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Old 07-07-2014, 04:36 AM
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Default The key change for the final chorus of Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer"

Let's face it, it's the greatest, most powerful moment in the history of music or indeed the world.

But which other moments in songs, cheesy or otherwise, give you the shivers, the electricity like "oh fuck me that's fucking good isn't it?"

I will begin by nominating three Mountain Goats moments because they are the best band ever joined with Alien Ant Farm.

- The bit in "Deuteronomy 2:10" when John sings "I sang all night" and his voice catches

- The bit in "Pale Green Things" when John sings "She told me how you'd died at last, at last" and it tears your heart out and screams all the grief you've ever felt into one of the heart-holes before slapping it back in you like a macabre high-five

- The bit in "Family Happiness" when John sings "You can arm me to the teeth, you can't make me go to war" and his voice catches and it's so utterly sincere and evocative that you then and there do a shit.

OK I could go on forever about the Goats but I'll talk about some others.

- The bit in Pink Floyd's "Time" when it goes "AND YOU RUUUN AND YOU RUUUN TO CATCH UP WITH THE SUN BUT IT'S SINKING" and you simultaneously realise that you'll be dead soon and that you just heard possibly the best lyric ever

- The bit in ELO's "Here Is The News" when Jeff Lynne sings "I wanna go back" (obscure-ish in their catalogue but "Time" is one of my favourite albums ever, no relation to the Floyd one)

- The bit in The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" when the song is playing.
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Let's face it, it's the greatest, most powerful moment in the history of music or indeed the world.
Ah, the old Truck Driver's Gear Change.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:49 AM
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If we're talking about key changes, the latter half of Flogging Molly's Within a Mile of Home when it shifts into minor key is hard to beat.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:55 AM
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Must I be the one to bring up the crescendo in A Day in the Life?
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:07 AM
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Must I be the one to bring up the crescendo in A Day in the Life?
I was so close to putting it in the OP, but i could just have written "The part in [any given Beatles song] where something amazing happens" (and actually did write in the original OP, that got lost, and was much funnier)
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:29 PM
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No joke, that bit in Pale Green Things was the exact thing I first thought of.

A few other Mountain Goats moments:

- My second favourite John Darnielle repeating a lyric moment is the second repetition of "I would do it again" in Against Pollution, which packs in such surprise and affirmation and determination to survive.

- The most heartbreaking quoting of the Cheers theme ever in Autoclave.

- The unbearable gentleness of "And I will get lonely, and gasp for air, and send your name up from my lips like a signal flare" in Get Lonely
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:55 PM
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Moments that get me:

The build in Under Pressure that starts with "Cause love's such an old fashioned word...". Bowie and Mercury meld so beautifully and the song just launches into the stratosphere.

Prince's guitar solo from While My Guitar Gently Weeps from George Harrison's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He tears the house down.

The opening of Kevin Gilbert's Tears of Audrey - "Audrey's donning her black dress again/A dress she always plans to wear/It's over - she says it softly over/I'm all alone". I have a hard time listening to the song at all without getting choked up.

Also from Kevin Gilbert - the line from Water Under the Bridge "What's a drop of water/In an ocean of compromise?"

The last verse of Richard Thompson's When the Spell is Broken, such a brutal depiction of heartbreak that you wonder how he ever got married in the first place.

That bit in Television's Marquee Moon where they hypnotize you for 10 minutes.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:21 AM
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Great responses, but I think we can fill at least a few pages!

My mistake was not naming this thread more generically. I really thought that by invoking that sainted key change I would be able to draw people in.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:39 AM
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In the Flesh?

The Happiest Days of Our Lives

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Old 07-09-2014, 01:44 PM
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I don't know what the general opinion of the band Brand New is, but they're a popular and somewhat angsty emo-rock outfit that has seen a fair amount of radio play, but wrote some pretty powerful, albeit pretty depressing stuff.

One song that sticks out to me in particular in all the music I've ever listened to is a song called Limousine. This song was originally recorded as an acoustic song on a demo tape. This version here includes not only a realized full-band arrangement, but also maybe the most epic climax of any song I've ever heard.



The first half of the song is really good, but I want to draw your attention to the latter half of the song at about 2:55, so feel free to fast forward to that bit (although the whole song is fantastic). There's some mumbling in the background ("Never again"), paired with a haunting chord progression.

