Last Sunday, George Szirtes invited literary and political bloggers to send him a link for one piece of music in which “the first bar or so of that one track...is the moment of opening that new door or new landscape for you.”
The results are now up (with links to the music) here and here.
I shortlisted six songs and found it hard to choose just one. But in the end, I chose the Patti Smith Group’s Gloria (George’s link to it isn’t working at the moment).
The other five on my list were:
What Goes On by the Velvet Underground
Marquee Moon by Television
Complete Control by The Clash
Suffer Little Children – The Smiths
The State I Am In – Belle and Sebastian
It occurs to me now that I should also have included Simply Thrilled Honey by Orange Juice (I should add that this isn't the original, superior version with James Kirk on guitar - I suspect second generation Orange Juice around 1982? Anyone know?).