Sunday, April 25, 2021

VA - Up In Lights, Great DEBUT Singles Vol. 02 ( A Butterboy Compilation) (4 x CD's)



VA - Up In Lights, Great DEBUT Singles Vol. 02 ( A Butterboy Compilation) (4 x CD's)

First impressions are so important,  Back in the old days, bands used to release things called "albums", which were often introduced by items known as "singles". As a buyer, the idea was you listened to the radio and heard a song you liked, then physically went to the record store and bought the single. If you really enjoyed the single – and could afford it – you then went and bought the whole album. I guess people do still buy albums, but that single? You hear it on a Spotify playlist and, if you could be bothered, you look up the artist. Old man warning: Things were better in the old days. (

The medium may change from analog to digital, but there’s always something magical about a great single, a record that can change your life in four minutes or less, and there’s a special knack to coming up with a classic your first time out of the gate. Even the most brilliant artists haven’t always managed that and there are a few world-class bands who had an underwhelming single or two before their big breakthrough. Still, there are quite a few artists who claimed their territory with the first notes of their first single, and below are the greatest debut 45 records. A few were great one-offs, but most were the start of a long career. (

A great debut single is the opening line in a conversation you never want to end, and hearing a band or artist get it right on their first try is one of the greatest thrills in music. (Rolling stone)


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Track lists


89 Blondie X Offender 3:12

90 Damned New Rose 2:42

91 Boston More Than a Feeling 4:45

92 Chic Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) 3:45

93 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Breakdown 2:42

94 Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill 4:25

95 Elvis Costello Less Than Zero 3:18

96 Clash White Riot 1:59

97 Jam In the City 2:20

98 Cure Killing an Arab 2:22

99 X-Ray Spex Oh Bondage Up Yours! 2:48

100 Prince Soft and Wet 3:02

101 Toto Hold the Line 3:57

102 Mark Knopfler Sultans of Swing 5:48

103 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights 4:29

104 Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out With Him 3:35

105 Cars Just What I Needed 3:44

106 Cold Chisel Khe Sanh 4:11

107 Bauhaus Bela Lugosi is Dead 9:37

108 Pylon Cool 3:21

109 Gang of Four Damaged Goods 3:26

110 Undertones Teenage Kicks 2:26


111 Raincoats Fairytale in the Supermarket 2:59

112 Knack My Sharona 4:53

113 B-52's Rock Lobster 4:54

114 Joy Division Transmission 3:35

115 Church She Never Said 3:17

116 Go Go's We Got the Beat (Stiff Single Version) 2:11

117 New Order Ceremony 4:37

118 Duran Duran Planet Earth 3:54

119 R.E.M. Radio Free Europe 4:06

120 Replacements I'm in Trouble 2:11

121 Stevie Nicks Stop Draggin' My Heart Around 4:02

122 Phil Collins In the Air Tonight 5:35

123 Inxs Simple Simon 2:34

124 Yazoo Only You 3:14

125 Violent Femmes Gone Daddy Gone 3:05

126 Smiths Hand in Glove 3:25

127 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax 3:56

128 Pet Shop Boys West End Girls 4:46

129 Sade Your Love is King 3:40

130 A-Ha Take on Me 3:49

131 Dinosaur Jr. Repulsion 3:06

132 Noiseworks No Lies 3:54


133 World Party Ship of Fools 4:29

134 Texas I Don't Want a Lover 5:01

135 Tracy Chapman Fast Car 4:56

136 Traveling Wilburys Handle With Care 3:19

137 Smashing Pumpkins I Am One 4:06

138 Charlatans (Uk) Indian Rope 4:33

139 Blur She's So High 4:46

140 Pearl Jam Alive 5:38

141 Suede The Drowners 3:44

142 Radiohead Creep 3:55

143 Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name 5:14

144 Counting Crows Mr. Jones 4:33

145 Elastica Stutter 2:22

146 Archers of Loaf Web in Front 2:06

147 Weezer Undone, the Sweater Song 5:05

148 Oasis Supersonic 4:43

149 Supergrass Caught By the Fuzz 2:16

150 Foo Fighters This is a Call 3:53

151 D'angelo Brown Sugar 4:22

152 Erykah Badu On & On 3:46

153 Fiona Apple Shadowboxer 5:24

154 Embrace All You Good Good People 4:38


155 Stereophonics Local Boy in the Photograph 3:22

156 Seahorses Love is the Law 3:44

157 Air Sexy Boy 4:59

158 Dido Here With Me 4:14

159 Interpol Pda 4:58

160 Alicia Keys Fallin' 3:30

161 Gorillaz Clint Eastwood 5:42

162 Libertines What a Waster 2:58

163 Lcd Soundsystem Losing My Edge 9:09

164 Franz Ferdinand Darts of Pleasure 2:59

165 Killers Mr. Brightside 3:42

166 Kaiser Chiefs Oh My God 3:37

167 Editors Bullets 3:11

168 Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor 2:54

169 Gnarls Barkley Crazy 3:00

170 Duffy Rockferry 4:13

171 Bon Iver Skinny Love 3:51

172 Xx Crystalised 3:22

173 Mumford & Sons Little Lion Man 4:07

174 Frank Ocean Novacane 4:59

175 Weeknd Wicked Games 5:24

176 Alabama Shakes Hold On 3:48




  1. Thank you for the exciting continuation of this very insightful series, very much appreciated!

  2. thank you Butterboy nice upload

  3. Many thanks, Mr. B., for this generous, overwhelming collection! 176 tracks so far, wow: great work! Best, TC

    1. Hi The Cairman,
      Thank you.
      That will be it for a little while, 2 volumes each 4 track lists should suffice for now.
      There are many more and will be picked up in the future.


  4. Woo-hoo - happy Sunday. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi heartofstone
      Sunday is fun day... then again, so is every day.


  5. Thanks for great debut singles, vols 1 and 2, looks great!
    Keep on doing Butterboy Compilations, they are always rewarding!

  6. Replies
    1. I am glad you do Gummo.
      The music makes you feel good and they remind us of days gone by. That cool.


  7. A good number of super-strong artists landed running on the charts, seizing our ears and attention; thank you for bringing us more of them, Butter - and for including recent-year strong debuts to remind us that artists still have the talent and creativity to knock us over. Cheers!

    1. Hi Aging Child,
      Great debuts just keep coming. I could have created a larger set of discs I feel this was where it felt good. 2 volumes x 4 discs requires a lot of attention.


    2. And it clearly has been worth that attention... and you both healthfully and generously know where to gently draw the line, and mosey along to the next artist and concept. Thank you for that attention, and for your dedication and love both to music, and to the interests of all your visitors. Like the Candy Man, you make everything you bake satisfying and delicious. Cheers!