Saturday, January 29, 2005

Greatest moments in rock and roll, part 3

("Will this web site ever change?"----It changes everyday.)

The Greatest Descending Melodies Of All Time

The Shins - "Saint Simon" (0:00-0:10)
The Shins - "Weird Divide" (0:03-0:07)

Yeah, I know it's indie rock, but it's hard to find a melody that tops the first ten seconds of "Saint Simon." It literally takes your breath away because it's one continuous melody with hardly a pause. The Shins' own "Weird Divide" comes close, but that melody clocks in at only 4 seconds.

Massive Attack - Teardrop (1:03-1:13)

Elizabeth Fraser's voice twists and turns in a mind-fucking way as it goes down the scale (and up the scale for a few moments). You'll have to hear it to believe it.

The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains (0:00-0:08)

It's just, note-for-note, a descending D major scale. But it works.

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