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NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: Sting of The Police performs on the Main Stage during Day 3 of the Isle Of Wight Festival 2008 on June 15, 2008 in Newport, Isle of Wight, England. (Photo by Rosie Greenway/Getty Images)

Nowadays, every song released is virtually PERFECT.  Hours and hours of editing take every flaw out of a recording.  Back in the 60s and 70s, though, time and technology sometimes meant mistakes and odd noises remained on some of our favorite songs.  Here are a few but, listen at your peril, you may never hear these songs the same way again!

Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Bassist Rushton Moreve gets temporarily lost at 2:30 but recovers quickly!

Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider) (1969)

Uploaded by Retrospective Soundtrack on 2016-08-09.


Everybody Wants Some – Van Halen

Diamond Dave comes in two bars early with the line “I like the way the line runs up and down those stockings..”  He gets out “I like..” before realizing he jumped in too quickly.  Hear it at 3:35.

Van Halen - Women and Children First - Everybody Wants Some!!

The 2nd Song From The Women and Children First Album.


Helen Wheels – Wings

Unless Paul was being really clever here, his bass comes in a bar too early at 1:08

and a bar too late at 2:07 (doesn’t come til 2:09!)

Paul McCartney & Wings Helen Wheels (2010 Remastered).

Cancion que salio como Single principal del album y salio en el album edicion Americana.


Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

At 1:11, I swear the tambourine player (Hal Blaine) missed a hit and came in too late!

The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

Lyrics: I, I love the colorful clothes she wears And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair I hear the sound of a gentle word On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air Im pickin up good vibrations Shes giving me excitations Im pickin up good vibrations


The Jean Genie – David Bowie

Trevor Bolder is a maniac on this track!  He hits the chorus bass lick a bar early at :47, gets totally lost at 3:16, and recovers back in the pocket by 3:18.

David Bowie - The Jean Genie (Official Video)

Official video for The Jean Genie by David Bowie. Stream David Bowie's greatest hits here ▶ Subscribe here ▶ Socials: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Watch David Bowie's other official music videos ▶ Produced & directed by Mick Rock - San Francisco, October 1972.


I Saw Her Again – Mamas & Papas

There’s debate on whether this is a mistake or a clever mixing move, but I think they jumped the gun singing “I saw her…I saw her again..” at 2:43.

The Mamas & The Papas - I Saw Her Again (Original 1966 Mono 45 RPM Single - HQ)

"I Saw Her Again", a true story of marital infidelity, was the third single release by The Mamas & The Papas and also the third of six Billboard Top 5 singles they would record.


Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Freddie hits a quick clunker piano note at 1:59.  Rare for him!

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)

Subscribe to the Official Queen Channel Here Taken from Jazz, 1978. Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now' Click here to buy the DVD with this video at the Official Queen Store: The official 'Don't Stop Me Now' music video. Taken from 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.


You’re Only Human (Second Wind) – Billy Joel

Billy hesitated on the line, “s-s-s-sometimes that’s what it takes” at 3:55. Legend was his then-wife Christie Brinkley & Paul Simon (who happened to be visiting the studio) suggested he leave it in.

Billy Joel - You're Only Human (Second Wind) (Official Video)

In 1985, Billy Joel released his compilation album top tracks - Volume I & Volume II, which includes Joel's hit tracks from 1973 to 1985. Watch the official music video for 'You're Only Human (Second Wind)', which broke the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and discusses teenage depression and suicide.


Roxanne – Police

:05 in to the song, Sting accidentally sat on a studio piano, then laughs about it!

The Police - Roxanne (Official Music Video)

Listen to more from The Police: Explore the incredible history of The Police and this classic song here: Listen to The Police playlists here: Experience The Police on Half Speed Mastered Vinyl LP: Music video by The Police performing Roxanne. (C) 1978 A&M Records Ltd.


Teacher – Jethro Tull

Listen at 1:32 after the line, “who’d found fun instead of me” for a drum stick click!

Jethro Tull-Teacher with lyrics

Love this entire album. Jethro Tull rulz!!!! This video does not belong to me in any way, all credit goes to Jethro Tull.


Hold On, I’m Coming – Sam & Dave

The horn players stop mid chorus, thinking it ended, but realize their mistake and pick back up.  They drop for two bars at 1:03 but are back by 1:08.

Sam and Dave - Hold on I'm coming

Sam & Dave were an American soul, rhythm and blues (R&B) duo who performed together from 1961 through 1981. The tenor voice was Samuel David Moore (born on October 12, 1935 in Winchester, Georgia), and the baritone/tenor voice was Dave Prater (May 9, 1937, Ocilla, Georgia April 9, 1988, Sycamore, Georgia).


Here Today – Beach Boys 

The Beach Boys do have some talking and extraneous sounds in some of their songs.  Here, from 1:49 – 2:03, a conversation about cameras is going on in the background during the instrumental break, before you hear Brian ask the engineer to rewind the tape to the beginning of that part of the song: “Top Please!”

Here Today by The Beach Boys

The great song "Here Today" by the Beach Boys (On Pet Sounds). Many pictures of the Beach Boys Provided


Do It Again – Steely Dan

They are known as perfectionists in the studio but, on their debut album, there’s a Walter Becker bass clunker (rare for them!) at 2:27.

Do It Again

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Do It Again · Steely Dan Can't Buy A Thrill ℗ 1972 Geffen Records Released on: 1972-01-01 Producer: Gary Katz Composer Lyricist: Donald Fagen Composer Lyricist: Walter Becker Auto-generated by YouTube.


Bang A Gong – T. Rex

Background singers Flo & Eddie of The Turtles sing one too many ‘Get It On’s at 3:19!

T. Rex - Get It On (1971) HD 0815007

T. Rex - Get It On (USA: Bang A Gong (Get It On)), ein Hit 1971.Audio-CD-Sound zu altem Video-Material aus TV-Show. Sound replaced by audio-cd-sound. Full song.


Louie Louie – Kingsmen

The lead vocalist hesitates just after the break, but the drummer covers nicely with a nifty fill at 1:57!

Louie Louie The Kingsmen {Stereo}

1963....#2 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 / CD available @ / To find out more about spectral editing and sound source separation, go to


OK, this one isn’t on a song but I love the song and video!

Here It Goes Again – OK Go

This low budget video is so freakin cool!  As perfect as it looks, the guy in the red pants slightly slips at :59..

OK Go - Here It Goes Again

Music video by OK Go performing Here It Goes Again (The Treadmill Video). #OKGo #HereItGoesAgain #Vevo #Indie #VevoOffiical #audio


If you hear of any more cool sounds or mistakes, I’d love to hear about them!

~ @andregardner