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 Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Laurie 
Date:   2008-02-28 04:07

Hi All,

I'm doing a project on the use of Clarinet in Popular Music. So far i've had limited success finding music that include clarinet. (I've found about.. 3 lol) What popular songs do you know of that have clarinet in them ?

Any help is appreciated!
Thanks :)
Laurie

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Steve Epstein 
Date:   2008-02-28 04:23

Everything by Brave Combo :)

http://www.brave.com/bo/

Steve Epstein

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: BandieSF 
Date:   2008-02-28 04:24

I'm pretty sure Shakira's Hips Don't Lie has a short little clarinet solo. At least I'm pretty sure it does. If it isn't, then it's a sax solo. But I'm almost positive it's a clarinet.

Of course, that song is a year or so old, but it's something!

EDIT- Before everyone makes a fuss over my using of the word old for a 1-year-old song, I myself do not consider the song old. It's the other non-musicians who listen to the radio all the time who would consider the song out of date. They think songs are old that we musicians would still consider still brand new. That's the radio industry for you.

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Classical:
Strength 4 1/4 Legere Signature Series
Vandoren M13 Lyre
Jazz:
Strength 3 3/4 Legere Quebec
Pomarico Jazz*

Clarinets:
Buffet E11 Student Model
Buffet R13 Greenline

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Steve Epstein 
Date:   2008-02-28 04:27

BandieSF wrote:


>
> Of course, that song is a year or so old, but it's something!
>

Gosh, a year! That's really old!

Steve Epstein

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: GBK 
Date:   2008-02-28 04:36

I once went through the entire Beatles recording and production notes looking for clarinet use.

Thus, here is the entire listing of The Beatles' use of clarinets from their catalog of recordings. A few interesting and surprising facts:


The Beatles used clarinets on 6 different recordings:

1. When I'm Sixty Four - 3 clarinetists: Robert Burns, Harry MacKenzie and Frank Reidy

2. Honey Pie - 2 clarinetists: Raymond Newman and David Smith

3. I Am The Walrus - 1 clarinetist: Gordon Lewin

4. Good Night - 1 clarinetist: name not archived

5. Here Comes The Sun - 1 clarinetist: name not archived

6. A Day In The Life - 2 clarinetists: Basil Tschaikov and Jack Brymer


...GBK



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: donald 
Date:   2008-02-28 04:52

The Able Tasmans 2nd and 3rd albums....
"Hey Spinner"
"Somebody ate my planet"
.... both have clarinet on a couple of songs
or The Verlaines
"Some disenchanted evening"

All three are on the Flying Nun label
Captain Beefheart and his magic band have Bass Clarinet here and there, but not sure you'd call that "Pop"
dn

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: BandieSF 
Date:   2008-02-28 04:54

I meant "old" in the sense that I couldn't remember when that song was on the radio, and guessed a year. The music industry outside of classical music considers a lot of stuff we would call "new" as "old".

I also referred to the song as "old" because from a pop music standpoint the song is indeed a little "old" depending on how you look at it. Judging by age and age alone, a year is still new. But if you factor in the hodgepodge of more recent songs, it does start to seem more antiquated compared to more recent songs.

I myself still think the song is fairly new. [tongue]

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Classical:
Strength 4 1/4 Legere Signature Series
Vandoren M13 Lyre
Jazz:
Strength 3 3/4 Legere Quebec
Pomarico Jazz*

Clarinets:
Buffet E11 Student Model
Buffet R13 Greenline

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: edk 
Date:   2008-02-28 11:21

Not sure that this is "popular", but it's some of my favorite music.

John Prine - Check out an album called "Bruised Orange 1978 - a song called "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone" - clarinet solo by Jim Rothermel

Steve Goodman (wrote "City of New Orleans") also used clarinet in a lot of his tunes - off the top of my head I can think of "This Hotel Room" (soprano & bass). Jim Rothermel and/or David Amram often toured with him (both excellent multi-reed players)

Maybe not "popular", but should be!

(any other Prine/Goodman fans out there?)

edk



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-02-28 11:32

Carpenters - 'We've Only Just Begun'

Style Council - 'Come to Milton Keynes'

Errmmm... I can hear them, but can't remember the artist or song.

