Leading Off

Oct 12, 2013 by


I firmly believe the Red Sox struggle mightily in their ALDS series against the Rays if not for the superb play of Jacoby Ellsbury.  All series long he gave the Rays defense fits on the base paths.  In four games, Ellsbury produced an OBP of .526 with 4 stolen bases and 7 runs.   He was instrumental in scoring runs early in games resulting in his team rarely playing from behind.  He also scored the winning run of the game four, which closed out the series.

So in honor of the Sox’s lead-off hitter’s stellar performance in the opening round of the 2013 playoffs, I present to you a sampling of 25 opening tracks I am quite fond of.


In no particular order…..

1. Alice In Chains  – Rotten Apple  – Jar of Flies

Do you have a friend who tends to be a tad overly optimistic and always upbeat?  Play them this song them which in turn should even them out.


2. Cypress Hill – Pigs  – Cypress Hill

This pig he’s a big punk/And I know that he can’t stand the sight of me/Cos pigs don’t like it when ya act smart/And when ya tell ‘em that you’re a group from society


3. Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock  – Siamese Dream

Corgan should thank his lucky stars every day for Jimmy Chamberlin.


4. Wilco –  I Am Trying to Break Your Heart  – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


5. Wilco –  Misunderstood  –  Being There


6. R.E.M. –  Radio Free Europe  – Murmur

Produced by Mitch Easter right here in Winston-Salem, NC!


7. Beatles – Taxman – Revolver

A cough, a count off, and then the excellence ensues.  Mr. Harrison displays his first-class writing chops and leads off arguably the greatest album ever.


8. The Avett Brothers – Talk of Indolence  – Four Thieves Gone:  The Robbinsville Sessions

In 2006, the brothers were experiencing  some regional success in their home state.  Then they wrote this song and their appeal broadened instantly.


9. Pixies – Debaser – Doolittle

A perfect example of how to properly lead off an album…..


10. TV on the Radio – Halfway Home  – Dear Science

I believe these guys have another album in them that tops Dear Science.   I love all their opening tracks from their albums.  Check out Second Song from their 2011 album Nine Types of Light.


11. Tom Petty – Wildflowers  – Wildflowers

Setting the tone…


12. Shins – Sleeping Lessons  – Wincing the Night Away

A lovely song about insomnia.  Mercer and Joe Chiccarelli’s production on this song is outstanding.


13. A Tribe Called Quest  –  Excursions – The Low End Theory


14. Beastie Boys  – Sure Shot  – Ill Communication

I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/The disrespect to women has got to be do/To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends/I want to offer my love and respect to the end

The Beastie Boys have always set the trend….The genre should realize this sooner than later.


15. Neutral Milk Hotel – Song Against Sex  – On Avery Island

Weird and good.


16. The D.O.C.  – It’s Funky EnoughNo One Can Do It Better

The members of N.W.A. do have a friend!  Always a great delivery from the D.O.C. and dig the samples…He definitely falls in the “What if” category of Hip Hop.


17. Beach Boys  – Wouldn’t it Be Nice  –  Pet Sounds

Pop perfection.  Nothing more to say.


18. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band  – Thunder Road  – Born to Run


19. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nevermind

Game changer.


20. Sonic Youth – Teenage RiotDaydream Nation


21. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House  – LCD Soundsystem

Who is this Daft Punk?


22. Weezer – Tired of SexPinkerton

Rivers finished up his exams and then began to alienate his fan base….(Except for in Japan)


23. N.W.A. – Straight Outta ComptonStraight Outta Compton

My first reaction upon hearing this song and album….. What the fuck is this?


24. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle Appetite for Destruction

My 8th grade soundtrack.


25. Funkadelic  – Maggot Brain – Maggot Brian

Best guitar solo ever?



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