Of course, there are those who lines are historic [-made a big impact during its time and remembered for that.] Such as, "Call me Ishmael" and "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
But sometimes, what attracts me is the explicit, earnest nature of some openings. Don't misunderstand, explicitness for it's own sake is never a good idea, just like special effects in films with no real story to guide them will always produce rubbish *ahem, Guillermo Del Toro, ahem*. But when it's employed by intelligent design, ear/eye candy can be quite riveting.
Nas, one of my favorite all-time rappers who is known for his intelligence, creativity and conspiracy theory leanings, released a new album called Nas (formerly called "Nigger") on July 15th, 2008. On it, the song "Testify" starts off with a very calm, reflective and somewhat cheerful track. He then comes on to softly profess:
"I just burnt my American flag, and sent three cracker Nazis to hell and I'mThe lyrics and track was so severely contrasted I had to laugh, as this is the stuff comedy is made of.
I also bought an Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) novel called "Earthly Powers". It was a bit difficult to find, being how it's out of print. I found one copy at a small, dark cafe in the recesses of Manhattan for $175. I think that was because it was a first edition signed by the author himself. At any rate, it was worth hunting down a $7.50 Hardback copy, so I could read the novel that starts:
"It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me"