Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by elgreco, Aug 18, 2016.
The guitars in Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men"
This is a great song (and a great album).
I think the OP confused many as to what the prompt was. This song clearly has the chorus sung by Fagen. Yeah the horn part is catchy, but in no way the chorus. "Birthday" could be an example.
So then we're looking for songs in which an instrumental section totally replaces the chorus. Got it. Thanks.
With the exception of Blue Monday, most replies list songs with a catchy instrumental hook.
On "I.G.Y", the horn part and the sung "what a beautiful world..." are equally catchy.
Striking as the organ on "Like A Rolling Stone" is, it is only the equal of the "how does it feel" vocal.
(coincidentally New Order's own "how does it feel" on "Blue Monday" is indeed only secondary to the instrumental hooks)
On "Land Of A Thousand Dances", as qwerty noted, we have a sung line like a musical instrument, that's the exact opposite of "Baker Street".
Interesting thread, as I'm struggling to find "another" Baker Street.
Thanks, Monosterio (and Mr Sam), for bringing this up. To make things clear - yes, I am looking for songs with a fully instrumental chorus. Songs where the hook IS the chorus, in other words where the actual chorus is played by an instrument only, with no vocal part involved. Which means that songs like The final countdown and A whiter shade (and most of those riff-heavy songs) don't count, because those songs have a chorus that is sung by the lead singer.
Admittedly, those songs are great examples of where the instrumental hook makes the song stand out on the radio, but I am specifically looking for songs where an instrument comes in at the point where the chorus is supposed to start and, on first listen, you might expect the lead singer to start singing the refrain of the song.
There are a lot of songs that come close, like Who can it be now, where the saxophone plays a big role, but the actual chorus (the title in this case) is sung. Also, there's a lot of songs in which it's not clear what the actual chorus is, like Sultans of swing and Torch. For Torch you could argue that the part 'He's searching, she's showing' is the bridge that leads up to the instrumental chorus, but you could also state that the vocal part near the end (see her eyes, they are bright tonight...) is the actual chorus. So that's a tough one.
So up to now I think very few suggestions fit the actual criteria. Maybe Pantagruel's nativity would count, methinks. And maybe Big log, since that songs doesn't seem to have an actual chorus, but the guitar parts could be considered as such.
Maybe I should have left the word 'hook' off the hook... Just think along the lines of Baker street.
War -- "Low Rider"
Madonna - Live To Tell
Yeah, the part that threw me off is "hook OR chorus" in the title. Thanks for clarifying.
Low rider is a pretty good example of what I'm looking for, so I think you've got it. Hopefully your example will enlighten others as well.
Smoke On The Water
Nope, since the song has a vocal chorus. Sure, the riff makes it stand out, but I'm after songs where the actual chorus (not necessarily the same as the hook of the riff) is played by an instrument, with no singing involved at all.
Again - think Baker street.
Mungo Jerry "In the Summertime"
How about these two Wings-songs:
Old Siam, Sir
Mickey and Sylvia - Love Is Strange immediately comes to mind
My Sharona is an interesting tune. That bridge is like a different and much, much better song.
Jimi Hendrix -- 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
I'm in doubt about Jethro Tull's "No Lullaby".
The flute appears every time after Ian sings "so I'll sing you no lullaby".
What about The Cure - Lullabye?
Two songs by McCartney which have a somewhat similar vibe: Rinse the Raindrops and Nod Your Head
For me, the hook in The Weight is that piano run before the chorus starts. If you listen to the version with the Staples, you miss that little run, even though Mavis really gets down.
Many songs by Led Zeppelin.
If I understand the OP correctly, "Baker Street" and "Pictures of Matchstick Men" are perfect examples -- the singer sings the title or maybe even the chorus, but the song's primary hook is provided by an instrument. "Walk This Way," "Band of Gold," and "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" might also qualify.
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