NOTE: As a form of respect to all of the people I know who are glued to TV watching their beloved Red Sux battle the underdog Rockies for the title...I have vowed not to bash their team for the duration of the series. So let's move on things that I like rather than focus on what I hate...(e-cough Manny Ramirez...). Hey...anything to avoid finishing my damn application paper.
So some movie had a line in it where the protagonist said "Your first hit should always be your best...guess what...your best sucks." I am not badass enough to ever really use this line so I have hijacked it for my own use...for music of course. I have always said that if a song has a great opening line...the rest of the song can suck and I will still spend my $0.99 on iTunes for it. The below list is NOT a list of the greatest opening lines in music ever...just some of my current favorites. Cut me some slack tonight as my brain is mush from trying to summarize terrorism in three pages.
#1 Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls - "I'd give up forever to touch you because I know that you feel me somehow." I am obviously a sucker for hot guys singing hot songs and this song has both. Iris would have been successful even without this line...but I am glad that they started with it. It let it be known that the rest of the song was going to be hot. I like that Johnny and guys cut right to the point with this song...no waiting to the last verse to reel you in. The rest of song kicks ass too...which is why has cemented its spot in pop culture as an awesomely overplayed song.
#2 Kodachrome by Paul Simon - "When I think back on the crap I learned in high school its a wonder I can think at all." I don't know if the legendary Paul Simon meant this way that I have taken it...but it is an accurate statement for two different reasons. The first is that while I was in high school I learned a lot of important crap like how to talk your way out of speeding tickets, how to explain missing curfew a least once a month, how to explain that it was a honest mistake and I really did confuse McDonald's with my geometry classroom, and my favorite lesson...that I didn't know that there was alcohol in that drink because I had never tasted alcohol before so how could I know? (which actually worked more than once). The second reason of it is that I killed a lot brain cells memorizing crap that I have never used therefore have since forgotten. (Such as about that French King Charlemagne and everything else I learned in four years of francais.) The useless information is gone and so are brain cells. I am fairly certain that good ole' Paul Simon was thinking more along the lines of the second perspective but let's face it...after the "education" I received in high school...it really is wonder that I can think at all.
#3 How Far We've Come by Matchbox 20 - "Waking up at the start of the end of the world but it's feeling just like every other before. Now I wonder what my life is going to mean if its gone." Okay it is two lines but it is my blog so get over it. I have never been a big fan of the Box boys so it really says something that they made the list. They are okay but all of their stuff sounds the same. It didn't help that their first song about pushing a girlfriend came out at a time where I wanted to run over every man who ever showed any signs of violence to a girl. Nevertheless... I have to admit that I really like their new song. When I first heard that line...I was hooked. I had to listen to the rest of the song. Believe it or not...the rest of lines are just as good as the first one. So BZ Rob Thomas for finally getting it right...as I too believe the world is burning to ground. (No pun intended towards anyone in San Diego...just poor timing I suppose.)
#4 I'm Still Here by Johnny Rzeznik - "I am question to the world, not an answer to be heard ." I don't actually believe that the world cares enough about me to solve that question...but I can relate to the feeling that you are that question. Does anyone really ever get anyone??? This is neither the time nor the blog to answer that question but I appreciate that a hottie like Johnny asks that same question. Whenever I feel like I am misunderstood...I crank up this song and realize that it is okay. On bad days I remind myself that "They can't break me as long as I know who I am." BZ to Johnny for writing another great song and for making it onto my countdown twice in one night. This is in spite of the fact that you have officially become a sell-out...thus dropping in the hot guy ranks. (WTF were you thinking with this"Next Great American Band" crap???) Smile and all will be forgiven Johnny!
And finally...I will announce the #5 spot by stealing another opening line. So this one is dedicated to R.K...."It is time for you to stop all of your sobbing!" I have caved but only because peer pressure is a bitch.
#5 Honey and the Moon by Joseph Arthur - "I don't know why I'm so afraid if you weren't real I would make you up." Okay so I swore that I wouldn't ever give it up the first line of this song but I am sick of R.K's bitching. I have referred to this song several times in my previous blogs. It is actually the most played song on my iPod (beating out all time favorite songs like Don't Stop Believin' and Livin' on a Prayer) because of this first line. I actually remember that the first time that I heard this song was while shopping and immediately pulled out my phone to record that line. Once I got home I googled the lyrics and the rest is history. This might be the hottest opening line ever in a song. Seriously...if you haven't listened to this song...you really need to.
So this blog was obviously a foolish attempt to kill some time. I don't want to write my paper, I am sick of Facebook, and there isn't shit on TV. As I said...this isn't a best ever list...just what popped in my mind tonight. I also would like it noted that this blog was noticeably DJ free. This is yet another good faith gesture to the Red Sux fans. (I still HATE Manny!)
I close with the below picture...I think that I might photoshop creepy Scott Stapp out...because then you have perfection. Jon Bon Jovi and Johnny Rzeznik...yummy.