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Tobin 
Date:   2008-02-28 11:59


KLF: "KLF is gonna rock you" (yes...this was the eighties)

but I can't believe you all missed:

Billy Joel: "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"

I'm working on more...

James

Gnothi Seauton

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: GBK 
Date:   2008-02-28 12:04

Paul Horn's clarinet solo in "For Free" (Joni Mitchell)


...GBK

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: EuGeneSee 
Date:   2008-02-28 12:31

Yep! Prine is fine.

As for "pop" and "old": if it isn't at least 50 years old and isn't still popular, it is/was "pop" . . . if it has been around 50 years or more and is still popular, then it is "old", also known as "classic".

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Gregory Wanamaker 
Date:   2008-02-28 12:49

Billy Joel's Nylon Curtain album uses a clarinet to reprise the "Allentown" melody in "Where's the Orchestra?".

Gregory Wanamaker
http://www.gregorywanamaker.com

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-02-28 13:22

Frazier Chorus - 'Typical'

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: davyd 
Date:   2008-02-28 13:37

Blondie: "Here's looking at you" (a retro-swing sort of number)

Van Halen: "Big bad Bill" (guest appearance by Eddie & Alex's dad)

Blues image: "Ride, captain, ride" (bass clar in the intro)

Enya: "On your shore" and "Angeles" (more New Age than pop)

Neil Diamond: "Cherry Cherry" (or is that an organ?)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: James Langdell 
Date:   2008-02-28 14:05

Supertramp has clarinet and sax frequently in their songs. That was a band most popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Big hit was "The Logical Song". One of their hits in a minor key (I forget its title) had a lot of Klezmer-style licks on clarinet.

Throughout the early 1970s, The Kinks performed and recorded with a Dixieland horn section (clarinet, trumpet, trombone) on albums such as "Muswell Hillbillies". Ian Hunter (formerly of Mott The Hoople) also that sound throughout his "All American Alien Boy" album from around 1975.

Clarinet sightings are rare in rock-oriented music, but they're there.

--James

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-02-28 14:21

Oh yeah, Supertramp - 'Breakfast In America'.

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: monzamess 
Date:   2008-02-28 14:32

Ben Folds Five: Steven's Last Night In Town -- has very nice clarinet solos on soprano and a prominent BC line -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xLxw4tNTz8 (fan video... ugh)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Jesse 
Date:   2008-02-28 16:35

Weird Al Yankovic has a clarinet player (sometimes more) in all of his polka medleys that I've heard (Hooked on Polkas, Polka Power! The Alternative Polka, Angry White Boy Polka, and Polkarama!). I do not have the CDs with me though as they are back at home, so I can't check for any names.



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: GBK 
Date:   2008-02-28 17:00

"Stranger on the Shore" is purported to feature the clarinet. [wink]


...GBK



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-02-28 22:20

It was a theme tune to a UK TV show, but the public demanded it's release as a single and it entered the UK singles charts on the 30th of November 1961. It remained in the charts for 55 weeks in total, peaking at No.2 (at a time when singles usually entered the charts low and climbed, unlike now when manufactured acts, their greedy managers and record companies expect tenth rate cover versions to enter the charts at No.1 and consider a No.2 single as a failure, plus the fact the total amount of record sales to get a No.1 single is conseriderably lower now than it was back then).

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: GBK 
Date:   2008-02-28 22:35

A bit of useless trivia:

The first British recording (and British musician) with a #1 single in the US, was not the Beatles, but Mr. Acker Bilk on May 26, 1962.

...GBK

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: tdinap 
Date:   2008-02-28 23:22

Bruce Hornsby (who is mainly known for writing "The Way It Is" in the '80s) used clarinet(s) on a few tracks in his latest studio album, "Halcyon Days". "What the Hell Happened" and "Heir Gordon" feature it pretty prominently, and it's briefly used to double lines in the main piano solos of "Circus on the Moon" and "Lost in the Snow".

As far as I know, the parts were played by Hornsby's usual reed man, Bobby Read, although I'm not sure about the bass parts. As for it being "pop", Hornsby is pretty much impossible to categorize, but he probably fits best in the "pop" genre, even though he hasn't really been on the charts since the '80s.

