What’s the most unusual or suprising sound in a song?

DavGrape

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My first amp was a Gibson with a nice spring reverb.
Moved it once, turned on; and plunked it down.
SPLASH!
"That's it! That's the sound! The ending of Highway Star!"
 

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Unusual, surprising, and really, really irritating....

The "clinker" at the end of Foreigner's Hot Blooded solo.

It can not possibly have been intentional... was the band so broke they couldn't afford a 2nd take? Did the producer really hate Jones?
 

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Unusual, surprising, and really, really irritating....

The "clinker" at the end of Foreigner's Hot Blooded solo.

It can not possibly have been intentional... was the band so broke they couldn't afford a 2nd take? Did the producer really hate Jones?
no, they intentionally left it in for whatever reason. they could easily punch in one note on even shitty consoles at that time. Unless they used somebodys uncles radio cart machine or some such shit to record the album, it would have cost very little to fix
 

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It authenticates the tenacity of the solo.
 

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How far forward the penny whistle and bassoon are in Smokey’s “Tears of a Clown.”
 

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All through this song:

The humming intro by Donovan.
The tremolo voice by Donovan
The fuzzy guitar of Jimmy Page.
The oriental "noises" at 0:38 and more.
The bass along the guitar solo.

 

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Another multi-sound one:

The "Ahh" intro.
The tremolo guitar.
The "airy" reverb feel throughout the song.
The "cut" at 1:57 !!!
The slide guitar followed by the wah guitar.
The fuzzy guitar at 3:02.
The subsequent "interlude" !
The full tremolo outro at 4:21.

Lots of experimentation.
Good times!

 

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Maybe not unusual but it really got my blood going every time I heard it!

The siren at 2:52

 

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you heard a sound from that in a SuperTramp song in the 1980s. something off of breakfast in america iirc.
 

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Okay you just have to hear it.... First time I was like...wtf (at around 36 sec but you need to hear it together) :rofl:
Than part 3 starts with a organ and beautiful guitar than at about 1 minute ....:applause:
 

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The intro on Motorhead «Heros» sounds really Cool
 

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Various beeps and clicks on songs. I'm never sure if those were some kind of track "clicks/prompts" that they forgot to remove before the final cut or what.
 

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The slide riff/hook on How Soon is Now (combine with the tremolo rhythm)...


Jimi's note heard 'round the world in Machine Gun (fuzz face and univibe sounded like nothing heard before).

 

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The theremin in the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" was pretty weird.
For the longest time I thought that was a woman. I just told my wife the other day that it wasn’t and she didn’t believe me.
 

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