Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
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Sing it!

Working on a freelance assignment this morning reminded me of a cheesy thing in music that I really love: when someone in a band exhorts the rest of the band to sing. It's very similar to when a musician is exhorted to play his instrument, which I think we discussed recently on a music forum where I hang out. It just seems so arbitrary and silly, and yet strangely charming. Some examples:

- In the Ass Ponys' "Not Since Superman Died", Chuck Cleaver, just before the final chorus, goes "Ass Ponys!"

- In "Walk on the Wild Side", before the colored girls sing, Lou Reed says "And the colored girls sing..."

- In "How Great Our Lord", James Taylor yells "Sing it!" at the heavenly chorus.

- At the beginning of "Vista", Murray Attaway tells the vocalist to "Shhhhhhhh."

- At the beginning of "Mama Said Knock You Out", L.L. says "Come on!" to the backup singers.

- In "I'm Straight", Jonathan Richman says "Okay, all you Modern Lovers, sing!"

- When Jemaine says "FAST FORWARD SELECTAH!" in "Boom".

I just like that.
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