The first song on the first album was their peak

Any bands you can think of where the very first track of their debut album was the best thing they ever did, they never quite lived up to that promise. Not saying they’re bad bands, that was just their best.

I’m having this:

And this:

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And this:

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Just gave Royal Blood’s first album a listen to see whether I could be persuaded to get a ticket (primarily to see ATDI), and the first song is head and shoulders better than anything else on there.

Just looked it up and it’s called Out Of The Black, apparently.

Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)

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Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows

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Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored

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Smells like teen spirit

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Nah, Loose Change.

Interpol - Untitled

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You’ve forgotten Bleach mate.

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MGMT

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That was an EP

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On the subject of EPs, are we counting The Three EPs as The Beta Band’s first album is or is technically a compilation?

Either way, Dry The Rain is their best song…

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Technically a compilation.

But the first song on their first album proper is the worst song they ever did, so… it can stand!

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Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

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Jenny was a friend of mine

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Machine Head - Davidian

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I’m not convinced enough to make the argument myself, but I think a case could at least be made for “Round Here” by Counting Crows, “Kissing Families” by Silversun Pickups, “The Twilite Kid” by The Twilight Singers, and “Digsaw” by The Wytches.

The only definites I can think of right now come from bands with only one album: “Unliving” by Hebronix and “Romance” by Wild Flag.

I don’t have everything by either band yet, but maybe Shellac or British Sea Power?