Tom

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: davidsampson 
Date:   2008-02-28 23:29

Rammstein: Wo Bist Du (synthed though)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: b.roke 
Date:   2008-02-28 23:53

ben harper has a "dixieland" band featuring prominent clarinet on a song - suzie blue on the album "burn to shine".

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-02-28 23:53

What about the silver electronic clarinet-type thingy (an early wind synth with a clarinet mouthpiece - I can't remember what it's called) Landscape used on 'Einstein A Go-Go' - UB40 also used it, but I can't remember which single that was on.

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Bret Pimentel 
Date:   2008-02-29 00:48

Steely Dan's "Babylon Sisters" uses a pair of bass clarinets, played by George Marge and Walter Kane.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2008-02-29 01:34

There's a folk-pop group called Hem which has some nice clarinet work on one or both of the albums I have from them (I'm at my folks' house in Ohio so I don't have access to the cd boxes). One CD is called "Rabbit Songs" and the other is "Eveningland." I seem to remember that David Hattner (who used to post on this board) played on one of them, but it might have been a different BB reader...Please advise if I'm wrong!

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Mike Johnson 
Date:   2008-02-29 02:15

Sounds like a clarinet in "Working My Way Back To You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. You can hear it lurking in the background in different spots throughout the piece.

You can hear it on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkoEoTxvG3Q

Mike Johnson
Napa, California

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: idahofats 
Date:   2008-02-29 02:20

The Heavy Metal Clarinet:
Aerosmith's 1987 "Ragdoll" offered a few sardonic catcalls by clarinet near the song's end.

The Disco Clarinet:
If you can get past the "oowah-oowah" and nonsense lyrics, there's a pleasant little interlude for clarinet and heraldic trumpet at 1:42-2:22 in the song "Let's All Chant" by The Michael Zager Band from 1978. The video, and I cringe, is available on YouTube---

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGNrufyCC-0

The TV clarinet:
The first two seasons of "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"
regularly featured light jazz/Dixieland solos by a talented unknown.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: bbarner 
Date:   2008-02-29 15:17

"Dance to the music" By Sly and the Family Stone.

Bill Barner
http://www.billbarner.com

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: clarinetist04 
Date:   2008-03-01 17:09

Wow, Laurie and her project really made out good on this one!!

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: RLSchwebel 
Date:   2008-03-02 15:20

Depeche Mode's "Death's Door" has a small clarinet choir. They probably used a real person initally then ran the sound through a processor/synth.

robt.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: donald 
Date:   2008-03-02 17:33

"million dollar dream" by Headless Chickens (a dark industrial sounding group, though their name makes them sound like an earlier version of Flight of the Conchords) has a melody line played by keys that started life as a clarinet melody... but i don't think that counts!
dn

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-03-02 21:35

I think there's clarinet in Blancmange - 'Blind Vision'.

There's a clarinet in one of their videos, and it's neither of their most popular 'Living on the Ceiling' or 'Don't Tell Me', so I think it's probably 'Blind Vision'.

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Lann 
Date:   2008-03-04 01:33

Papa Roach has a contra sounding clarinet in "Revenge"

I'm not sure if it's synthetic or not, but Jacoby Shaddix played contralto in high school.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-03-04 09:56

"I'm not sure if it's synthetic or not, but Jacoby Shaddix played contralto in high school."

He mentioned that on MTV2 a while back.

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: John Morton 
Date:   2008-03-07 02:25

I'm of a certain age, but ... I guess my favorite is Tennesse Ernie Ford's version of the Merle Travis song "Sixteen Tons". Here it is on YouTube (audio only):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBkrAESUbyI

The song was discussed on this forum in 2004 - GBK quoted Tennessee Ernie's story about the instrumentation, which included clarinet and bass clarinet:
http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/read.html?f=1&i=160528&t=160528

John

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Laurie 
Date:   2008-03-07 20:23

I'm overwhelmed with all of this!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! It's been wonderful researching all of these suggestions and I appreciate the help!

