Post by johnnywest on Mar 22, 2014 20:05:18 GMT -5
Not including edits made by countdown shows, I've noticed a few Top 40 songs that have glitches in them, whether intentional or not, but still sound like they could've been cleaned up before being released to the public.
For example, in "Glory of Love," there's a second toward the end when Peter Cetera's voice is sped up.
At one point in "Father Figure," it sounds like George Michael accidentally sang different words than what was being sung in the backup vocals.
At the end of the second verse in "99 Red Balloons," Nena's voice cracks when she sings, "99 red balloons go by."
In Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around," there's a second where the beat is off as if someone mixing the song had made a bad edit.
Lumidee's voice is off-key for most of "Never Leave You (Uh Oh)." I remember that Casey had done a story on why she sounded that way. I don't remember what it was but it wasn't for comedic effect.
There is a well-known example that predates AT40 by about 9 months: Sly and the Family Stone's #2 hit from the fall of 1969, "Hot Fun In the Summertime". About a minute into the song, right when a Family member is singing 'want' in the line "On cloud nine when I want to", there is a VERY noticeable dropout. This is where two different takes were rather clumsily spliced together.
On the Lumidee song, I think the backing track she originally sang over was changed before the song was mixed, resulting in a completely off key released version (at least that's the way I remember Casey telling it).
On the subject of off key recordings, the vocals in Club Nouveau's remake of "Lean On Me" are all over the map.
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2014 23:00:45 GMT -5 by mstgator
Post by 80sat40fan on Mar 23, 2014 12:33:26 GMT -5
A couple of mistakes...
* The drummer for The Ohio Players makes a mistake in "Love Rollercoaster" around the 3:55 mark of the album version. The bass drum is supposed to be played on one, the and of one, and three with the snare drum being played on the second and fourth beat of each measure (sorry if I sound like your former band teacher here). At one point, he plays the bass drum on one, the and of one and then two, then plays the snare drum on three. I think he figured this out as he played the bass drum on four, then one, the and of one and then the snare drum on two to get himself back on track. It always throws me for a little bit when I hear this, but I still love the tune.
* "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by the Police... after the first round of "Ee-Oh"s, Sting sings, "Every little thing she does is magic, magic, magic; magic, magic, magic" and then you hear him sing, "Mah" before the next round of Ohs and Ee-ohs. I love that song too and always get a chuckle when I hear the "Mah" towards the end of the song.
Now for a couple of mistakes or edits or I'm not really sure what went on...
* "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by The Temptations... at the 3:45 mark of the 7 minute version of the song and at about the 4:05 point, it sounds like someone is ready to sing but they cut it. At 3:45, you hear someone sing, "H..." and then a couple of beats later you hear, "Hey mama" like he maybe started singing too early. About 15 seconds after that, another singer sings, "Pa" before the group sings, "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". I thought maybe they were bad edits from the album version but the same thing occurs on the long version of 11 minutes and 30+ seconds.
* "That's The Way Of The World" by Earth, Wind & Fire... the guitar solo has to be one of the most abrupt endings ever featured on a Top 40 song. The guitar solo is going nicely, and at about the 3:15 mark, the chorus jumps in without the guitar player being able to finish his solo. It sounds like a bad edit but maybe this is how it was performed in the studio. Is there a super-long version of TTWOTW with a longer guitar solo?
* I never understood the single version introduction of "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & The Revolution. Having two different parts of the song going on at the same time was strange.
Post by bestmusicexpert on Mar 23, 2014 16:38:38 GMT -5
If we're going on early returns, heres a few others...
Mama's & Papa's: I Saw Her Again Last Night: After the instrumental break, though they claimed it was on purpose
Mama's & Papa's: California Dreaming: Very beginning, listen to (I think) the left channel. You'll hear a strange voice sing: "All The Leaves Are" in the opposite channel of the men (Denny & John). This is Scott McKenzie who recorded the song for his second album. They used the same instrumental track and wiped all of his vocals but this tidbit.
The Kingsmen: Louie Louie. He comes in early after the break.
Post by dukelightning on Mar 23, 2014 19:32:58 GMT -5
Right near the end of "Blue Collar Man" by Styx. Just before the last chord, it sounds like someone says something. Very short either one or two words. Can't tell if its Tommy Shaw who does the lead vocals or someone else.
At the beginning of "I'll Be Loving You Forever" by the New Kids On The Block, right after Jordan Knight sang, "Yeah...", it sounds like he started to sing a little too early and it wasn't edited out all the way.
"Fingertips" by Stevie Wonder may have the all-time spontaneous moment. Stevie starts into more harmonica after the band plays what they thought was the end. One musician is heard shouting "What Key? What Key?"
"Day Tripper" by the Beatles had a couple engineering flaws; a click heard after "Tried to please her" and a "Yeah" faded out too late. Both of these were corrected in the 2009 remastered version.
And while not actually a mistake, a spontaneous moment in "I Can Help" by Billy Swan; Casey Kasem once told that the reason applause is heard at the end is because Swan managed to get through the song while his dog was tugging on his pantleg.
"Go Now" Moody Blues - premature fadeout
"Goodbye To Love" Carpenters - guitar feedback (Several easy-listening stations put it on the chopping block before airing it.)
If you go by the movie "Jacksons: An American Dream" Michael's shout of "Just look over your shoulders honey" in the song "I'll Be There" was a mistake. It should have been the singular "shoulder".
"You're Only Human" Billy Joel - he hesitates on the word "sometimes" and then laughs. The mistake was kept in because it was in the spirit of the song.
Ringo's cover of "You're Sixteen" where he changed "heart" to "car"; a mistake that was noticed by Billy Ocean.
Alias- More Than Words Can Say - mic feedback during pause at end before last words "i need you now" Dionne and Friends - That's What Friends Are For - before Stevie Wonder sings his first verse - he hmms to practice or match tone?