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Old 01-17-2003, 07:17 AM
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Pop songs featuring a kazoo?

I can think of Ringo Starr's version of "You're Sixteen". What are some others?
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Old 01-17-2003, 07:44 AM
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Weird Al Yankovic's parody of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"...his was called "Smells Like Nirvana"...had a section with kazoos in it IIRC.
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Old 01-17-2003, 07:55 AM
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Skyy did a song called Skyzoo. Sample lyric:
Whatcha gonna do?
I'm gonna play
I'm gonna play
My Skyzoo!



If anybody else but me remembers this song, please speak up. I'd like to be able to point this thread to some people I know so that they can stop calling me crazy whenever I mention this song.
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Old 01-17-2003, 09:27 AM
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Define "pop."

Jug bands of the 1920s and 1930s usually featured a kazoo, and not for laughs either. Along with the mouth organ, it usually soloed and carried the melody.

Some of the most popular (with recordings still in print) are the Memphis Jug Band and Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers.

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Old 01-17-2003, 09:31 AM
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On Eric Clapton's Unplugged album, there was a song with kazoos; I think it was called "San Francisco Bay."
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Old 01-17-2003, 09:34 AM
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UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY by Paul McCartney ("Hands across the water")

I think the Beatles also used kazoos in the weird part (hah) of Yellow Submarine.
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Old 01-17-2003, 09:47 AM
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It's while since I've heard it (thank goodness), but I believe a kazoo was used in the chorus of Mould Old Dough by Lieutenant Pigeon.
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Old 01-17-2003, 09:48 AM
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It's been a while...
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"Cool, Calm and Collected" by the Rolling Stones off Between the Buttons has a pretty cool kazoo solo.

And good luck finding it, but "Stormy Petrel" by Thunderclap Newman has an amazing kazoo solo. It was one of their singles included on the "expanded" Hollywood Dream cd. Sadly, it now appears to be out of print.
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Old 01-17-2003, 10:01 AM
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Thanks Ike -- my favorite of that genre is probably Tommy Johnson's "I Wonder" -- the only surviving record is in terrible shape but the sound of the kazoo and guitar is truly amazing.

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Define "pop."

Jug bands of the 1920s and 1930s usually featured a kazoo, and not for laughs either. Along with the mouth organ, it usually soloed and carried the melody.

Some of the most popular (with recordings still in print) are the Memphis Jug Band and Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers.
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Old 01-17-2003, 10:23 AM
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This is stretching the definition of pop pretty far, but Leonard Bernstein's Mass has a kazoo section for the children's chorus.
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Old 01-17-2003, 10:36 AM
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"Lady Madonna" by the Beatles
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Old 01-17-2003, 10:46 AM
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That's an alto saxophone, I believe.
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Old 01-17-2003, 02:41 PM
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“Happy Boy” by the Beat Farmers off the Tales of the New West album, with the late Country Dick Montana on lead vocals…
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Are there good kazoos made of metal or something? The only kind I've seen are the cheap plastic toy ones.
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Old 01-17-2003, 03:53 PM
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Yes. You can find them in good music stores. The sound is much louder and punchier than the plastic ones.

Some interesting history:

http://kazooco.com/museum.html

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Are there good kazoos made of metal or something? The only kind I've seen are the cheap plastic toy ones.
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Old 01-17-2003, 04:09 PM
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It sure sounds like a kazoo after the choruses in "This Girls in Love with You" by Dionne Warwick, though it might be a saxophone. Quite a buzz on the mouthpiece.

Wasn't there some group called "Kazoophony" back in the 1970s? I remember checking out a book from the library (when I was 8) called "How to Play The Kazoo" (!) that was written by the lead kazooist of that group.
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Old 01-17-2003, 04:13 PM
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"Corporal Clegg" from Pink Floyd's Saucerful of Secrets album---at least I think that's kazoo.
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Old 01-17-2003, 04:17 PM
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As to the metal vs. plastic debate, I'd have to say that the Hohner plastic kazoo is to kazoos in general like the Fender Stratocaster is to guitars and Ludwig Supraphonic is to snare drums. Plastic kazoos generally give a warmer, darker sound fitted for the studio as opposed to the metal kazoo which is fitted to live playing with its bright timbre.
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Old 01-17-2003, 04:55 PM
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Damnitt, ArchitectChore-I opened this thread to post "Corporal Clegg"! You're right, it is a kazoo...in fact, a whole chorus of kazoos.

The other one I was thinking of was "Hungry Freaks" by Frank Zappa.
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Old 01-17-2003, 07:10 PM
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On Eric Clapton's Unplugged album, there was a song with kazoos; I think it was called "San Francisco Bay."
Which was doen many years earlier by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Who they stole it from, I haven't a clue.
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Old 01-17-2003, 07:21 PM
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Which was doen many years earlier by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Who they stole it from, I haven't a clue.
The original was byJesse Fuller and, yes, it does have a kazoo solo.

Haj
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Old 01-17-2003, 08:03 PM
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FZ also included kazoos at the beginning of "Jewish Princess".
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Old 01-17-2003, 08:15 PM
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Damnitt, ArchitectChore-I opened this thread to post "Corporal Clegg"!
Me too.
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Old 01-17-2003, 08:36 PM
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The most famous song that I can think of with a kazoo is Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, off of the record with the same name (1965, IIRC).

Interestingly enough, he's holding the kazoo on the picture on the album cover -- either that, or it's a crackpipe.
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