like basically no one else, and that includes other bands grouped in the prog rock category. I think it boils down to having more or less a whole group full of unique musical personalities - not one of them played or sang or wrote like anyone else. Nobody has ever pulled off a long form rock piece even remotely as successful or original as Close to the Edge in my opinion.

    I would also suggest in a very different approach that the Doors’ Break on Through and Light My Fire were also “mind blown” unique at release in many ways.
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  21. stanleynohj

    stanleynohj Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Another Beatle Lennon thing:

    Switching tempo from 4/4 to 3/4 (or 6/8) and back within a song...he did this quite a lot...Rain, She Said She Said, Lucy in The Sky, Mr. Kite, Good Morning, Yer Blues, Happiness....I wonder if anyone did that prior?
  22. mountainmaster

    mountainmaster Forum Resident

    Child In Time

    Any song by Gentle Giant
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  23. kundryishot

    kundryishot Forum Resident

    Your work colleague was spot on
  24. veloso2

    veloso2 Forum Resident

    many cocteau twins songs
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  25. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    "I don't believe you. You're a liar!"
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