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OK, might be a bit specialised, but I've been idly thinking over the last few days about songs that contain sound effects. For some reason, I often find them funny.

 

SONGS WITH A SIREN

I thought of Blockbuster by The Sweet, and The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace. Then this morning, I happened to play Indiana Wants Me by R Dean Taylor (newly acquired R Dean Taylor compilation won in last night's quiz) which has a marvellous sirenic burst.

 

Does The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde have a siren? Or Ma Baker by Boney M? Any others?

 

SONGS WITH A STORM

This whole train of thought was inspired by hearing The Tower by Chris De Burgh (pre-Lady In Red, pre-nanny), which has a hilarious burst of thunder that makes me laugh every time. There is also I Can't Stand The Rain by Eruption.

 

THE SOUND OF THE SEA

Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) - Shangri- las and, I think, Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay. Must be others.

 

Any others in these - or indeed other - categories? Or is it just me?

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I'm not at home to check these but one of the tracks on Oxygene (or it might be Equinoxe, been a long time since I played either) by Jean Michel Jarre has a storm, as does Exit from the album Exit, by Tangerine Dream.

 

TD also put a steam train in the middle of 'Force Majeure'.

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Pretty much everything produced by Joe Meek or George 'Shadow' Morton was overloaded with sound effects of one form or another. The latter, obviously, had a brief obsession with revving motorbikes - viz 'Leader of the Pack' by (once again) The Shangri-Las.

 

The Ruts' classic 'Babylon's Burning' kicks off with a police car siren, if that's any good to ya.

 

Love Unlimited's 'Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love' inevitably provided several bursts of showers in the background, and was also bolstered by a telephone effect supplied by group 'mentor' (ie he probably shagged them all) Barry 'Walrus of Love' White.

 

On the subject of sea-dwelling creatures, the soon-to-return Kate Bush had a bunch of whale noises at the start of 'The Kick Inside' all those aeons ago...

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Some good responses.

 

Riders On The Storm - of course. And Walking In The Rain With The One I Love is a double whammy. The clearly irritated boyfriend right in the middle of something is interrupted by soppy girlfriend telling him it's raining. Yeh, yeh, get off the phone.

 

Actually, songs using telephones was another category I started brainstorming the other day, having also listened to Donna by 10CC. Then of course there's Hangin' On The Telephone by Blondie. Must be more.

 

Where's MFJ when you need him?

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Or songs with answering machines? 'Is Vic There?' by Department S and Landscape's 'Einstein a Go Go' come to mind. Then of course there's 'Hello This is Joannie' the sicko 'answering machine song' by Paul Evans.

 

The Butthole Surfers tie together two threads in one with their '21 Going On 22' - a track that features extracts from a radio 'phone in show...

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I actually possess the single of Telephone Man, and am sorry to hear Meri is no longer with us. I don't believe it actually has any phonic effects. Neither does Telephone Line, although Jeff Lynne does use instrumentation to impersonate a phone in the intro.

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Where's MFJ when you need him?

 

Sorry! I was meeting Kingsley Royal and Steve Sidewell. And I'm extremely busy today - just off to a meeting somewhere off the North Circular - so will merely say that I will give this some thought.

 

Before I go - "Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades and "Flowers in the Rain" by the Move both featured storms - well, rain, anyway. And I think ELO's Telephone Line did feature a phone ringing.

 

Back tomorrow...

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Sorry! I was meeting Kingsley Royal and Steve Sidwell.

 

Explain? Under what circumstances did you meet Reading's legendary mascot and the player voted "Best Player Outside The Premiership"?

 

(Although surely the "Best Player Outside The Premiership" is Ronaldinho.)

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I actually possess the single of Telephone Man, and am sorry to hear Meri is no longer with us. I don't believe it actually has any phonic effects. Neither does Telephone Line, although Jeff Lynne does use instrumentation to impersonate a phone in the intro.

 

Sounds like a phone to me Bill!

 

If there was no actual phone on Telephone Man, then she certainly did it with her lips. It went Blrrrb Blrrrrrb didn't it?

 

Funeral For A Friend by Elton John had a storm on it I believe.

 

Anyway what is a "phonic effect" if not a noise that sound like a telephone? ;)

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Explain? Under what circumstances did you meet Reading's legendary mascot and the player voted "Best Player Outside The Premiership"?

 

My 7yo son is in the "Sevens" scheme, open to all who have their 7th birthday during the course of this season. We were invited to the MadStad last night for the presentation of an exclusive shirt and 2 free tickets for a forthcoming game of our choice. Kingsley was there - and I got my photo taken with him - and Steve S was presenting the shirts. My boys got their photo taken with Steve.

 

More songs with sounds affects:-

 

Back In The USSR - The Beatles

The Wheels Ain't Coming Down - Slade

 

- both feature the sound of an aeroplane.

 

Saigon - Billy Joel - helicopter sound

 

Football crowd noises appear on:

 

Give Us A Goal - Slade

Fearless - Pink Floyd

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Great record - definitely in my Top Ten of 'mawk' hits. (Apparently, Harry Nilsson was 'accused' of being Jimmy Cross at one point, which seriously teed him off no end...)

 

'Down in the Tube Station at Midnight' by The Jam and 'Tube Disasters' by Flux of Pink Indians both contain the sound effect of an, umm...what is it again..?

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As for the Dido song, well - she's only done 'the one', hasn't she..?

 

How about 'laugh tracks' on records? I recall The Barron Knights used to put the clunkiest of laughter on their singles, presumably to point out where we should chuckle. Cockney Rebel did so to more sublime effect on their fabby 'Mr Raffles'...

 

And there must be others out there.

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