November 30, 2005

Let’s spread the clap

Ah, the simple handclap. Think of all the feel-good joy it has added to your musical life. This underrated form of percussion gets its dues today on the Fuel blog.

You may not realize it, but many a song to which you say, “Oh! That is infectious good-time fun right there!” relies on the handclap to add a certain joie de vivre to it. Classic handclap songs include Jack & Diane (Mellencamp, John or John Cougar, not sure at that juncture in his career which he preferred) and, of course, who can forget Hall & Oates on Private Eyes (they’re watching you)?

I have hand-selected (ooh, no pun intended) for you, my loyal readers, four more recent tracks which keep the handclap alive, just for fun. For your listening pleasure:

You’re So Damn Hot, OK Go (love this band, more on them later)

When U Love Somebody, Fruit Bats

Shuffle Your Feet, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Hello Conscience, The Zutons

And I am not the only one thinking about handclaps lately. Check out Cokemachineglow’s list of the Top Eight Uses of Handclaps in Pop Music.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my holiday music EXTRAVAGANZA! (sorry, no Kenny G). I’ve put together a nice little CD-length mix for you to take with you to gramma’s house, or wherever this Christmas season takes you.

1 Comment

  • “Hurry Up Let’s Go” by The Shout Out Louds is another great hand-clapper.

    Lin Wilde — August 16, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

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Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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