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Red Barchetta
06-01-2008, 01:23 PM
So there's this song I hear every now and then, but I can never remember what it's called. The song, as I recall, starts off relatively normal, then maybe around halfway, there's some quasi-yodeling added.

It goes like this:
Yodeling sound, yodeling sound, yodeling sound, bum dum dum. (I think it then repeats again -- Then right after that, the vocalist starts making a noise which keeps getting higher in pitch, over the span of 3-4 seconds)

Told you that was a terrible description -- sorry. So yeah, it's a male vocalist, and it's a very upbeat song.

Any ideas?

lobotomyboy63
06-01-2008, 01:30 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=bpV5InLw52U

?

Red Barchetta
06-01-2008, 01:37 PM
Dude, I freaking love you. I can't believe you figured it out based on my horrendous description, not to mention that I even got the timing of the yodeling wrong.

So major, major props and thanks!

lobotomyboy63
06-01-2008, 01:41 PM
Not too many songs that feature yodeling.

Man could that lead guitar player shred a guitar or what?

Red Barchetta
06-01-2008, 01:43 PM
Man could that lead guitar player shred a guitar or what?

Yeah, hardcore.

lobotomyboy63
06-01-2008, 01:47 PM
BTW I was on the same quest about 15 years ago, trying to figure out the name of this song. Hocus Pocus...by Focus. It's available in different versions so if you're thinking of dloading an mp3, keep that in mind. Youtube is your friend.

Red Barchetta
06-01-2008, 01:52 PM
BTW I was on the same quest about 15 years ago, trying to figure out the name of this song. Hocus Pocus...by Focus. It's available in different versions so if you're thinking of dloading an mp3, keep that in mind. Youtube is your friend.


Wow, I'm lucky you post here on the dope then! And thanks for the tip about the different versions.

Cuckoorex
06-01-2008, 04:23 PM
Too bad that song isn't available for Rock Band or on any Karaoke playlists I have seen; that would be the definition of "hilarity ensues."

lobotomyboy63
06-01-2008, 07:18 PM
Don't know why they had different versions, Red. It could have been that the original was too long for radio play, I guess. At any rate, quite a tour de force musically.

I'd like to see some guitar heroes attempt it.

Yorikke
06-01-2008, 07:54 PM
Ha! About 15 years ago, I had the same burning question! I was entranced by the song. I was somehow convinced that it was Jethro Tull (the flute part, I guess). I asked the school's "Tull expert," but he had never heard it. One day, I heard it again, and called the station for like 10 minutes, and finally got through and found out the name. Bought the tape, which isn't so hot, IIRC.

Just by the subject line of the OP, I knew it HAD to be Hocus Pocus, before even opening it. Good times, good times...

Joe

ETA : Looks like this is a common tale...

blondebear
06-01-2008, 08:08 PM
I read yodeling in the thread title and immediately thought "Hocus Pocus". Saw them at Winterland back in the day...they did indeed ROCK.

lobotomyboy63
06-01-2008, 08:13 PM
Ha! About 15 years ago, I had the same burning question! I was entranced by the song. I was somehow convinced that it was Jethro Tull (the flute part, I guess). I asked the school's "Tull expert," but he had never heard it. One day, I heard it again, and called the station for like 10 minutes, and finally got through and found out the name. Bought the tape, which isn't so hot, IIRC.

Just by the subject line of the OP, I knew it HAD to be Hocus Pocus, before even opening it. Good times, good times...

Joe

ETA : Looks like this is a common tale...

My thought process exactly, re: the flute and Jethro Tull. I happened to find a local store that would search for hard-to-locate vinyl etc. I asked.

Some other instrumentals people may not know the names for:

Santo & Johnny/Sleep Walk
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_bFp-DlVNtk

B Bumble and the Stingers/Bumble Boogie
http://youtube.com/watch?v=GApq1XGzNNE

Edgar Winter Group/Frankenstein
http://youtube.com/watch?v=x1mV_5-bRPo

Mason Williams/Classical Gas
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mguzKze1sYo

Dick Dale/Misirlou
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZIU0RMV_II8

Percy Faith/Theme from "A Summer Place"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mERbQIvgJXs

Hugh Masekela/Grazing in the Grass
http://youtube.com/watch?v=KVpcDyjn3a0

Practically instrumental...
Gary Glitter/Rock 'n' Roll Part 2
http://youtube.com/watch?v=7xd44PWZGzg

lobotomyboy63
06-01-2008, 08:34 PM
Oops, one more, and unfortunately youtube doesn't have it.

