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Alternative Instruments used on hit records

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That's pretty much all I can recall offhand, but there are doubtless many many more. So I did a little Googling. Some of these tripped my memory, some were new to me.

 

Balalaika - used by Boney M and Camper van Beethoven. Not often they appear in the same sentence!

 

Hurdy Gurdy - Gallows Pole, by Led Zep.

 

Penny Whistle - You can call me Al, by Paul Simon.

 

Ondes Martenot - Radiohead have, perhaps unsurprisingly, used this from time to time.

 

Spoons - Soundgarden used these in, er, 'Spoonman'.

 

Comb & Paper - Crosstown Traffic.

 

Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield... I forget the name of the record. :P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course

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Einstürzende Neubauten certainly used drills and sledgehammers in their live "show" - a famous one being at the Hacienda

I thought it was DAF that did that?

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

 

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

The Theremin on "Good Vibrations" is probably the most obvious example.

Can we include the stylophone used on Orbital's "Style"? I think that was a hit (low reaches of the chart etc).

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Adge Cutler occasionally used to have a chicken on stage when he played on the local tv news show. I'm not sure it made any positive contributions to the music but it was the protototype rock chick.

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I remember Lindisfarne's Ray Laidlaw playing a big bass drum with a rubber fish on TOTP (or maybe Whistle Test).

Yeah, sure you did.  :tongue:

 

Good crop of mushrooms that year was there?  ;)

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Flute - pretty much everything Jethro Tull ever recorded.

 

Ian Anderson played an instrument call a claghorn on, I think, Dharma For One on their debut album, This Was. If I remember correctly it was made from a bamboo flute body with a saxaphone mouthpiece taped to one end and a toy trumpet bell to the other.

Just found a video from the 40th anniversary tour (claghorn from 1:40 minutes)

 

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Midipipes on loads of Runrig tracks, plus the Hampden Park Crowd on "Loch Lomond".

 

 

The Great Highland Pipes are used as a rock instrument in one Runrig track (the name of which escapes me at the moment).

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