Thursday, February 16, 2006

Joe's "bit of a song"

JoeinVegas raised a really great point, that sometimes we not only like songs but like specific bits of songs.

Hmm... Well, I'm a sucker for any laughter on tracks (generally unintentional), so I would heartily agree with the Janis Joplin chuckle. I would also proffer the more bittersweet laugh in "Fighting Talk" by Everything But The Girl; and a track from the third Lloyd Cole album, Mainstream (I think "Sean Penn Blues") that also features a chuckle inbetween the verses.

For other classic bits you have to have that wonderful feedback sound at the start of "I Feel Fine" by The Beatles. And I know I keep harping on, but the final harmony at the end of the Beeb version of "To Know Her is To Love Her" by The Beatles always melts my heart.

I also have a profound love for the live version of "Common People" by Pulp that was recorded at Glastonbury '95 (on the Mishapes version of the Mishapes/Sorted for E's and Whizz single): not least because of the way Jarvis exhorts the band to "take it down" - first saying it quietly, and then, when they clearly haven't obeyed, he makes it a real instruction. Oooh, makes me go all dithery!

What else? Anything where strings sweep in, especially in pop. That definitely means the entry of the cello to Michael Andrews' version of "Mad World" from the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Gratuitous use of strings? I'm there for it.

Crescendos also get me in the zone of joy: there's a crackingly prog-rock bit in Orbital's "The Box" (1996 single - I think it's the third section) where it goes very quiet and tinkly - hey, check out my musicological language! - and then very loud, almost like a church organ crashing in. Oh, and talking of organs and crescendos, GodSpeedYouBlackEmperor are the Gods of crescendo.

Better get off. I may try and link these but Cloud calls me for my tea!

10 comments:

c&v said...

I love the bit at the end of Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi when she laughs... but not the bit at the end of a Rufus Wainwright track on Want when he laughs - he sounds like Beavis &/or Butthead on helium

HolyhosesRob said...

I've always loved the way the guitar solo rises out of the mix on Bob Dylan's "New Morning." The whole song has a shambolic, half-rehearsed feel (probably because it was), so it's as if the guitarists thinks, "Oh? It's me?"

Dylan laughed a lot on his early stuff, particularly in harmonica solos, but the killer has to be "115th Dream," in which he sings quite a lot of the first verse before realising that the band haven't started playing, and cracks up.

Paul Burgin said...

The opening bit to 5:15 by The Who and the Drum bit and Guitar Solo of Don't Stop Me Now by Queen does it for me

SimonHolyHoses said...

I like pedal notes in a section of a tune; notes that stay the same while the background music changes. A bit like the tale wagging the dog. Dunno why but it raises the hair on the back of my neck in a nice way.

It's always very interesting to hear what people like in music.

Just Jane said...

I am trying very hard not to mention 'Hide in your Shell' by Supertramp...the bit where it all builds up. *blushing*

And yes, the start of 5-15 is tremendous - she says desperately trying to claw back some credibiity.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

C&V - you are SOOOO right! I adore el Rufus, but that laugh of his is enough to drive me to distraction! It's just so... creepy?!

Paul said...

Try some of the old (live) Canned Heat cuts - great stuff !

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Let me take back something of what I said about el Rufus: perhaps QUIRKY is a better word, out of keeping, and yes a little bit Beavis&Butthead.

But it's an honest laugh and when he's performing live in front of you, it is far more endearing. It's just that recorded it sounds rather freakish!

Oh yeah, and the Dylan laugh on 115th Dream is brilliant. I was trying to think of that last night ("I thought I spied some land...")

JoeinVegas said...

So many songs I've never heard of - now where to find them?

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Joe = I think that is a plea for better links?

I'll try and address this!