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QOTD: Best Opening/Closing Duos

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Garrett, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Garrett

    I'd like to be my old self again Moderator

    Similar to the "Best 3 Song Stretches" thread, what albums have the best duo of opening and closing tracks?

    (For the sake of discussion: don't do re-issues, re-releases, or bonus tracks. Also, if there is an intro, the second first real song does not count (ie. Godspeed from Cities).)
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  2. Garrett

    I'd like to be my old self again Moderator

    He Is Legend -- I Am Hollywood
    Open: The Seduction
    Close: I Am Hollywood

    Will probably be my first thought for this conversation every single time.

    A few others:

    Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat
    Open: Where's My Head?
    Close: When You Thought You'd Never Stand Out

    mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
    Open: Messes of Men
    Close: In A Sweater Poorly Knit
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  3. The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There
    "Introduction To the Album" and "Dendron"

    The Get Up Kids - Something To Write Home About
    "Holiday" and "I'll Catch You"

    The Junior Varsity - Wide Eyed
    "Get Comfortable" and "Saltwater Fountain"
  4. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    Like A Rolling Stone / Desolation Row
    London Calling / Train in Vain
    Thunder Road / Jungleland
    Human Behaviour / Play Dead
    Mountainhead / Tiger Girl
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  5. I feel like a dummy for forgetting "Thunder Road" and "Jungleland."
  6. FTank

    Trusted Prestigious

    Have to remember to think about this one later.
  7. Threads

    Regular Prestigious

    The Pull / Magnet (Threads - Now, Now)
    Futures / 23 (Futures - Jimmy Eat World)
    Attractive Today / Hold Me Down (Commit This To Memory - Motion City Soundtrack)
    Born to Die / This Is What Makes Us Girls (Born to Die - Lana Del Rey)
    I Don't Want Love / Putting the Dog to Sleep (Burst Apart - The Antlers)
    The Sound / The Same (New Love - Allison Weiss)
    Attention / Almost Here (Almost Here - The Academy Is...)
    Texas Reznikoff / Last Words of a Shooting Star (Bury Me At Makeout Creek - Mitski)
    Plainsong / Untitled (Disintegration - The Cure)
    Tennis Court / A World Alone (Pure Heroine - Lorde)
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  8. Henry

    Moderator Moderator

    I always thought Anberlin did a killer job of starting and ending their albums even if I didn't like a bunch of stuff in the middle.

    Kill Me Quickly > The Beltsville Crucible (Thrice- The Illusion of Safety)
    Yellow Theme/Take My Bones Away > Eula (Baroness- Yellow)
    Winter > Shallows (Daughter- If You Leave)
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  9. Garrett

    I'd like to be my old self again Moderator

    I agree about Anberlin. dance, dance and *Fin are some of my favorite songs of theirs.
  10. Kennedy Prestigious

    Already said but it really is the best: The Hotelier - Home Like Noplace Is There
    An Introduction To The Album / Dendron

    Jimmy Eat World - Futures
    Futures / 23

    The National - Boxer
    Fake Empire / Gospel

    Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
    3rd Planet / What People Are Made of

    Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
    Only One / the River

    The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
    Set Fire To The Face On Fire / Giant Swan

    Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    Flume / Re:Stacks

    Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
    First Breath After Coma / Your Hand In Mine

    Brand New - The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me
    Sowing Season / Handcuffs

    O'Brother - Garden Window
    Malum / Last Breath
  11. Meerkat

    human junk drawer Prestigious

  12. US Camera

    A Humble Snail Prestigious

    Snowing - I Could Do Whatever...
    I Think We're In Minsk / Could Be Better Forever

    The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About
    Holiday / I'll Catch You

    Gioca Morra - just married
    y'all boots hats (die angry) / me + geneine

    Grown Ups - More Songs
    Weed Science / Are You Shitten Me?
  13. Garrett

    I'd like to be my old self again Moderator

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  14. Ever So Sweet / Everything's Too Cold... But You're So Hot (The Room's Too Cold)
    Alex English / People You Know (Dance Gavin Dance)
    There, There / I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral (The Greatest Generation)

    and if you don't count the actual intro / closing tracks...

    Understanding in a Car Crash / How Long Is the Night? (Full Collapse)
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  15. morgantayler

    Human Typo Prestigious

    Tame Impala - Let It Happen / New Person, Same Old Mistakes (Currents)
    The XX - Intro / Stars (XX)
  16. Dirty Sanchez

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Thursday - A City by the Light Divided: The Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out (Of Control) / Autumn Leaves Revisited
  17. nfdv2

    Trusted Prestigious

    an intro / dendron
    cynicism / sands
    you or your memory / pale green things
    and the hazy sea / like blood does
    rifle eyesight / gary condit
    our lives / title track
  18. Snoblin

    Goblin Person Prestigious

    Such Small Hands / Nobody, Not Even The Rain [La Dispute]
    Arrows / The Wild Bunch [Fireworks]
    Geography, Vonnegut, and Me / When We Stand on Each Other We Block Out The Sun [Fireworks]
    Embracing Facts / The Frames That Used To Greet Me [Into It. Over It.]
    Re-do / Coals [Modern Baseball]
    My Last Semester / All My Friends Are In Bar Bands [TWY]
    Selfhood / My Wild One [Sharks]
    Our Lives Would Make A Sad, Boring Movie / Title Track [The Hotelier]
  19. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    Round Here / A Murder of One
    Theatre / The Loosing of the Shadow
    Crown of the Valley / Sweet Avenue
    Five, Eight, and Ten / Parking Lot
    LoveLetterTypewriter / TheLastWordIsRejoice
    Swing Set / Apsides
    Death with Dignity / Blue Bucket of Gold
    A More Perfect Union / The Battle of Hampton Roads
    Civil Twilight / Utilities
  20. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    "Thunder Road" and "Jungleland" is my top opening/closing duo by such a wide margin that I almost feel like I don't have to list any others.
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  21. Sophos


    tim hecker - an imaginary country
    "100 years ago" and "200 years ago"

    thursday - a city by the light divided
    "the other side of the crash" and "autumn leaves revisited"

    bon iver - bon iver bon iver
    "perth" and "beth/rest"

    isis - oceanic
    "the beginning and the end" and "hym"

    mewithoutyou - brother sister
    "messes of men" and "in a sweater poorly knit"

    pianos become the teeth - keep you
    "ripple water shine" and "say nothing"

    fucked up - glass boys
    "echo boomer" and "glass boys"

    tame impala - currents
    "let it happen" and "new person same old mistakes"

    foxing - dealer
    "weave" and "three on a match"

    just some off the top of my head. i didnt read through the thread before doing this so im sure i repeated many
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  22. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    Good call on PBTT. I think I'll Be Damned and I'll Get By apply too
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  23. mad

    I was right. Prestigious

    Renée/The Wheel (Laura Stevenson - Wheel)
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  24. DarkHotline

    After My Jailbreak, I’ll Forget About You Prestigious

    The Gaslight Anthem- The '59 Sound
    Great Expectations/The Backseat

    Slayer- Reign In Blood
    Angel of Death/Raining Blood
  25. Nick

    @fangclubb Prestigious

    PBTT and Hotelier but they've been mentioned

    Kanye West - Dark Fantasy / Who Will Survive in America

    Mansions - Dig up The Dead / Yer Voice

    Thursday - Fast to the End / Stay True

    Weatherbox - That Mann / No Hands

    Alexisonfire - Accidents / Happiness by the Kilowatt

    Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me / When I Needed You
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