Billy Preston (RIP)/Space Race
http://bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=4608918&st=Billy+Preston&type=product&id=221495
(track 5)

Meurglys
06-02-2008, 10:54 AM
I was sorting out some singles I still have a couple of months ago and leaned back - snap!
And that was the end of my Hocus Pocus 45. :(
The 'b' side was Sylvia, as I recall.

RiverRunner
06-02-2008, 11:34 AM
Wow, I hadn't thought about Focus for years. I remember wondering how "Thijs," which I think was the lead man's first name was pronounced. Anybody know?

Mama Tiger
06-02-2008, 11:46 AM
Wow, I hadn't thought of Focus in years, either. There's another 17-minute clip (http://youtube.com/watch?v=pRd0Z37Dt8Y&feature=related) of them on You Tube that's much more recent. I wonder if they're still touring? I'd forgotten how musically solid they were -- so many bands of that era sucked, even if I did love them, but these guys rocked!

Meurglys
06-02-2008, 11:50 AM
I used to say 'This' like the beginning of 'thistle'. Thjis Van Leer and Jan Akkerman are both still touring - Ackermann was the guitarist, Van Leer played the organ & flute - as Focus, and also individually, I think.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
06-02-2008, 11:52 AM
Wow, I hadn't thought about Focus for years. I remember wondering how "Thijs," which I think was the lead man's first name was pronounced. Anybody know?
"Tice" (rhymes with mice).

Meurglys
06-02-2008, 12:04 PM
I expect Biffy's right; we just guessed back then and never had much reason to say his name anyway!

control-z
06-03-2008, 11:45 AM
That rocked, although I didn't love the vocals.

Sigmagirl
06-03-2008, 11:51 AM
When my sister and I were about 13 and 11, respectively, our family bought our first stereo. We set it up and turned it on, and the first thing we heard was "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. My father grabbed us both by the arms and hauled us out of the room, certain that the stereo was defective and going to blow up.

Cervaise
06-03-2008, 03:13 PM
Some other instrumentals people may not know the names for:Great list. And Green Onions (http://youtube.com/watch?v=czuKJeH-t84) should be included.

The Hamster King
06-04-2008, 01:56 AM
You should also add Popcorn (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9N4ckFN96-k).

And Music Box Dancer (http://youtube.com/watch?v=2N_tmH6y7ng).

pulykamell
06-04-2008, 02:32 AM
A couple more:

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - Spanish Flea (http://youtube.com/watch?v=BmFDPFKTOvk)

Percy Faith - Theme From a Summer Place (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mERbQIvgJXs)

lobotomyboy63
06-04-2008, 05:36 AM
Ventures/Walk don't run
http://youtube.com/watch?v=3sJUf4NMI5w

Ventures/Pipeline
http://youtube.com/watch?v=1UnuvRRu00k

The Tornados/Telstar
http://youtube.com/watch?v=FOIIaGoGqHY&feature=related

Joplin (/Hamlisch?) Entertainer
http://youtube.com/watch?v=7cFkae0j_Ns

Herb Alpert/Tijuana Taxi
http://youtube.com/watch?v=WITQHsLqSAw

Herb Alpert/Lonely Bull
http://youtube.com/watch?v=16B5Xm8_IKw&feature=related

Chuck Mangione/Feels So Good
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_hi22Tp-uBg

MFSB/TSOP
http://youtube.com/watch?v=EqOUZjG6IaM

Barry White/Love's Theme:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=9lkXm3_p6zc

Benny Goodman: Sing Sing Sing (wasn't this used in a Chips Ahoy commercial?)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=TI51i-lK4Pc&feature=related

Glenn Miller/In the Mood
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZJE-onnw2gM

Glenn Miller/Moonlight Serenade
http://youtube.com/watch?v=rZmB988vvSI&feature=related


Song you may know but have you seen a guy play two guitars at once?

Stanley Jordan/Autumn Leaves
http://youtube.com/watch?v=XeXQz_k20YI&feature=related

Jackmannii
06-04-2008, 10:03 AM
The group that had the big hit with "Pipeline" was The Chantays (The Ventures' big one was "Walk Don't Run").

Some other sixties' classic instrumental rock hits are "Mr. Moto" by the Bel-Airs, "Out Of Limits" by the Marketts (it's hard to hear the latter without picturing go-go girls doing their stuff), "Apache" by Jorgen Ingmann and Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser".

Focus will always be known for "Hocus Pocus", but they've recorded other great instrumentals like "Sylvia", "House of the King" and "Harem Scarem".

Some of my favorite instrumental rock comes from latter-day surf rock groups like Laika and the Cosmonauts, the Aqua Velvets and the Mermen.

