Great Starts

Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings

Sometimes songs make a strong, memorable statement from the very first note. This week, to start off the new year, Jim and Greg share songs with iconic starts.

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Great Starts

The first few bars of a song can make it or break it! Jim and Greg share tracks they think have great starts. They also share one song each that has an iconic ending.



“Let’s Start The Dance”Hamilton Bohannon

This week, Greg takes us all on a trip to the desert island to put a quarter in the jukebox. He chose the track "Let's Start The Dance" by Hamilton Bohannon. Bohannon is a legendary drummer who provided the sound for many classic Motown songs by artists like Stevie Wonder and The Supremes. Greg wanted to ring in the new year by giving some love to Bohannon and hitting the dance floor!

Featured Songs

  1. The Supremes, You Keep Me Hangin' On, The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown, 1966
  2. The Chambers Brothers, Time Has Come Today, Time Has Come Today (1967 single version), Columbia, 1967
  3. The Kinks, You Really Got Me, You Really Got Me (single), Pye, 1964
  4. Heart, Crazy On You, Dreamboat Annie, Mushroom, 1976
  5. The Temptations, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, All Directions, Gordy, 1972
  6. The Rolling Stones, Rocks Off, Exile On Main St., Rolling Stone, 1972
  7. Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Love Will Tear Us Apart (single), Factory, 1980
  8. New Order, Blue Monday, Blue Monday (single), Factory, 1983
  9. John Cale, Hallelujah, Fragments of a Rainy Season, Hannibal, 1992
  10. Talking Heads, Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Remain In Light, Sire, 1980
  11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps, Fever to Tell, Interscope, 2003
  12. Public Enemy, Fight the Power, Fear of a Black Planet, Def Jam, 1990
  13. N.W.A., Express Yourself, Straight Outta Compton, Ruthless, 1988
  14. X-Ray Spex, Oh Bondage Up Yours!, Germ Free Adolescents, EMI, 1978
  15. Kool & the Gang, Hollywood Swinging, Wild and Peaceful, De-Lite, 1973
  16. The Flaming Lips, The Magician Vs The Headache, Hit To Death in the Future Head, Warner Bros, 1992
  17. The Beta Band, Dry The Rain, The Three E.P.'s, Regal, 1998
  18. Tom Tom Club, Genius of Love, Tom Tom Club, Sire, 1981
  19. Hamilton Bohannon, Let's Start The Dance, Summertime Groove, Mercury, 1978
  20. Phoenix, Long Distance, It's Never Been Like That, EMI, 2006
  21. John Prine, In Spite of Ourselves, In Spite of Ourselves, Oh Boy, 1999
  22. George Jones / B.B. King, Patches, Rhythm Country and Blues, MCA, 1994
  23. Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, Bella Donna, Atco, 1981
  24. X, Fourth of July, See How We Are, Elektra, 1987