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RetroBen81
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13 years, 8 months ago
Hi,

How many of you can conjure up certain pop hits that had rare instruments in them?

For the record:
Sitar (Indian string instrument) - "Paint It Black" (and "Street Fighting Man") by The Rolling Stones, "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles
Shehnai (Indian wind instrument) - "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones (instrument played by Dave Mason of Traffic and Blind Faith)
Theremin (body motion synthesizer) - "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys, "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin
Lyricon (electronic wind instrument) - "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson (instrument played by jazz musician Tom Scott)

~Ben
"I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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    elron
    726 Posts
    13 years, 8 months ago
    eating a carrot (possibly Paul McCartney taking a bite) "Vegetables"- The Beach Boys
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      elron
      726 Posts
      13 years, 8 months ago
      In a lot of pornos they seem to play the skin flute quite a bit.
        Funky_Guy
        2638 Posts
        13 years, 8 months ago
        Kate Bush's brother Paddy has played balalaika, didjeridu and fujara on some of her material. Rolf Harris played didjeridu on her Dreaming album.
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          senseimike
          185 Posts
          13 years, 8 months ago
          Deee-lite used a slide whistle on "groove is in the heart"
          Beat on the Brat, Beat on the Brat, Beat on the Brat with a Baseball Bat.
          Thank You Ramones.... Long Live Punk
            Funky_Guy
            2638 Posts
            13 years, 8 months ago
            Oh yeah I remember that. Slide whistles aren't used nearly enough in music, Pink Floyd used one in live versions of Flaming off their first album;

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_aqsKmJd5Y

            Pink Floyd also used wine glasses on Shine On You Crazy Diamond parts one and nine.

            Zappa and the Mothers used alot of Kazoo on their first album, Freak Out. Especially on the cut You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here.

            Yes made a percussion rig out of broken car pieces and bits of scrap metal for Gates of Delirium. In the middle of the instrumental break you hear the sound of the rig being repeatedly knocked to the ground.
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              Mister_E
              708 Posts
              13 years, 8 months ago
              Beck broke furniture for the end of "Cancelled Check." He also used a banjo in "Today Has Been a F***ed Up Day" and "Sexx Laws."
              We all live in a capital I
              in the middle of the desert
              in the center of the sky.
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                TheWizard241
                455 Posts
                13 years, 8 months ago
                how about pearl jams ten CD, somebody is credited as playing the pepper shaker and fire extinguisher in 'oceans'.

                and who could forget Bobby McFerrins 'don't worry, be happy' there are no instruments used in that song at all...the music for that song is just all sounds made by Bobby McFerrin
                  swmr1ml
                  7 Posts
                  13 years, 8 months ago
                  A harp in She's Leaving Home~Beatles
                    Funky_Guy
                    2638 Posts
                    13 years, 8 months ago
                    Jon Anderson from Yes played a harp on his first solo album Olias of Sunhillow. He also played one on Yes' Going for the One and played a small scale harp on the group's 1976 - 1979 and 1991 tours.
                      swmr1ml
                      7 Posts
                      13 years, 8 months ago
                      Jethro Tull~flute
                        Funky_Guy
                        2638 Posts
                        13 years, 8 months ago
                        Genesis also featured flute when Peter Gabriel was in the band. Peter Gabriel played flute on Cat Stevens' Mona Bone Jackon album as well.
                          frito23
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                          13 years, 8 months ago
                          good vibrations, did the beach boys use an amplifier.
                            Funky_Guy
                            2638 Posts
                            13 years, 8 months ago
                            I'm not sure. Something I find interesting about the Beach Boys is how well they fit fuzz guitar and fuzz bass into material that wouldn't typically use that kind of sound. During the Smile sessions Hal Blaine drummed on carboard and tupperwear containers and had a rig of orange juice containers, each cut off at different points.

                            Remembering more now, Yes used clinking milk bottles on Roundabout and the Who used Pete's footsteps and a bottle being thrown out a window for percussion on The Music Must Change.
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                              carlyB
                              9 Posts
                              13 years, 8 months ago
                              cyndi lauper - all thru the night. listen and you'll see!
                              1982 :D
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