Banjos And Xylophones In Popular Music

Discussion in 'SiriusXM Music' started by scotchandcigar, May 30, 2017.

  1. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    Banjos and xylophones are offbeat instruments for rock/pop music, but they show up in some notable songs. Here's a few


    Neil Young – Old Man

    Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

    BTW, I came across this 2nd live clip, that's easily one of the worst performances of any song by any group. This may explain their one-hit status.


    Gotye/Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know

    Violent Femmes – Gone Daddy Gone

    If you know of others, post it here. And please, no Mumford & Sons. Yes, I know they have a banjo, but it's a part of their band, so it doesn't really fit the thread. Plus, they suck.
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  2. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    Would you accept a Marimba solo?

    "Moonlight Feels Right" by Starbuck.
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  3. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    Good one. Sure, I'll accept a marimba, a vibraphone, or a glockenspiel.
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  4. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    Lest we forget about cowbell.
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  5. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    More cowbell, always. But I'm on the fence about that, because then one could ask, "what about sitar, mandolin, bells, wood block, berimbau?" So maybe we should stick with things that look like xylophones, and banjos.
  6. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    More xylophone: Jimmy Buffet - Margaritaville (also has steel drums, which are banned from this thread too)
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  7. JHDK

    JHDK Release Robin's Bra

    i know i'm going back to the well yet again but i really love when phish decides to dabble in bluegrass. when that happens, the banjo is never too far behind.

    edit: that i actually read the thread and not just the title i guess this may be cheating because those songs are not rock or pop. but they are from a rock band, so i'll need a ruling scotch.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2017
  8. sbv71

    sbv71 Well-Known Member

  9. sbv71

    sbv71 Well-Known Member

    How about an accordion?

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  10. sbv71

    sbv71 Well-Known Member

  11. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    Accordion and banjo, well played.
  12. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    You can post anything you want, but I think it's better if people come up with songs that everyone's familiar with from the radio.
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  13. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    I think the accordion needs it's own thread, perhaps combined with bagpipes.

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