It's ILX Hosting Fund Drive Time! You can DONATE NOW or discuss here

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

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

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

You???

frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

love this part in 'never been any reason'

dynamicinterface, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:27 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q_rBu6vp_w

kornrulez6969, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

Pumpkins to thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBiuJ4Pc0po

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhvrvVGh2hY

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNjrBUzXDJk

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

Raspberries' "Overnight Sensation" pwns this

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:57 (seven months 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s82ho7w9X6Q

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:00 (seven months 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIuYQ_4TcXg

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

Bboys "sloop john b" is a great one

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Bboys "sloop john b" is a great one

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:11 (seven months 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s82ho7w9X6Q

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIuYQ_4TcXg

good one but I can only think of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOqb_UzJSUQ

frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:22 (seven months 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIuYQ_4TcXg

good one but I can only think of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOqb_UzJSUQ

frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

lol @ me

with En Vogue I can only think of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOqb_UzJSUQ

frogbs, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfK8t4j7I64

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

omg frogbs, that is the best

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

lmao

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

Pumpkins to thread

"The Everlasting Gaze" came to mind first.

billstevejim, Monday, 20 March 2017 16:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OiSEr1-LYk

Dan Worsley, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:18 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink

more pumpkins :)

5:12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jryXCyvzDUQ

2:46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWJYaep-0sg

flappy bird, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:33 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink

2:49

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afrdo2qneoI

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 20 March 2017 22:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 20 March 2017 22:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAn3JdtSrnY

DJI, Monday, 20 March 2017 22:10 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

nah that's exactly what I'm looking for

frogbs, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-ljExHrDLY

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-3LuhQ5plU

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuN6gs0AJls

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

Joan Jett - I Hate Myself For Loving You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPkTGm4RtVM

Joan Jett - I Love Rock and Roll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL5spALs-eA

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

1:55 or so. I know ppl hate her/this schtick but whatever this song is good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYvABfWf6cM

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 March 2017 15:31 (six months ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.