The Tide is High - yay or nay?


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In 1980, Blondie released The Tide Is High and it was a massive hit. The song was different from the usual material Blondie had on her albums. I've always enjoyed the orchestration of the song, especially the strings and brass. When I heard it this morning I was concentrating on the percussion. This was certainly not standard rock/pop drumming. The song has an island feel, with many percussion instruments. Can you identify the instruments used on the recording?

I always wondered how they used to play this song live.


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in response to the opening Q:

A: yay

to the other questions - how they played it and what instruments are involved...dunno

but yay.

there are probably live clips on da Tube.