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Old 04-09-2012, 02:26 PM
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Great Rock/Pop Songs With An Accordion

I was listening to "What It Takes" by Aerosmith. It's a great song, and has an accordion in it.

Then the other day I heard Paul Simon;s "Boy in the Bubble." Also great, also with an accordion. (Or a synthesizer that sounds like an accordion. Same thing.)

Any other examples?
Old 04-09-2012, 02:46 PM
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I don't know what you consider great rock/pop. Most of They Might Be Giants' catalog has accordion. I think a lot of it is great.
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The Stones' "Backstreet Girl" (Brian Jones on accordion).
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Back to the beginning.

Rock Around the Clock. Bill Haley and the Comets featured an accordion.
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Jethro Tull: "Queen and Country"

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"Stereo Love" is a recent dance song with one.
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The Bonzo Dog Band's "The Intro and the Outro" has General DeGaulle on accordion as part of their all-star session musicians.
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The Bonzo Dog Band's "The Intro and the Outro"
Don't forget "My Pink Half of the Drainpipe."
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I think the Band used an accordion from time to time. "When I Paint my Masterpiece" seems to have it.

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Old 04-09-2012, 09:03 PM
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Squeeze Box by The Who, of course. (Though, oddly, the accordion isn't exactly front and center in the mix.)
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"Sweethearts Together" by the Stones, and "Streets of Bakersfield", a country rocker by Dwight Yokum and Buck Owens. Both feature conjunto accordianist Flaco Jiminez.
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I think the Band used an accordion from time to time. "When I Paint my Masterpiece" seems to have it.
Not sure how the original recording was orchestrated, but when The Band reassembled for Dylan's 30th anniversary bash they used two accordians on Masterpiece. For the life of me, I can't remember who was playing them.
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The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out"

Dave Edmunds' "Bail You Out"

John Cougar Mellencamp's "Check It Out"

The Young Rascals' "How Can I Be Sure?"

The Hooters' "Karla With a K"

Billy Joel's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"

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The song is not everyone's cup of tea, but Springsteen's Sandy (4th of July) has great accordion by the late Danny Federici.
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R.E.M. 's "I Believe" isn't bad.
And more recentlly, to great effect on "Oh My Heart."

http://youtube.com/watch?v=eN1f4AFgiAc
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The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out"
That's not an accordion. It's a harmonium, played by John Lennon.
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Got to mention the Dropkick Murphys, with "I'm Shipping Up To Boston."
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Two Bottles of Wine - The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band with Jason Webley. If you find a band rocking harder than that, nuke it from orbit...it's the only way to be sure.
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Not really a rock song, more of a Euro-folk-pop song: "Scenic World" by Beirut. Also, trumpet, and what sounds like a pump organ. Lovely song.

Half of Gogol Bordello's songs, it seems like. I think my favorites are "American Wedding" "and "Not a Crime". And "60 Revolutions" is freaking insane - the accordion riff in that makes me want to break stuff.
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Rock Around the Clock. Bill Haley and the Comets featured an accordion.
That may be, but there's certainly no accordion on the original studio recording of "Rock Around the Clock".
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I think the Band used an accordion from time to time. "When I Paint my Masterpiece" seems to have it.
Yes, Garth Hudson played it sometimes. You can also hear it on "Acadian Driftwood," to name another example.
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Richard Thompson uses the accordion a lot. See this song list. My favorite is "Two Left Feet."
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Not pop, but Windir's 1184, from the album of the same name, is a viking metal song that features a totally rocking accordion solo, no less.
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Jethro Tull: "Queen and Country"
Don't several songs on that album have an accordion?
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There's something that sounds like an accordion in Bruce Hornsby & the Range's Mandolin Rain. This would probably be better posted in the "At Best, Marginally Better Than Average Rock/Pop Songs With An Accordion" thread, though.
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I will be watching this thread, as a friend of mine just told me that she is giving me an old accordion that she has at her house.
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Will the OP accept a concertina in lieu of accordion?

If so, then may I point out the Chemnitzer concertina play of 16 Horsepower? It doesn't fit neatly into rock or pop, but if you like yourself some great music with Old Testament theology, fire, and brimstone (with a pop sensibility), then this is the stuff for you.

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I was struggling to remeber a certain song, and then I did - Long December by Counting Crows
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Eastern European pop and rock make greater use of the accordian than American pop. As I recall from my years in Laredo TX, so does Mexican pop music.
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I was struggling to remeber a certain song, and then I did - Long December by Counting Crows
Being a huge Counting Crows fan, I should have remembered this one.
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I dunno if it's pop enough for you. but I heard of them (and him) before I ever heard the music -- Buckwheat Zydeco songs are absolutely chock full of accordion music.
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I think some of the aforementioned may actually contain concertina (which I guess is technically an accordian.)

To wit: La Bamba; the version by Los Lobos
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Jovanotti, "Regazzo Fortunato". Great early 90s Italian happy, dancey funk track with a concertina solo.
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Half of Gogol Bordello's songs, it seems like. I think my favorites are "American Wedding" "and "Not a Crime". And "60 Revolutions" is freaking insane - the accordion riff in that makes me want to break stuff.
Thank you, I wasn't familiar with their work at all. They make a wonderful addition to my "high revs playlist".
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