Laurie :)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chelle 
Date:   2008-05-29 15:12

I may be a little late with this, but I was just sorting through some of my music collection and was listening to some Moody Blues. Emily's Song has some bass clarinet in it (probably too old to be considered pop music, but it's a lovely song anyway).

-Chelle

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: seafaris 
Date:   2008-05-29 21:21

The TV series Northern Exposure had a clarinet in the soundtrack of almost every episode.

...Jim

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Sean.Perrin 
Date:   2008-05-30 19:41

Radiohead - Life in a Glass House (From the album "Amnesiac").

Here is a youtube vid of it live:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HXO9KUaI8KM

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2008-05-30 19:52

The Shakira's Hips Don't Lie solo I think has a horrid soprano sax playing - yes? (not clarinet)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: tacet 
Date:   2008-05-30 20:30

Laurie,
King Crimson's debut album In the Court of the Krimson King (dated 1969) had clarinet parts in several numbers. This is often quoted as being the first album blending traditional rock music with symphonic music, so might perhaps be worth quoting. Also, it might be worth listening in :-)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: GBK 
Date:   2008-05-30 20:40

tacet wrote:

> Laurie,
> King Crimson's debut album In the Court of the Krimson King
> (dated 1969) had clarinet parts in several numbers. This is
> often quoted as being the first album blending traditional rock
> music with symphonic music,


I would submit that the Moody Blues' album "Days of Future Passed" first blended rock music with symphonic music. (they used the London Festival Orchestra)

It was produced in 1967 - 2 years earlier than King Crimson.

...GBK

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: htoyryla 
Date:   2008-05-31 20:27

Tom Waits' "All the world is green".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RIbtTGOBsw
I bought the CD but this is the only piece on it that I've listened to.



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Mark Horne 
Date:   2008-06-02 19:39

Can't believe that nobody got the ballad "Beth" one of the band KISS's (ironically) most popular songs - the bass clarinet provides the bass line to the first verse of the nicely orchestrated backing track.



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Eileen 
Date:   2008-06-03 04:08

I've seen Patti Smith play clarinet live on a few songs. Maybe others can fill in which ones.

Also, it sounds like clarinets on some Pere Ubu (Sentimental Journey from Modern Dance?) if you would consider that to fall within "Pop Music." Pere Ubu makes Patti Smith sounds mainstream and conventional.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: BobD 
Date:   2008-06-03 08:33

The band "El Recordo" is quite popular with many of our friends in Ca and South of the Border and has 4 clarinets in their lineup.

Bob Draznik

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: crazy karlos 
Date:   2008-06-06 13:32

It's a long while since I heard it, and it's not strictly "pop", but Joe Jackson's "Jumpin' Jive" has some wonderful horn work. I see via google that it was Pete Thomas on clarinet.

I mention it partly because Joe J played a fantastic gig in Johannesburg last night, I rate it as one of the best live shows I've ever seen. Just a trio -- bass, drums and Joe on piano. He really is a very fine pianist. He was quite amazed when the whole hall sang "Is she really going out with him", with him.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Clariphant in Bb 
Date:   2008-06-12 05:14

I was listening to a new release, "Songs in A&E" by Spiritualized, and hearing clarinet in two of the tracks on it reminded me of this thread. The songs "Don't Hold Me Close" (a bit) and "The Waves Crash In" (more pronounced) both have clarinet in them. The CD is a very recent release, so it's nice to see the instrument still used occasionally in such a setting. The CD is definitely pop music, though I doubt it's the sort of thing that will get much airtime on the radio.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: allencole 
Date:   2008-06-12 17:02

Lots of good info in this thread. I'd nominate it as a candidate for 'Keepers'

Allen Cole

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Alseg 
Date:   2008-06-12 19:15

Sinatra count?

Solo clar. work in "It was a very good year"


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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: lowclarinetman 
Date:   2008-06-12 23:42

Down here South of the Boarder there is an entire genre of music that fetures clarinets in a popular setting. Banda Recordo is an example of the BANDA music. There are many different bands that do this. It is extremely popular in the state Sinaloa, and here is often called banda Sinaloa although it is popular elsewhere as well.

