What's the wucka-wucka percussion on Give Peace Chance?

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  1. burntprairie

    burntprairie Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Rather annoying sound I think.
     
  2. Digital-G

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    The whole recording doesn't sound too great. Pretty sure it was recorded in the hotel room during the bed-in though. I have no clue what the percussion sound is.
     
  3. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Senior Member

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    Lennon was trying to invent hip-hop.
     
  4. rewind1964

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    I always thought it was the sound of folks hitting a bed.
    Honest!!!
     
  5. MikeP5877

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    In all seriousness though, here is what John had to say during the Andy Peebles BBC interview 12/6/80:
    So there you go - "bo-boom, bo-boom", not "ba, ba".

    Works for me.
     
  6. foxylady

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    I've read somewhere they did it with telephone books, banging them on the floor or something.
     
  7. bumbletort

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    That in fact would be the Wucka Wucka, an obscure percussion instrument on which Yoko was virtuoso. Takes hours to tune, so I've heard.
     
  8. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

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    He actually brought an ensemble of Hare Krishna drummers into the studio to re-record the percussion. The new mix was the release.
     
  9. Pawnmower

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    Fozzy Bear?
     
  10. bumbletort

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    Well, that would be getting into the origins of the Wucka Wucka, you understand, and somewhat beyond the constraints of a simple internet post...but, while I'm in a mood to expound, I'd like to add a very interesting fact about the Wucka Wucka in question. You see, it was recentently determined this Wucka Wucka was later doubled in London by none other than...Ringo Starr! Thus bringing this opus closer to actual Beatleality than many had previously assumed.
     
  11. Pibroch

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    I'm not familiar with the recording, but lots of Beatles songs have a tambourine that has a really cheap sound to it, that sound like knives being beaten together or something.
     
  12. pdenny

    pdenny 17-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    A "wucka wucka" sound for a "sucka sucka" song. :angel:
     
  13. Colocally

    Colocally One Of The New Wave Boys

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    Who cares what is sounds like, it is what it stands for that matters.
     
  14. Pibroch

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    No, that would be "Wakka Wakka".
     
  15. burntprairie

    burntprairie Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yeah, but then didn't Paul erase it and overdub his own?
     
  16. bumbletort

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    Why yes he did!...but...and it's an important--a crucial--BUT...Paul incorporated Ringo's arrangement nuances into his own renditional overdouble. So you see, the Beatleality grows...the only missing element is George.

    Research proceeds.
     
  17. John54

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    It really does sound like they're jumping up and down on the bed, unless they managed to drag a trampoline into the room. (I think a DJ once made the comment about jumping on the bed and it's stayed in my unconscious for 40 years)

    But that doesn't really jibe with the 1-2-3-space rhythms ...
     
  18. mfp

    mfp Forum Resident

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    Actually those were Bibles, later replaced by other books in a recording studio to avoid giving the song a religious connotation.
     
  19. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

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    That's funny.
     
  20. jacksondownunda

    jacksondownunda Well-Known Member

    I'm intrigued by the 'post-production echo' in #5. That was a pretty good idea. I don't have access to a youtube of it at the moment, so it would be interesting to see what matches up (and even then film might be synched to finished version anyway).

    I have to laugh because the pressing I had upon release had a rather spectacular warp in it (as did several others'), and I recall watching the disc, hearing the 'wucka-wucka', and trying to decide if one had anything to do with the other!
     
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