Vocal songs where the actual hook or chorus is played by an instrument

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by elgreco, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Blaine Jacobs

    Blaine Jacobs Forum Resident

    Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise

    Has a couple bars for the hook before it segues into the keyboard chorus with minor ad libs.
     
  2. StereoMan56

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    Found another perfect one!

     
  3. Monosterio

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    Pavement's "Grounded"

    The chorus is the guitar section between 1:35 and 2:00, which repeats from 2:50 to 3:15.

     
  4. Monosterio

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    I was about to post this, then realized it's already here. This is an excellent example, IMO.
     
  5. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

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    A number of My Bloody Valentine songs qualify, e.g.:

     
  6. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

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    The hook of this one is half-instrumental, half-vocal ("oooooooh"):

     
  7. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

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    Staying on the "shoegaze" path, a number of Verve's early songs are rather impressionistic in structure; what hooks they have tend to be instrumental riffs.

     
  8. RichC

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    Others mentioned Dire Straits, but not the obvious one. The organ line in "Walk Of Life" IS the hook. There's a Part where the title is sung but is it the actual chorus? I would argue it's not nearly as catchy and doesn't drive the song the same way.
     
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  9. RichC

    RichC Forum Resident

    Not really, but that judge definitely agreed with you.
     
  10. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam "...don't look so good no more"

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    Agree !
    That said, even though the organ line IS the main hook, the "he do the walk/he do the walk of life" chorus remains closer to a "memorable" sung line than the vocals on "Baker Street".

    And by the way, before "Walk Of Life", there was "Industrial Disease" on the previous album: same kind of keyboard line. It would fit the bill even better, as the "goodness me could this be industrial disease" line is probably less remembered (versus the keyboard line) than the "he do the walk" part.
     
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  11. Monosterio

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    I think Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" works here. The song consists of three obvious verse sections, plus two other parts that one might take for the chorus, except that the words are nothing alike. So the only section that repeats is the guitar part at the beginning, middle and end of the song.
     
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  12. Tyler Chastain

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    I thought of these right away, especially the synth on Souvenir
     
  13. murrow1971

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    The One You Love- Glen Frey
     
  14. Monosterio

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    After looking over Zeppelin's catalog, I'm thinking they have a few songs that qualify for this thread -- and perhaps several. Two are from Physical Graffiti: "Houses of the Holy" and "The Wanton Song." And the third is "The Ocean," which might be disqualified by Plant's interjections during the "chorus."
     
  15. winopener

    winopener Forum Resident

    Think you can find many examples on Prog music, here's some that does qualify

    PFM Impressioni di Settembre (original single version)
     
  16. winopener

    winopener Forum Resident

    BMS Non mi rompete

     
  17. winopener

    winopener Forum Resident

    Orme Sguardo verso il cielo

     
  18. ViceDen

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    Quite a few OMD songs, particularly Enola Gay and my personal favourite, Messages.
     
  19. Bob J

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    I'd say this qualifies.

     
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  20. Marvin

    Marvin Forum Resident

    ELP's "Still You Turn Me On" would also be in this category.

    What about "21st Century Schizoid Man"?

    Perhaps Procol Harum's "Bringing Home the Bacon ."
     
  21. Hall Cat

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    The Association - "Never My Love" and "Everything That Touches You"
     
  22. StarDoG

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    Thin Lizzy .... Whiskey In The Jar..... ask people to hum it and most will hum the guitar motif...
     
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  23. mdent

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    Sweet Caroline....BA BA BAA! (Neil Diamond)

     
  24. Monosterio

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    As a reminder, the OP is looking for songs that have NO SUNG CHORUS. They would have a structure more or less like this:

    verse
    instrumental section (in place of sung chorus)
    verse
    repeated instrumental section
    verse
    repeated instrumental section
     
  25. Chazzbo13

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    I actually thought "Atomic" better fit the OP's quest...but both are excellent tunes...
     
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