Friday, March 3, 2023

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


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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Please replace ... 107 Bela Lugosi's   ...with this file. 

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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 Weekend Wicked Games 5:24

176 Alabama Shakes Hold On 3:48




  1. That's very interesting because I never knew from many of those they were debut singles. Pity though that "Bela Lugosi's Dead" is a live version cause the original studio version is just too perfect.

    1. Hi Wolfgang,
      I didn't have the original at the time. I believe I now have a copy. I will update it at some stage. (I should also fix the title too)

  2. Hi Butterboy, that's great. It's a track (or even a trip) I think everybody should know. The live version does not come close imho.

    1. Added a link for the studio version. See above.

  3. Fantastic. Sorry to have caused you additional work as if it wasn't enough what you are doing here ... I keep looking forward to every of your posts and I think there will be lots of and lots of music lovers that are the same. Please won't you ever stop doing this ;) Cheers.

    1. Thanks, Wolfgang.
      No Issue at all. The new version posted is better.