Also, I believe it was the band Calle 13 that used a clarinet in a reageton(sp)-style song. Can't for the life of me remember the name of the song it was on the radio late last year. I'll keep trying to remember.

and as was previously mentioned, clarinets are often featured in incidental music for TV and movies.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: HudsonAD 
Date:   2008-06-24 15:35

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones use a lot of clarinet/bass clarinet. Look to "Tales from the Acoustic Planet"

Also, alternative/indie outfit Bright Eyes uses clarinet some. Look to the song "Nothing Gets Crossed Out" and others

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: brycon 
Date:   2008-06-24 23:14

I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but the Radiohead tune, "Glass House" has a very prominent clarinet part. It sort of sounds like dixieland at the apocalypse.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2008-06-29 20:47

Here's something I wasn't expecting to hear at all (comes in after the Sibelius 5th intro)!
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Hi2EHr9fI-0&feature=related

I've only ever known the single version: http://youtube.com/watch?v=tl0zi0FoauU&feature=related

I just remembered this too (though it's synthesized): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r17YVDwh0vM&feature=related

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: pdkbach 
Date:   2008-07-07 03:53

Did anyone mention Marvin Hamlisch version of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" from the movie "The Sting" in about 1974..... I used to play along with it when it came on the radio! :)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-04-30 16:39

I'm watching the re-runs of BBC's "Top of the Pops" from 1978 and last week I didn't expect to hear a clarinet solo in a disco track!

It's the Michael Zager Band - "Let's All Chant" which has a clarinet solo at 1:40, followed by keyboard, then piccolo trumpet and finishes with clarinet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6HKf7m8LeI

Oops! Just seen this same track was mentioned earlier in this thread and I missed it! Sorry.

On this week's show from this week in 1978 (?) Manhattan Transfer were on with 'A Little Street In Singapore' with Miller-esque scoring for the reeds with clarinet on lead.

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Paula S 
Date:   2013-04-30 16:50

Nice outfits LOL! Perhaps we should form a band called Reeds and Co? I'll have the orange number and you can wear the pink Chris? [happy]



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-04-30 17:02

HAHAHA! I don't think that'll fit me somehow!

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Lelia Loban 2017
Date:   2013-04-30 19:17

I wanna know which outfit the clarinet and trumpet players were wearing! Love those complex lyrics, too.

But seriously ... that's good playing.

Lelia
http://www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/Lelia_Loban
To hear the audio, click on the "Scorch Plug-In" box above the score.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-04-30 19:29

Anyone know who the clarinettist is?

Another one for the collection (it's playing on Absolute 80s right now) - Kid Creole and the Coconuts - "I'm A Wonderful Thing, Baby" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS3hiJ_mBq8

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Paula S 
Date:   2013-05-01 20:17

Hey Chris you are really getting on down with the groove!
Lelia I think if the clarinettist and trombone players were men they would wear co-ordinating makinis! Anyway they would have to have colour co-ordinated ligatures as we all know that these are the key to great playing? Right ? [happy]

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Lelia Loban 2017
Date:   2013-05-02 14:52

Yes, Paula and to coordinate matchy-matchy with the dancers, the musicians really ought to have big furry pom-pom poodle tails on those mankinis. Color-coordinated ligatures, oh yes -- and maybe the clarinet player has one of those bright-colored plastic clarinets to match.

Fair warning to anyone who hasn't gone to that link yet -- that song in all its curiously charming brainlessness is an ear-worm! I finally got rid of it (after it played in my head all night long the first night after I listened to it -- even provided the soundtrack to dreams!) by listening to a CD of the Saint-Saens organ concerto full blast next morning as soon as I was sure the neighbors were awake. Well, all it took was to read the new post on the thread and . . . it's b-a-a-a-ck!

Lelia
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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: curlyev 
Date:   2013-05-03 08:12

I love this post on so many different levels!

Great trivia GBK!!!

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Orlando Natty 
Date:   2013-05-16 12:57

I was just listening to Steven Page's (formerly of Bare Naked Ladies) album Page One this morning and thought of this thread because several songs have clarinet.

