View Full Version : What song would you want to forget and hear again for the first time?

01-23-2009, 12:42 AM
You can magically choose to entirely forget one song. Then you get to listen to it again. Where you previously had every lyric and note memorized - say it's your favorite - you now have no idea what's next. Every bit is completely new to your ears. What do you choose?

I'd want to hear Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody again for the first time. I love the track, but I'd love to experience all of the bizarrely connected sections of it again without a clue of where it's going.

01-23-2009, 12:44 AM
I'd love to hear the whole album 40oz to Freedom by Sublime again for the first time. I wonder if I'd like it now. It was like the soundtrack to my mid/late teens.

That and Grassroots by 311.

01-23-2009, 01:30 AM
I think one of the Deadheads in Freaks and Geeks said this but I'd like to forget American Beauty and listen to the whole album again as if it was my first time. With that said, I don't really like the other Grateful Dead albums.

Bohemian Rhapsody, like you mentioned, is a great choice too. That would be another fun one to hear for the first time again.

01-23-2009, 01:35 AM
Stairway of course.

01-23-2009, 01:36 AM
I remember when "Schism" came on for the station premiere of the new unreleased (at the time) Tool album. Tool was my favorite band at the time, and I honestly didn't know it was them singing. That experience was almost surreal, because I was considering adopting this new mystery band as my favorite before the announcer said it was them.

01-23-2009, 02:03 AM
The Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody.

01-23-2009, 02:12 AM
Closer or Hurt by Nine Inch Nails

A Day In The Life by The Beatles

Hey You by Pink Floyd

Where the Streets Have No Name by U2

Creep by Radiohead

The Host Of Seraphim by Dead Can Dance

Stealth Potato
01-23-2009, 02:29 AM
Can I forget a song and then not hear it again? Like, ever?

In that case, Seasons in the Sun.

01-23-2009, 09:58 AM
Great concept! There are so many pieces of music that have been ruined by overplaying on radio, ads, kids recitals...

On the Classical side:
Pachelbel's Canon
Fur Elise
Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez
Blue Danube Waltz
etc, etc

01-23-2009, 10:02 AM
Hey Jude

Skald the Rhymer
01-23-2009, 10:05 AM
"Back at One," by Brian McKnight.

"Breathe (2 a.m.) by Anna Malick.

Every damn song in Stephen Sondheim's Passion musical from '94. Also from Sweeney Tood. In fact, every damn song Sondheim every wrote.

01-23-2009, 11:19 AM
A Life Less Ordinary -Carbon Leaf

01-23-2009, 11:31 AM
Songs that I can immediately and clearly recall transfixing me in place to listen to it with 100% attention when I first heard them:

Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction
The Beatles - A Day In The Life, Let It Be
Bob Dylan - Ballad Of A Thin Man, Like A Rolling Stone
David Bowie - Space Oddity
Pink Floyd - Learning To Fly, Time
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio
Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon
U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name
The Fugees - Killing Me Softly (cover song)
Cake - I Will Survive (cover song)
Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks

Probably (definitely) more but these I can name immediately.

01-23-2009, 11:37 AM
Fall to Pieces - Velvet Revolver

Great song, just associated with a bittersweet memory

01-23-2009, 11:43 AM
Eva Cassidy's version of Time After Time.

01-23-2009, 11:52 AM
"Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel.

The entire album of "The Wall." I'd like to hearken back to a time when I thought it was moving and profound. Might also require Fountain of Youth.

Cornelius Tuggerson
01-23-2009, 12:06 PM
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straights
Starman - David Bowie
Dream - Paul Anka
The Trial - Pink Floyd

01-23-2009, 12:06 PM
I think I've got two separate categories here. There's the songs that you've known for so long you can't remember when you first heard them, but would love to know what that was like. Then there's the songs that you can remember how amazing it was the first time you heard it, and would love to revisit that moment.

In the first category: Stairway to Heaven. I was huge, huge Zep fan in my late teens - still am I suppose - but I'll be damned if I can remember the moment I first heard it.

In the second category: Seven Nation Army. I'd been lucky enough to see the White Stripes in a fairly small venue, was blown away, dashed out and bought the three existing albums. The anticipation when I first heard the "new single" - to hear that "bass line" that is now so instantly recognisable, and the wow factor when the guitar really kicks in. I'd like to relive that.