Oh, and one other classic instrumental - "Jessica" by the Allman Brothers.

KneadToKnow
06-04-2008, 10:44 AM
This thread is turning into a real locus for Focus and "Hocus Pocus."

I'd have brought flowers, but they didn't have crocus.

Meurglys
06-04-2008, 11:08 AM
Surely you mean Krokus! ;)

The Hamster King
06-04-2008, 12:18 PM
Benny Goodman: Sing Sing SingBenny Goodman?

Louie Prima: Sing Sing Sing (http://youtube.com/watch?v=v-VH9_Nxyk4)!

The Chao Goes Mu
06-04-2008, 12:44 PM
Wow! That was a helluva jam! Just listened to "Sylvia" too. I can't wait to try to dig this one up at the next record show that blows into my town.

Great stuff :cool:

LateComer
06-04-2008, 01:43 PM
When my sister and I were about 13 and 11, respectively, our family bought our first stereo. We set it up and turned it on, and the first thing we heard was "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. My father grabbed us both by the arms and hauled us out of the room, certain that the stereo was defective and going to blow up.Is this story true?

A friend gave me a cd called "Hocus Pocus: The best of Focus" for Christmas. Awesome and goofy at the same time.

lobotomyboy63
06-04-2008, 04:30 PM
Benny Goodman?

Louie Prima: Sing Sing Sing (http://youtube.com/watch?v=v-VH9_Nxyk4)!

Just going for the instrumentals....

The Hamster King
06-04-2008, 05:36 PM
Just going for the instrumentals....Good point.

It's kind of funny that a song called "Sing Sing Sing!" is most famous in its instrumental version ... .

lobotomyboy63
06-04-2008, 07:00 PM
Good point.

It's kind of funny that a song called "Sing Sing Sing!" is most famous in its instrumental version ... .

Yeah, I didn't realize Louis Prima wrote it or that there were any words.

Man, the kid on drums in that video is pretty good! He gives a clinic at about 3 minutes in.

"Feels So Good" has also words---I've seen the sheet music, but I don't know if it was ever recorded with singing.

Harmonious Discord
06-04-2008, 08:07 PM
One of my first albums was a collection with Hocus Pocus and you can't forget the song if you hear it.

Smoking In The Boys Room for another song that fits in with the times

DesertDog
06-05-2008, 01:24 AM
Song you may know but have you seen a guy play two guitars at once?

Stanley Jordan/Autumn Leaves
http://youtube.com/watch?v=XeXQz_k20YI&feature=relatedAh, yes: Stanley Jordan. You'll notice he's tapping, not strumming or plucking, allowing both hands to sound and fret at the same time. Very much like a Chapman stick player, but according to wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Jordan), he discovered the technique independently. He lives up in Sedona and appears down here all too infrequently.

bat312
06-05-2008, 02:22 AM
When my sister and I were about 13 and 11, respectively, our family bought our first stereo. We set it up and turned it on, and the first thing we heard was "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. My father grabbed us both by the arms and hauled us out of the room, certain that the stereo was defective and going to blow up.

He... he hehe, ha hah ha, snicker snicker...girl friend wondering whats so funny.

"Its late stop laughing and go to bed."

Thanks, I always need a good laugh before bed.

-bat

neutron star
06-05-2008, 03:03 AM
It's available in different versionsMy favorite version of it is a performance of it and Sylvia from (I believe) The Old Grey Whistle Test TV show. I'm not sure if it's on YouTube and unfortunately I can't search right now, as I was officially reprimanded tonight for watching YouTube at work... :(

OpalCat
06-05-2008, 03:34 AM
Too bad that song isn't available for Rock Band or on any Karaoke playlists I have seen; that would be the definition of "hilarity ensues."
Indeed. Much as "Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld (http://youtube.com/watch?v=7fnVR6qv-LM)" is. Especially at a party where most people are kinda getting their drink on. (full song but harder to read the lyrics* on the screen. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=ciH3zlh3bBs)



*such as they are (http://rockgamer.com/lyrics/timmah/). Example:

Timmy Livin a Lie!
Pah Yup Pah Dub Dub Timmy
Yeah Duh Doh
Timmy!

neutron star
06-05-2008, 09:19 AM
My favorite version of it is a performance of it and Sylvia from (I believe) The Old Grey Whistle Test TV show. I'm not sure if it's on YouTube and unfortunately I can't search right now, as I was officially reprimanded tonight for watching YouTube at work... :(Ah, here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=-v7LzOeTkfM) it is.

Mojo Pin
06-06-2008, 07:31 AM
Ah, here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=-v7LzOeTkfM) it is.This is fine music.

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