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Alternative Instruments used on hit records

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Regular ones being Keyboards, piano, drums, bass and guitar:

 

I'll start with Bobby McFerrin using the voice as his backing "instruments". Hit record being don't worry be happy.

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Liverpool Kop featured on a Pink Floyd track.

 

Its a different choir.

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Pink Floyd again, a bicycle bell.

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Bicyle bell again, Queen.

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Pink Floyd again, cash register.

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The Troggs version of Wild Thing features an ocarina solo.

Peter Frampton uses a talkbox on Show Me The Way.

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Judas Priest's track Metal Gods features sounds created by dropping cutlery on a stone floor and swinging a billiard cue round amongst others

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The beginning of Telstar by The Tornadoes is the noise of a toilet being flushed played backwards. But then Joe Meek tended to do things like that

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Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Boxer' features bass harmonica.

 

There is a Theremin used on The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations'.

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There's a Stylophone on Space Oddity by David Bowie.

 

Goldfrapp are also quite fond of using the theremin.

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Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Boxer' features bass harmonica.

 

There is a Theremin used on The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations'.

Is it a Theremin or a Tannerin?

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Is it a Theremin or a Tannerin?

I thought it was a Theremin, but some say it was a Tannerin. 

 

Googling 'what the hell is a tannerin anyway?' comes up with something a bit more easily controllable than a Theremin, and reminiscent more of a smaller, simplified Ondes Martenot.

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I thought it was a Theremin, but some say it was a Tannerin. 

 

Googling 'what the hell is a tannerin anyway?' comes up with something a bit more easily controllable than a Theremin, and reminiscent more of a smaller, simplified Ondes Martenot.

They all sound the same. I'm not sure it matters.

The fact of the matter is, "Good Vibrations" is a cracking tune.

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A tin tray is battered into submission on Spider Stacy's head for 'Waxie's Dargle' by the Pogues.

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Flute - pretty much everything Jethro Tull ever recorded.

 

Bagpipes - 'Mull of Kintyre' and (lest we forget),

by B.A.Robertson, with John Gordon Sinclair and the Scotland Football squad.

 

Tuba - The Night they drove old Dixie down, by The Band.

 

Cardboard boxes - Tusk, by Fleetwood Mac.

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Piccolo trumpet on Penny Lane - The Beatles

And also on

by Fishbone (right at the end).

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Harpsichord - Golden Brown, by the Stranglers.

 

Electric Violin - Baba O'Reilly, by the Who.

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