This song is better because of X.

Discussion in 'Movies, TV and Music' started by Unorthodox Yank, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. Unorthodox Yank

    Feb 27, 2001
    Constant Flux
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am making a list.

    A list of musical elements that, when added to songs, INSTANTLY make the song better than it would be otherwise.

    Inagural additions to this list:

    - Maracas/Shakers of any kind.
    - Group vocals. The bigger the better.
    - Hand claps
    - The screaming out of an instrument in the band's lineup before the solo of said instrument.

    Please feel free to add your own.
     
  2. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Three-part harmony.
    A theramin.
    An organ solo.
     
  3. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Slide guitars
    Wah wah pedals
    Unusual drumbeats
    Produced by Spector, Lillywhite or Eno
     
  4. Ombak

    Ombak Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 19, 1999
    Irvine, CA
    Club:
    Flamengo Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
  5. chad

    chad Member+

    Jun 24, 1999
    Manhattan Beach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    whistling.
     
  6. Helghallen

    Helghallen Member
    Staff Member

    Apr 16, 2003
    Raymore, MO
    Cowbell. I've got a fever. And it can only be cured by more cowbell.
     
  7. Unorthodox Yank

    Feb 27, 2001
    Constant Flux
    Club:
    --other--
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    I decided before posting that i was gonna give rep to whoever was the first to post this.

    but sadly, i need to spread it around.

    Consider yourself invisi-repped.
     
  8. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    mokum
    Club:
    AFC Ajax

    dammit, you bastard! beat me to the precious music of the heffer
     
  9. Michael K.

    Michael K. Member

    Mar 3, 1999
    There or Thereabouts
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Spoken word interlude.
     
  10. Mad_Bishop

    Mad_Bishop Member

    Oct 11, 2000
    Columbia, MO
    steel guitars
    hammond B3
     
  11. Labdarugo

    Labdarugo Member

    Dec 3, 2000
    Downwind
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  12. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    harmonica
    ukelelee
     
  13. spejic

    spejic Cautionary example

    Mar 1, 1999
    San Rafael, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Anvil.
    That giant sheet metal thing classical orchestras use to make a thunder sound.
    Samples of speeches of genocidal dictators and/or soundbites from the movie Aliens.
    Guitar as percussive instrument.
    Choruses singing in Latin.
     
  14. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    Bongos. Bongos can make a good song a classic, and a mediocre song somewhat tolerable.

    Basically, any type of hand percussion instrument, including cowbells, improves the sound by at least 17 percent.
     
  15. sardus_pater

    sardus_pater Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Sardinia Italy EU
    Club:
    Cagliari Calcio
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    A well developed harmony, clever counterbeats and clever dissonances. An impressive bass line.
     
  16. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Soaring dual-harmony guitar leads and/or arpeggios.
     
  17. yossarian

    yossarian Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Big City Blinking
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Tin whistle or a pan-flute?
     
  18. Unorthodox Yank

    Feb 27, 2001
    Constant Flux
    Club:
    --other--
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    United States
    Another addition under the "extra percussion" category would have to be
    Sleigh bells.
     
  19. Rambler

    Rambler New Member

    May 6, 2003
    The Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooog
     
  20. bmurphyfl

    bmurphyfl Member

    Jun 10, 2000
    VT
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Trumpet. In fact any horn besides a saxaphone improves a song. Saxaphone works the other way.

    A half-second silent pause just before a hook is always good too.
     
  21. Gordon EF

    Gordon EF Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Edinburgh
  22. Dolemite

    Dolemite Member+

    Apr 2, 2001
    East Bay, Ca
    every lover of banda knows that a good song needs a tuba and an accordian.
     
  23. amerifolklegend

    amerifolklegend New Member

    Jul 21, 1999
    Oakley, America
    The Vibra-Slap.
     
  24. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    that steel guitar is hot


    but you gotta have a fiddle in a band
     
  25. Michael K.

    Michael K. Member

    Mar 3, 1999
    There or Thereabouts
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

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