The first is Clifton Springs which has a little clarinet rift throughout. The second is Entourage which has a French-sounding clarinet solo trailing off at the end of the song. All the Young Monogamists has interplay of violin, guitar, and clarinet throughout. Quite a bit of clarinet for pop music!



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Malcolm Martland 
Date:   2013-05-17 07:07

Don Byron in Basquiat, but is it pop or jazz?

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2016-06-04 00:58

Just seen the video of Michael Zager Band - "Let's All Chant" (someone just posted it on Facebook) and here's the clarinet interlude:

https://youtu.be/A-VlM_alVkY?t=1m42s

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: FreddyG 
Date:   2016-06-04 13:55

Berlin Philharmonic Andreas Ottensamer plays on Tori Amos album Night of Hunters. https://youtu.be/rqfWuTT27rQ

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: WhitePlainsDave 
Date:   2016-06-06 05:34

Rumor has it that when the Bassoon Brothers couldn't make it as a clarinet quartet (i.e. the Clarinet Brothers) that they switched instruments.

http://bassoonbrothers.com/

Does that partially count?

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2016-06-07 16:45

Chicago's Harry Truman. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Truman_(song)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Sean.Perrin 
Date:   2016-06-09 08:50

A long time ago (almost 10 years ago!) I commented on this thread suggesting Radiohead - Life in a Glass House.

I'd like to add:

Talk Talk - used all throughout the album "The Spirit of Eden"

FANTASTIC album. Check it out.

Also, Matthew Good recently used it on a song called "How it goes."

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2016-06-09 12:23

Mark Hollis (from Talk Talk) is himself a clarinettist - he had a Howarth clarinet (either an S2 or S3) converted to plateaux keywork, then later had it reverted back to ring keys. I dread to think how much all that cost in total!

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Sean.Perrin 
Date:   2016-06-10 01:19

wow I didn't now that! Thanks for sharing!

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: shmuelyosef 
Date:   2019-04-04 07:25

The Zappa cut was some of the best bass clarinet sounds I have ever heard...makes me want a mouthpiece pickup!

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Granity 
Date:   2019-04-08 04:49

The Tom Waits album The Heart Of Saturday Night, released in 1974, contains a track called Fumblin' With The Blues. This track includes an excellent clarinet solo from Tom Scott.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: fernie121 
Date:   2019-04-08 18:42

https://youtu.be/vXtJkDHEAAc
Atrevete te te

Well I don’t know if you only meant pop music in English. I remember hearing this as a kid. Not really something I listen to know but clarinet plays throughout the entire song which always put a smile on my face :)

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-04-08 18:51

I just listened to a few numbers by Brave Combo, having never heard of them before. OMG! The fellow who plays Clarinet Polka was amazing!

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: LGS316217 
Date:   2019-04-22 21:58

Went through this whole thread and maybe it was there and I missed it, but if not: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye by Soft Cell (extended version- must be the extended version, it's not in the radio edit) has to top the list.

Amy Paul

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: jthole 
Date:   2019-04-27 14:42

No answer to your question, but I think this potpourri by Coen Kaldeway is real fun!

https://youtu.be/F_An_cy9BMw



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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Green Henry 
Date:   2019-04-28 01:52

Love the clarinet on When I'm 64

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: Granity 
Date:   2019-04-28 02:45

According to Ian MacDonald's book Revolution In The Head, three clarinettists played on When I'm 64: Robert Burns, Henry MacKenzie and Frank Reidy.

They sound pretty good. It's one of Paul McCartney's less interesting songs.

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: GBK 
Date:   2019-04-28 03:20

Granity wrote:

> According to Ian MacDonald's book Revolution In The Head, three
> clarinettists played on When I'm 64: Robert Burns, Henry
> MacKenzie and Frank Reidy.


Already listed earlier in this thread, in the 5th posting.

...GBK

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 Re: Clarinet in Pop Music
Author: jfrejo 
Date:   2019-05-14 00:18

Most likely not music anyone on this board listens too but here are a couple bands I know that feature the Clarinet prominently in their music. Coppelius is a German 'steampunk' band that features two Clarinets, bass, cello and drums. The other band is called Feisty Piranhas. They are what I would call a hard rock band. You can find plenty of videos on YouTube for both bands.
John

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