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Alternative Instruments used on hit records

Excluding the regular ones

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#21 Ex-Kirkholt

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:09 AM

Melodica - Augustus Pablo - many hits in Jamaica


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#22 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:18 AM

Flute - pretty much everything Jethro Tull ever recorded.

 

Bagpipes - 'Mull of Kintyre' and (lest we forget), We have a Dream 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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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:18 AM

"The Legend of Xanadu" by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich has a whip!

#24 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:27 AM



Piccolo trumpet on Penny Lane - The Beatles

And also on Sunless Saturday by Fishbone (right at the end).


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#25 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:31 AM

Harpsichord - Golden Brown, by the Stranglers.

 

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


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#26 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:35 AM

Didgeridoo - Treaty by Yothu Yindi.


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#27 Griff9of13

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:40 AM

Didgeridoo - Treaty by Yothu Yindi.

 

And This Garden by The Levelers


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#28 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:22 PM

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 


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#29 Padge

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:25 PM

On Led Zeppelins Bron-Y-Aur stomp John Bonham played spoons and castanets and John Paul Jones played on an acoustic five-string fretless bass



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#30 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:27 PM

There is a crowbar used in 'Dancing in the Street' by Martha & the Vandellas! :O 


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#31 Padge

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:43 PM

Led Zeppelin used a mandolin on Going to California, Battle of Evermore, Boogie With Stu, Black Country Woman and Hey Hey What Can I Do.



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#32 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:50 PM

Led Zeppelin used a mandolin on Going to California, Battle of Evermore, Boogie With Stu, Black Country Woman and Hey Hey What Can I Do.

And, of course, John Peel mimed the mandolin when Rod Stewart did 'Maggie May' on TotP, much to the annoyance of the Musician's Union.


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#33 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:53 PM

Roy Wooten, aka 'Futureman' from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, plays all the band's drums on a SynthAxe.


Edited by Futtocks, 02 September 2013 - 12:53 PM.

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#34 JohnM

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:00 PM

Stan Kenton was enamoured with the Mellophonium.

 

Rahsaan Roland Kirk   played  manzanello, strich, nose flute. often all at the same time.

 

LInsey Pollak has some good ideas, too. http://linseypollak....ss/instruments/


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#35 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:08 PM

Pat Metheney has been known to play the Pikasso, for reasons best known to himself.

 

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#36 JohnM

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:32 PM

bleedin' ell!!!

 

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:03 PM

Hose and funnel on "I'm the Urban Spaceman".


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:07 PM

Electric Light Orchestra had a cellist and a violinist in their regular recording and live line up for years, the latter appearing on most if not all of their biggest hits.

 

I thought there might be a sitar on 'My Sweet Lord' by George Harrison, as he was very much into his Indian musical influences, ol' George, but according to Wikipedia, that particular song doesn't use a sitar, but does have a zither on it.


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#39 Futtocks

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:09 PM



Hose and funnel on "I'm the Urban Spaceman".

Trivia: the Bonzos nicked the idea from Dennis Brain, who performaed a Mozart Concerto on the hose and funnel at one of the Hoffnung Music Festival Concerts.


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#40 JohnM

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:13 PM

Nowyatalkin'!!  Gerard Hoffnung!  All London police stations display a red light. Ignore all Keep left signs, they are merely political slogans.  And Dennis Brain: the Rondo from Motzart's 4th Horn Concerto was my party piece as well as his.


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