It’s a subtle art, that of the song introduction. Indeed, the gentle art of song writing can live or die on the first few bars. What is it that hooks us in to that song and keeps us head banging or in a mood of contemplation until the end? Band’s careers can depend on the first 30 seconds of a song before a coked up record exec in LA says ‘next’. However, on the other side of the coin, let’s remember a record company guy named Dick James who turned down a band in 1962, with the famous words ‘guitar bands are going out of fashion’. The band, in case you asked, were a loveable bunch of scruffs from Liverpool named The Beatles. James never lived down his comment. Let’s check out Tone Deaf’s favourite song introductions of all time.

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