Songs with an awesome "a capella" bit right before the last chorus

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Surprised I'm not able to think of more examples of this offhand, this is one of my favorite tropes in pop music

I put "a capella" in quotes because there's often drums or bass or something, but often everything else drops out. Doesn't have to be before the last chorus either, I just put that in because that's usually where it is. Here are two examples:

Gentle Giant - Free Hand (live)
https://youtu.be/vMrYSTzqFI8?t=3m45s

Yasuyuki Okamura - Young Oh! Oh!
https://youtu.be/D58OAZ0VkAg?t=3m1s

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frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:16 (one week ago) Permalink

love this part in 'never been any reason'

dynamicinterface, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:27 (one week ago) Permalink

You're My Only One by Cadallaca, the great 90s Corin Tucker Sarah Dougher album.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Pumpkins to thread:

Silverfuck (around 6.10: bang bang you're dead)

XYU (around 4.00: AND IN THE EYES OF THE JACKAL I SAY KABOOM)

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Repeated the trick on 'Don't Bring Me Down' too.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Raspberries' "Overnight Sensation" pwns this

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:57 (one week ago) Permalink

the "transistor-radio" mix punch in at 3:05 (which, granted, is not strictly a cappella since the guitar is still out front in the mix) is one of my favorite pop music moments

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:00 (one week ago) Permalink

There haven't been many posts to this thread and it is still shameful and embarrassing that En Vogue hasn't been posted yet:

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Monday, 20 March 2017 16:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Bboys "sloop john b" is a great one

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Bboys "sloop john b" is a great one

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:11 (one week ago) Permalink

the "transistor-radio" mix punch in at 3:05 (which, granted, is not strictly a cappella since the guitar is still out front in the mix) is one of my favorite pop music moments


oh yeah that's nice

There haven't been many posts to this thread and it is still shameful and embarrassing that En Vogue hasn't been posted yet:

good one but I can only think of this

frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:22 (one week ago) Permalink

^^ meant to say, that's a good one, quote function is kinda weird if you're quoting multiple things I guess

There haven't been many posts to this thread and it is still shameful and embarrassing that En Vogue hasn't been posted yet:

good one but I can only think of this

frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:23 (one week ago) Permalink

lol @ me

with En Vogue I can only think of this

frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:23 (one week ago) Permalink

multixpost to myself, they also did it on 'Rockaria!' too, probably on other stuff I've missed.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:26 (one week ago) Permalink

omg frogbs, that is the best

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Monday, 20 March 2017 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

lmao

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Pumpkins to thread

"The Everlasting Gaze" came to mind first.

billstevejim, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Are we counting only distinct "bits," and not a capella renditions of the chorus, followed by the full band kicking back in for the final go-round? I'm thinking of the robot doo-wop group that shows up in Eric Carmen's "Make Me Lose Control" to deliver their pinched, alien, fascinating version of the chorus before BIG COLLINS-STYLE DRUMS call the rest of the arrangement back into existence. I'm sure the intended effect is something similar to the "Sloop John B" bridge, but compositionally it's a different animal.

tales of a scorched-earth nothing (Doctor Casino), Monday, 20 March 2017 18:28 (one week ago) Permalink

more pumpkins :)

5:12

2:46

flappy bird, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:33 (one week ago) Permalink

/Pumpkins to thread/

"The Everlasting Gaze" came to mind first.

I think every SP1 album has at least one of these... drawing a blank on Adore, though.

flappy bird, Monday, 20 March 2017 19:57 (one week ago) Permalink

2:39

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 20 March 2017 21:31 (one week ago) Permalink

An absolute doozy here from the former Coil man: https://youtu.be/gbgX58t7WrY

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Monday, 20 March 2017 21:59 (one week ago) Permalink

2:49

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 20 March 2017 22:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Think there are a couple of others on O & O actually.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 20 March 2017 22:04 (one week ago) Permalink

The bit at 2:29 is the best. It's only one bar, but I love it.

DJI, Monday, 20 March 2017 22:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Ah, thought of another example: The Tangent - "In Darkest Dreams", which actually does this in the context of a prog epic (~18 mins in)

https://youtu.be/Cfzchg1VNtk?t=18m6s

frogbs, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Not completely a capella [has tambourine] and super obvious but 'Dance To The Music'

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:26 (one week ago) Permalink

nah that's exactly what I'm looking for

frogbs, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm not really the first person to include this by The Doobie Brothers, am I?

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:37 (one week ago) Permalink

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Heard this at the dentist yesterday. Does have some bass with the a capella bit

that's not my post, Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:52 (six days ago) Permalink

Joan Jett - I Hate Myself For Loving You

Joan Jett - I Love Rock and Roll

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:19 (six days ago) Permalink

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name

Both with percussion but yeah.

Sushi and the Banchan (Spectrist), Friday, 24 March 2017 15:21 (five days ago) Permalink

1:55 or so. I know ppl hate her/this schtick but whatever this song is good

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 March 2017 15:31 (five days ago) Permalink


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