Andre Gardner

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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!


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.


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!)


Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

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


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.


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!


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.


Roxanne – Police

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


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.


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!”


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.


Bang A Gong – T. Rex

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


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..


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

~ @andregardner

Andre Gardner is a 45 year radio broadcast professional who continues to live the dream.