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.
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!
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!
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!