Rock musicians have always been known as a peculiar bunch prone to experimentation on all fronts. This includes utilizing odd instruments and placing them in surroundings in which they seemingly don't belong. In that spirit, here's a rundown of 10 rock songs that use strange instruments.
The Troggs - "Wild Thing" (Ocarina)
The Troggs were a crucial figure in the birth of garage rock vibe with "Wild Thing," but they used an ancient wind instrument known as ocarina for the solo section. You can check it out at the 1:05 mark below.
Pixies - "Velouria" (Theremin)
Theremin is a peculiar instrument presented in 1928 by a Russian inventor Leon Theremin. The instrument consists of two control antennas, both of which sense the position of the player's hands and deliver different frequencies and volume based on the hand-antenna distance.
Apart from the Pixies, notable theremin players include Jean Michelle Jarre and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Also, Rob Scallon.
Phish - "I Didn't Know" (Vacuum cleaner)
Vacuum cleaner is not an instrument? Phish beg to differ!
Jimi Hendrix - "Crosstown Traffic" (Kazoo)
We recently saw Ghost rock out on kazoo, but the idea that rock and kazoo go together came to Mr. Jimi Hendrix many years before, on his 1968 single "Crosstown Traffic." And it wasn't just any kazoo, but the one Jimi made himself, by using a comb and some tissue paper.
Simon & Garfunkel - "Cecilia" (Xylophone)
Back in 1970, Simon & Garfunkel utilized a xylophone to spice things up in their staple tune "Cecilia."
Soundgarden - "Spoonman" (Spoons)
Back in the day, Soundgarden noticed a Seattle street performer called Artis the Spoonman who used spoons to play music. They wrote a tune called "Spoonman" and brought Mr. Artis himself to deliver a spoon solo during the bridge.
Nirvana - "Drain You" (Rubber Duck)
Once the guitar rings out during the bridge of Nirvana's "Drain You," a peculiar instrument shines through, none-other that a rubber duck. The track was released as a part of the band's monumental 1991 effort "Nevermind."
Neil Young - "Harvest Moon" (Broom)
If a vacuum cleaner can be an instrument, then why not an old corn broom swept across sandpaper? Check it out around the 1:53 mark.
Radiohead - "No Surprises" (Glockenspiel)
Back to actual music instruments, we bring you a neat little thing called a glockenspiel. Among other artists, Radiohead have used it on "No Surprises." Jonny Greenwood is credited as the glockenspiel master, check him out doing his thing below.
Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood" (Melodica)
Also known as "pianica," "blow-organ" or "key-flute," malodica found its way onto one of the most well-known Gorillaz tracks - "Clint Eastwood."
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