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Old 07-23-2018, 02:56 AM
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Just curious from the music fans here about the more unusual instruments played in Pop and Rock. I know it's all subjective, but think beyond what we typically see performed with percussion, guitars and keyboards.

For instance, to me, the Flute and Violin are unconventional rock/popular instruments.
  • Flute: Jethro Tull, Marshall Tucker Band
  • Violin: Kansas
  • Harpeji: Steve Wonder
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:26 AM
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The Theremin on "Good Vibrations"?
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The Melodica on the Hooters And We Danced.
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A fart: https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephenlaco...3Z#.ntpQ3M6KvN
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:36 PM
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:27 PM
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I forget the song, but given credit was a 1964 Buick brake drum.
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The Waterphone. Used on many movie sound tracks and not-so-many pop tunes.

It’s easy to make some cool sounds, more difficult to play a specific melody. The insrument’s tines are played with a rubber-ball mallet or a violin bow, and the lower cavity is partially filled with water and swirled while played. One of the most unique instruments I’ve ever come across.



The inventor/manufacturer still sells them, along with plenty of other goodies:
http://www.waterphone.com/prices.php
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I'm a little partial to the vibra-slap. Cake uses one in "Short Skirt Long Jacket".

I like windchimes too, very much. There I said it.
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All kind of latin percussion comes to mind, then the water tree El Condor Pasa, and didgeridoo seems is in some songs.
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:45 PM
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I forget the song, but given credit was a 1964 Buick brake drum.
Ok, THAT made me do a spit take..
Too funny. I'm sure it's true... just was NOT expecting those particular words together in a sentence.
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:02 AM
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I forget the song, but given credit was a 1964 Buick brake drum.
Wasn't that Hal Blaine?
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:37 AM
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I was in a cow-punk band and we had a guy play the washboard and a jug.
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I'm a little partial to the vibra-slap. Cake uses one in "Short Skirt Long Jacket".

I like windchimes too, very much. There I said it.
Also in Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith.
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Old 07-24-2018, 04:24 AM
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I once ran sound for a show which featured a metal band and the singer used an electrolarynx the whole time.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:09 PM
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Old 07-25-2018, 03:36 PM
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Jeremy Taggart from Our Lady Peace used a coffee can at the end of one of their songs, but I can't remember which song.
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Pictured by the floor toms, the aforementioned auto brake drum. Picture from Gretsch Drums Facebook page. Drummer Terrence F Clark.
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Me: wiping the laugh off my face... and turning it into a nice wide grin

THAT is awesome
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:12 PM
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How about Bonham playing the seat cushion of his throne (although not really an instrument, if its even true) on Ramble On. Maybe, supposedly....anyone got any insights on that?
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:30 PM
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HURDY GURDY - Arcade Fire, MIC STAND BASE "clink" on Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang", CROWBAR HITTING FLOOR on "Dancing In The Streets" by Martha & Vandellas, FOOTSTOMPS and CHAINS on other Motown, at-times out-of-tempo TRIANGLE on Marketts' "Out Of Limits", EMPTY ASHTRAY by Hal Blaine on Dean Martin's "Houston", KAZOOS on "Johnny Get Angry", CLAVIOLINE on "Telstar".

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How about Bonham playing the seat cushion of his throne (although not really an instrument, if its even true) on Ramble On. Maybe, supposedly....anyone got any insights on that?
I always wondered about that sound. I don't know at all but to me it sounded like his hands on his thighs under his jeans. But the throne is a very plausible angle too.
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The sitar on many Beatles or other recordings.
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:04 AM
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Watching Jeff Lynn’s ELO at Wembly... one of the backup singer/musicians was playing a Fire Extinquisher for the clank, clank, clank... in Mr. Blue Sky
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:29 AM
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Fire bell on Penny Lane by the Beatles
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:16 AM
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The bagpipes on AC/DC's "Its a long way to the top"

I also have one of those brake drums, given to me by another drummer. Sounds fantastic.
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:59 AM
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Gene Hoglan said in an interview in MD like 20 years ago that he had an ashtray mounted on a stand because he like it's sound. He also said, and I'm paraphrasing, "I'd play a car door if it sounded good".
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Old 08-13-2018, 06:14 PM
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How about all of the odds and ends Jamie Muir played on King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic?

This link is apparently verbatim from the liner notes: https://www.reddit.com/r/KingCrimson...n_jamie_muirs/.

A bowl of pistachio-nut shells for crying out loud; doesn't get more unusual than that.
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:45 PM
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Steel Drums on Steve Perry's When You're in Love (For the first Time) which is a very tasty soulful song.

It's probably a synth, but meant to sound like Steel drums.

I'm not a Parrothead, but I imagine Jimmy Buffet has a number of songs with Steel Drums?
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:32 PM
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The cymbal stand itself at the beginning of The Breeders' "Cannonball."
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I really dig the horn section on Avenged Sevenfold's "Sunny Disposition".
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Boiling pan of water on Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds that sounds like a metal cylinder unscrewing. Really eerie if you've ever heard the album.
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Old 09-01-2018, 11:08 PM
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SqueezeBox

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Old 09-02-2018, 11:40 PM
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How about all of the odds and ends Jamie Muir played on King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic?

This link is apparently verbatim from the liner notes: https://www.reddit.com/r/KingCrimson...n_jamie_muirs/.

A bowl of pistachio-nut shells for crying out loud; doesn't get more unusual than that.
This may win the thread as far as Im concerned Beatdat. A bowl of pistachios....why not!
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On a (?) Simon and Garfunkel recording, Hal Blaine played chains.

Does that count?
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Old 09-03-2018, 06:31 PM
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Boiling pan of water on Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds that sounds like a metal cylinder unscrewing. Really eerie if you've ever heard the album.
Back in high school, a performer during the yearly talent show played tubular bells and placed some large bowls of water under them - the sound he got could also be described as "eerie". Definitely something I'd never heard before.

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This may win the thread as far as Im concerned Beatdat. A bowl of pistachios....why not!
I'm left wondering if it was just the shells or the actually pistachios. If just the shells, were the pistachios eaten first?

I'd like to know where on the album they were played. I'll take a closer listen to it in the next few days, but if anyone knows for sure, let us know.

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On a (?) Simon and Garfunkel recording, Hal Blaine played chains.

Does that count?
Of course it counts! It was Hal Blaine after all.
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I have seen a few do it, but the first was Stanton Moore, turned his snare over and rubbed the stick back and forth quickly on the snares.
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