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Ramones Intro   (+13, -6)  [vote for, against]
All Music Should Start With the Immortal count in "OneTwoThreeFour"

...just as a tribute to Joey (RIP) and the rest of the guys.
-- DrBob, Apr 18 2001

The Beatles didn't do it at quite the same speed. At a Ramones gig, the count-in was the only way to tell when one song had ended and the next one had started.
-- DrBob, Apr 18 2001

I like how Bruce Springsteen counts in the middle of a song better.....
-- Susen, Apr 18 2001

This intro will add a whole new dimension to Lakme's "Flower Duet."
-- 1percent, Apr 18 2001

I remember a punk band from my college days called Th'Cigaretz, who would do the "one, two, three, four" count, but would start playing at about 3.2.
-- beauxeault, Apr 18 2001

Heard on Prairie Home Companion radio show:
You know
what-to do.."
-- Dog Ed, Apr 18 2001

I'm sure there's a Jonathan Richman song where he counts higher than 4... It's bugging me now.
-- hippo, Apr 23 2001

hippo, I think he did that on 'Roadrunner'.
-- DrBob, Apr 23 2001

Think, zippy . . . "A 0001, and a 0010 . . ."
-- wasraw, Apr 23 2001

Dave Brubeck's take five is also in 5:4 time (but have know idea how he count's it in). I once saw Winton Marsalis do a gig at the Albert Hall in London, and he got the whole audience clapping to a song in, get this, 7:5 time. A bit like trying to pat your head and stroke your stomach at the same time.... And four those who were kids in the seventies: "a one banana, two banana, three banana, four...."
-- goff, Apr 25 2001

P.S. I didn't know Bruce Springsteen could count to four
-- goff, Apr 25 2001

Use of the 1,2,3,4 intro often doubled the duration of the song which followed.
-- autopilot, Nov 08 2001

My favourite intro-count has to be Iggy's (from the Stooges' Last Concert, I believe):

One! Two! Fuck you pricks!
-- Guy Fox, Nov 08 2001

Sifl and Olly have such an intro on most of there songs, and I always find it to be delightful...though I find them in general to be delightful.
-- crackriot, Jan 12 2002

Taken to an extreme, this is Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach"... the main theme (which is repeated many many times) is the choir singing "1 2 3 4 / 1 2 3 4 5 6 / 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8", counting off the duration that each chord is held.
-- PurpleBob, Jan 27 2002

Uno! Dos! One two tres quatro!
-- StarChaser, Jan 27 2002

It is Paul Desmond's Take 5, not Dave Brubeck's.
-- mighty_cheese, Jan 27 2002

could be wrong but he played with Dave Brubeck ...... and yes you are right, he wrote it!
-- po, Jan 27 2002

Kraftwerk, Numbers: OneTwoThreeFour! Eins Zwei Drei Vier Funf Sechs Sieben Acht, Eins Zwei Drei Vier Funf Sechs Sieben Acht...
-- calum, Feb 13 2002

And now, to round off the funeral, Mozart's requiem: a 1, a 2, a 3 and a 4.........
-- NickTheGreat, Jul 03 2002

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