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AN'-A-ONE-AN'-A-TWO

ROCK SONGS THAT COUNT

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

Originally posted Feb 18, 1994 Published in issue #210-211 Feb 18, 1994 Order article reprints
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