Apr 112014

Quick: What are the first rock ‘n roll intros and outros that come to mind for you! It doesn’t matter if they are from live or studio recordings.

The first intro that just came to mind for me (not my favorite) is the alternating 2-singer count-in to The Rascals’ “Good Lovin'”. That is what’s going on at the start of that song, right?

The first outro that just came to mind for me (possibly my favorite) is Ian Hunter’s “I’ve wanted to do this for years!” during the fade of “All the Young Dudes.” WHAT is it he’s wanted to do for years? That always sticks with me.

KISS Alive I & II are loaded with classic intros, that even I would recognize if I had to hear them again.

Sometimes the outro can come via a show’s MC: “Elvis has left the building!”


  22 Responses to “Intros and Outros”

  1. Suburban kid

    “This next one. Is the first song. On our new. Album”.

    I heard the sample of this a bunch of times at the start of the Beastie Boys’ “Jimmy James” before I learned that it was originally from Cheap Trick’s Live at Budokhan.

  2. Intro:
    “Hi. I’d like to thank Elton and the boys for having me on tonight. We tried to think of a number to finish off with so’s I can get out of here and be sick. And we thought we’d do a number of an old estranged fiancee of mine, old Paul. This is one I never sang, it’s an old Beatles number, and we just about know it.”

    – John Lennon at Madison Square Garden Thanksgiving 1974 before launching into “I Saw Her Standing There” with Elton, his band and the Muscle Shoals Horns.


    AC/DC’s Shot Down in Flames. At the very end, Bon Scott delivers a half-hearted attempt at a Little Richard scream. Still, it’s funny as hell and tough to duplicate.

  3. hrrundivbakshi

    YES to the weird gargle at the end of “Shot Down in Flames.”

  4. I always took that to be Bon trying to replicate a pilot crashing because right before that he’s making little explosion noises.

  5. Beginning:”You wanted the best and you got the best, the hottest band in the land…”

    Ending: Johnny Rotten giving the raspberry at the end of EMI or Pete Townsend yelling “I saw you” at Keith Moon at the end of Happy Jack.

  6. The Beatles’ Let It Be album is littered with many memorable intros and outros. “I dig a pygmy”, “sweet Loretta Fats”, “hope we passed the audition”, etc.

  7. For Johnny Rotten I think of his “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” at the end of the Pistols’ “No Fun,” their closing song of their final show at San Francisco’s Winterland.

  8. Yes, all sorts of great chatter on that album!

    I’ve been listening to the 2 Syd Barrett albums lately and wondering what the thought process was behind including a couple of extended false starts. I’m surprised, after not spinning those albums in their entirety for maybe 10 years, how well I remember each stumble.

  9. Intro that pops to mind: Mike Love introducing “the hard workin’ drummer Denny Wilson” on Beach Boys Concert — before Dennis sings “The Wanderer.”

  10. misterioso

    Of course, there is Peter Wolf’s deathless intro to the live version of “Most of Got Lost” on Blow Your Face Out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW0hxbrmFhM

  11. Suburban kid

    All of the Stones (I believe) introducing the Stones at the start of Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out.

  12. Intro

    The Beatles: “Will people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.”

    Runner up

    Janis: ““I’d like to do a song of great social and political import”


    The Beatles “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition”

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    I’m so tired and brain dead that I’m melding 2 posts into one:

    This song seemed apropos for this time of evening, AND I like the intro:


  14. ladymisskirroyale

    And here’s the first outro I could think of, also from The Specials:


    “Good night, Terry; Good night, Rhoda”

  15. Nice intro, I’ve had that version of “I Saw Her Standing There” as the B side of Elton’s “Philadelphia Freedom” single since childhood.

  16. Intro: I love the completely swishy band introductions at the Beginning of “Ballroom Blitz”.
    Outro: Not a cool choice but the 1st one I can’t purge from my mind is the cracked voice “Yeeaaaah” at the end of “Rain King” by Counting Crows.

  17. diskojoe

    Intro: “Is this the master now?” “Nice & smooth” “1-2-3-4!” Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa,fa,fa…………..

    Outro: The ending to the Jam’s Eton Rifles, Just a BAM! like a car hitting a wall @ high speed

  18. The muttered outro, “doesn’t matter, I’ll probably just get hit by a car, anyway” from “Institutionalized”.

    Much cooler. I certainly feel better now.

  19. Down at the Brass Ass we used to waste countless quarters American playing the B-Side of the Dan’s ‘Hey Nineteen’ just to hear the ‘Tell Yo Friends – Mistah WhatEvah’ into to the Santa Mocnica setonfiyo Bodhisattva

  20. I’ve been listening to that alblum constantly for the last three weeks. I’d never owned it and hadn’t really heard much offt it for the last forty years but ‘Rambler’…What hit me was how good the low end sounded – drums, rhythm guitar and especially Bill Wyman’s bass.

    I’ve always believed that Wyman GOT the bass more than anybody else – he hardly ever wasted energy on fiddly bits and he don’t play no treble…

    Ya Yas brings that out really really well…

  21. BigSteve

    Intro: Bill Graham saying “Four gentlemen and one great, great broad … Big Brother & the Holding Company” at the start of Cheap Thrills.

    Outro: At the end of Between the Buttons, Mick saying “Well thank you very much and now I think it’s time for us all to go. So from all of us to all of you, not forgetting the boys in the band and our producer, Reg Thorpe, we’d like to say “God Bless”. So, if you’re out tonight, don’t forget, if you’re on your bike, wear white….evening all.”

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