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Whilst discussing song endings, my brother's music teacher once told him 'fade out, cop out'
i used to think this.
but now fade outs rule.
I don't particuarly like fade outs, It doesn't really end the song for me!
but it does sort of give the impression that the party continues/goes on forever which in some cases is a good, good thing.
if you keep turning the volume up, you get 10+ minutes more of a good track
of 'some girls are bigger than others' by the smiths too. it's weird.
like the fade on the smiths one. appareantly, the track was done in such a rush they didn't have time to go back and edit it
a fade out can be a cop out if its just double chorus to fade
but if it's a killer riff then it pays to let it fade to give the impression that the riff never ends (as m_m_m says up there^)
The fade out and back is good too - I think Eno invented it on Roxy Music's 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache'(1973) but I could be wrong - in such circumstances it makes me think of, rather than the killer riff going on for ever, that the band is rockin' on forever and one if simply walking away from the studio satisfied that they're doing their thing and that they let you in on it for a while.
on this Fire Show song:
One chord repeating, over and over, beaten into eventual nothingness.