01-23-2009, 12:15 PM
Foreigner's "Feels Like The First Time" -- just for the irony.

01-23-2009, 12:17 PM
I would like to hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" once more - now that I'm adult and know the whole history - and to hear it done by the Boston Pops.

01-23-2009, 12:21 PM
Pachelbel's Canon
I second this one. My mom used to play an album with this on it, every Sunday morning, so I don't have a memory of when I heard it first. Matter of fact, I used to know it by "Tran tran tran" (what my older sibs called it). Beautiful piece.

I'll submit Roundabout by Yes.

01-23-2009, 12:38 PM
All of Darkside of the Moon by Pink Floyd. I remember enjoying it rather deeply when I first gave it a listen.

01-24-2009, 02:07 AM
Just one? Yikes, a very tough choice.

Symphony #6 by Beethoven.

But if I could, I'd also like to include
Symphony #9 by Beethoven
Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy
and a number of others.

Hostile Dialect
01-24-2009, 03:10 AM
Oh wow. That would absolutely have to be Bittersweet Symphony. Hearing that song for the first time was just pure transcendant bliss. I wish I could forget it and then hear it for the first time on some sort of psychedelic drug.

Same goes for Unchained Melody. I remember hearing that song for the first time as a kid. It had such a hauntingly complete instrumental texture to it. It had a way of just wrapping me up, completely enveloping me in its pleasantly dark misery. Actually, the song sounds like the quintessential great drug trip feels to me.

I also wish I could forget John Coltrane's "Acknowledgement" (the first track of A Love Supreme) and hear it for the first time again. The way he strains the highest notes of his saxophone, blowing all the way through the ceiling, reaching toward God, is mind-blowing. If that doesn't just send you into space, you have no soul.

I also have to second Peter, Bjorn and John's "Young Folks". Something about that song can just transfix you. I can't believe it's been forgotten so quickly. And I'll second "Roundabout".

And along the lines of cgg419's post, I'd like to forget the Sneaker Pimps' "Six Underground" because of the bittersweet memories.

Hostile Dialect,
Hostile Dialect, Narcissist

01-24-2009, 04:33 AM
Closer by Nine Inch Nails (in concurrence with Shamozzle)

01-24-2009, 04:42 AM
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (still a powerful song, but I want to relive the breath-taking first time)

Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing (don't even remember the first time, but it'd be nice going into this without knowing all of the cool transitions in advance)

01-24-2009, 05:50 AM
I would not want to forget any of my favourite songs. For this to really work, all memories of what I associate these songs with would have to be gone forever too. Unless, you promise that these memories come back after my second 'first time'. But when you listen to a song, only afterwards to remember again where and when you heard it before, the 'first time' experience wouldn't have been quite the same, would it?

It's already possible in reality, sort of. Basically, it would be like listening to music while under a bad anesthesia. There are sedatives that induce temporary retrograde amnesia. No memory of who you are, what happened, why you're here, only aware of the here and now. The grogginess after an electroshock might be very similar too. I think I'll pass.

Well, here's one: Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do. Not particularly for the re-listening value of a favourite song, but specifically because you can experience the full surprise effect of the guitar/scream transition and the reaction of the crowd really only once and then never again.

Richard Pearse
01-24-2009, 06:45 AM
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

There was something incredibly uplifting and emotionally overwhelming about the transition from the verse to the first chorus that I've never quite captured on subsequent plays. I'd also like to scrub my memory of The Wall film and watch Comfy Numb on that too, similar reason but with the added effect of the expansive shot of the field with little Pink running.

Forgetting and having another first listen to The Dark Side of the Moon would be interesting because I first heard that as a young 10-11 year old boy on my Mum's record player, and the only Pink Floyd I'd heard before was Another Brick in the Wall, and for some reason I thought PF were a hard rock verging on heavy metal band. So my expectations of Dark Side were a little off, and I didn't immediately appreciate it.

Bridget Burke
01-24-2009, 07:31 AM
Houston's International Festival concentrates on a particular country every year. But international, national, regional & local acts round out the entertainment schedule for two weekends in the spring. Long ago, admission was free; it's still a great bargain.

