The Breeders’ hit ”Cannonball” starts with a great rock tradition: the one- two-three-four count-off. Some other notable examples of rockers playing by the numbers: *”Good Lovin’,” The Young Rascals: the standard ”One, two, three”-but sung by three different people! * ”Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen: another twist-a countdown in the middle. * ”Roadrunner,” Jonathan Richman, and ”Invisible Sun,” The Police: One to four isn’t enough. In best Spi nal Tap tradition, they go up to six. *”Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs: the first world-music countdown: ”Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro!” * ”I Saw Her Standing There,” The Beatles: Is Paul screaming ”four,” ”fah,” or something far naughtier? * ”Land of 1000 Dances,” Wilson Pickett: He actually sings ”One, two, three!” * ”Rockaway Beach,” The Ramones: sound as if they are pushing the mental envelope by counting to four. Illustration by Kaz
Posted February 18 1994 — 12:00 AM EST
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