About 20-30 seconds later, the singer starts repeating the same two lines of lyrics ("[I] love you so much, but do me a favor baby don't reply / cause I can dish it out, but I can't take it") over and over. From there, the song begins to make its slow build-up.

The song almost becomes some sort of droning chant, finding new ways to present the same chord progression and line of lyrics with each new iteration. At some point, the singer begins straining his voice a little to reach the higher octave, and even further into the song, an entire different melody of vocals begins to fade into the mix. Soon the secondary melody begins to overpower the lead singer. At this point, there is practically an orchestra of rock instruments in the mix blaring in unison.

Then it happens. The moment. The moment when the drummer is trying to break through the skins, where the guitars all explode, the vocals draw out a long "aah", and everything reaches a peak to play out the chord progression one last time. Then, almost too suddenly, everything stops, lingers a bit, and we're left with only an acoustic guitar to escort us away from the song.


I don't know if I can accurately describe how this song has affected me. I discovered it at a very difficult time in my life, and it's one of those things that's become maybe a bit too deeply personal for me. So it's understandable if others aren't quite as taken with it as I am. But that's probably the single most "electric" moment in music, for me.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:30 AM
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Fun. - The Gambler, especially just after 2:40

Seconding the crescendo from Under Pressure. Actually the intro to that section is good to! Ugh it's so perfect D:

Basically at least one moment from any given Explosions in the Sky song ever. The guitar coming in at 0:53 in The Rescue - Day 1, or 1:37 in Yasmin the Light, or or or
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Basically at least one moment from any given Explosions in the Sky song ever. The guitar coming in at 0:53 in The Rescue - Day 1, or 1:37 in Yasmin the Light, or or or
Nothing they've done has been better than the 4 minutes beginning at 4:48 of Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean to the end.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:07 AM
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Don't stop me now

The whole thing. The whole damn thing. All the music I'm used to hearing these days, I can't fathom how someone could have put together something so punchy and yet so complicated.

Its all about the harmonies.
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Prince's guitar solo from While My Guitar Gently Weeps from George Harrison's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He tears the house down.
this is so. fucking. good.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:17 PM
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this is so. fucking. good.
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:18 PM
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The slow realization that Shop Vac by Jonathan Coulton isn't just an ironic joke song. (Also, this is the best kinetic typography video.)

The Commander Thinks Aloud.

Fox Confessor Brings The Flood.

Any time Pink Floyd makes you wait half an album for the third verse.

Hey Jude live.

Leaving songs behind, there's the moment in Music For 18 Musicians where the shaker comes in.

Finally, when a 100-person steel drum band starts playing Indian ragas.
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What the hell is Shop Vac about? I thought it was about a serial killer or something the first few times but now I have no idea. What is a Shop Vac?
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:38 PM
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What the hell is Shop Vac about? I thought it was about a serial killer or something the first few times but now I have no idea. What is a Shop Vac?
The "Vac" in Shop Vac is short for "vacuum". A Shop Vac is a vacuum people use for things like wood shops and garages. Usually they can vacuum both wet and dry messes. It's a song about the quiet desperation of moribund domestic relationships.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:24 PM
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Prince's guitar solo from While My Guitar Gently Weeps from George Harrison's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He tears the house down.
I forgot that Prince played instruments.
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The part in "Oh Comely" when Jeff recorded the entire thing in one take.
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I forgot that Prince played instruments.
Prince plays like all of the instruments. I think he produced a band where some other person(s) sang and Prince played every instrument.
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Thread title is happening right now on the work truck radio.
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The whole thing is one big dopamine rush for me, but especially when the timpani comes in.
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St Elmo's Fire has one of these.
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For lot of us 80's kids, the opening strains of Stan Bush's "You've Got The Touch" hits like a freight train.
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I was listening to In Rainbows the first time with headphones and the climax of "All I Need" nearly caused me to evaporate
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I hope y'all like unapologetic bombast

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unapologetic bombast
what is now the name of my band
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I was listening to In Rainbows the first time with headphones and the climax of "All I Need" nearly caused me to evaporate
That's a great album for taking a walk in the woods with headphones.
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let me just come in and say that the man who decided to rhyme "adore ya" with "velouria" is a prince of humanity
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