Some years back, Joe Ely was scheduled for the closing show. We were told he couldn't bring his band, but I was among those who arrived early for a seat on the grass, anyway. As a solo act, he's still kickass. We watched the stage setup--hmm, they were setting up more than a mikestand for one. Seems as though he'd convinced a few of his pals to make the trip down from Austin, after all.

The band came out, the lights went on & Joe Ely kicked off the show with Robert Earl Keen's epic story song "The Road Goes On Forever (http://www.ely.com/LoveAndDanger.html#The%20Road%20Goes%20on%20Forever)"--which was brand new to most of us. (Joe's a fine songwriter but is glad to take friends' tunes & make them his own.) The combination of that song, that performer & that band was better than a jolt of tequila & a few rails. (Without the after-effects of nausea, headache & "where's all my money?")

Seriously--if Joe comes to your town, check him out. (http://www.ely.com/ElyBandGigs2009.htm) Hey, he's on this weekend's Prairie Home Companion, broadcasting from Duluth. Followed by trip to Clear Lake, Iowa for 50 Winters Later. (http://www.50winterslater.com/index.html) (Like Buddy Holly, Joe came from Lubbock.)

Then again, I remember a very young Townes Van Zandt at Sand Mountain Coffee House in the 60's. He shyly introduced his first "serious" song: "Waitin' Round To Die."

The Shroud
01-24-2009, 06:23 PM
Nina Simone's "Feelin' Good." The first few hundred times I heard it, it was a real pick-me-up.

01-24-2009, 06:55 PM
The one song that I'd like to forget and hear again.

Everybody Dance Now! C and C Music Factory.

For better, for worse. This is the song that started me liking dance music for..ugh..over 20 years now.

I never thought I'd be sitting here think about the early 1990s.

01-24-2009, 07:01 PM
Coldplay - Fix You
Keane - A Bad Dream
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Damian Rice - 9 Crimes
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

I could actually make a huge list, but each of those songs have made me feel better in hard times when I first heard them.

01-24-2009, 07:52 PM
I hadn't heard Cake until I heard 'Short Skirt/Long Jacket' while on a ski trip. Cake quickly became our family's favorite band. I would love to recreate that feeling of discovery and joy I got from hearing that song for the first time.

01-24-2009, 09:50 PM
Windy by The Association

01-24-2009, 09:57 PM
Being a child of the '80s there is several from then.

New Years's Day - U2
Overkill - Men at Work
Fall On Me - REM
Wanna Be Startin Something - Michael Jackson
Panama - Van Halen
Love Shack - B52s
Straight to Hell - Drivin N Cryin
911 is a Joke - Public Enemy

Plus a couple from the 70s
Wish Your Were Here album - Pink Floyd which to me is better than Dark Side or the Wall
and the best dance song ever - Stayin Alive - Bee Gees

01-24-2009, 10:12 PM
My Generation, "Live At Leeds" version (with crackling noises!)

01-24-2009, 10:17 PM
I'll submit Roundabout by Yes.On a really good system, and very loud. The second note will cut you in two.

Fiddle Peghead
01-24-2009, 10:22 PM
Green Mountain Hop - Reno & Smiley

In fact, I'm going to listen to it now.

01-24-2009, 10:25 PM
This sorta happened to me. A few years back I was listening to Billy Joe Royal's "I Knew You When," which came out in that awkward period in 1965 when I was out of 9V batteries and couldn't listen to the radio, so I hadn't heard it before. I loved it and said to my wife, "I guess it isn't that I like particular songs. I like their style."

Vox Imperatoris
01-24-2009, 10:48 PM
I'm not really sure—I didn't particularly like a lot of my favorite songs the very first time I heard them. Maybe Bohemian Rhapsody? That's always a good choice, and it was definitely an interesting experience the first time I heard it on the radio.

Vox Imperatoris

Small Hen
01-24-2009, 11:44 PM
I tend to find that the song I really, truly love, I didn't like that much the first time I heard them. There are films I'd like to see for the first time again, books I'd like to read for the first time again, but not really any songs to relive.

01-24-2009, 11:46 PM
Martha Tom Waits

I cried so hard.

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