Why are there no more hit instrumentals?

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Why are there no more hit instrumentals?

Post by swelle » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:50 pm

"Green Onions" Booker T. & The MG's
"Wipeout" The Surfaris
"A Walk in the Black Forest" Horst Jankowski
"Classical Gas" Mason Williams (Best selling instrumental of all?)
"Rockit" Herbie Hancock
"Walk Don't Run" The Ventures
"Pipeline" The Chantays
"Rumble" Duane Eddy
"Love is Blue" Paul Mauriat
"Tequila" The Champs
"Nadia's Theme" by ???

HITS! All hits.... and I'm sure you could add more to this list. So why has popular culture turned our back on the instrumental? You can say so much without words. Any theories?

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Post by ;ivlunsdystf » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:54 pm

There was a friggin' huge hit 'bluegrass' instrumental a few years ago. Nickel Creek. I don't know the name of it, but ask anybody who listens to your local "adult contemporary" radio station and they will tell.

Your point is noted, though.

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Post by swelle » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:07 pm

"Dueling Banjos!" "Chariots of Fire!"

A lot of the big instrumentals came from Film and Television (Peter Gunn, the Pink Panther, etc. )... A point was made during the Oscars after the third "Enchanted" crap number - not many "songs" are written for film anymore. It's either big orchestral soundscapes, or just a raided record collection (blame Tarantino + the Big Chill).

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Post by RodC » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:10 pm

lol

better to ask, why dont any of the big hits have instruments in them?

I get tired of hearing autotuned vox on top of some loop in the background, from some cheezy sample.

yep thats a hit.
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Post by jv » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:31 pm

RodC wrote:lol

better to ask, why dont any of the big hits have instruments in them?

I get tired of hearing autotuned vox on top of some loop in the background, from some cheezy sample.

yep thats a hit.
So true. Also, it seems pop music these days is mostly about marketing a face and/or image. And it's hard to do that with an instrumental.
Let us not forget this monster instrumental:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1mV_5-bRPo

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Post by swelle » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:39 pm

OR THIS MONSTER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAxb72cssGE

(Which, for some reason, NFL no longer plays at half-time!!?) :wink:

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Post by Cellotron » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:42 pm

jv wrote:
RodC wrote:lol

better to ask, why dont any of the big hits have instruments in them?

I get tired of hearing autotuned vox on top of some loop in the background, from some cheezy sample.

yep thats a hit.
So true. Also, it seems pop music these days is mostly about marketing a face and/or image. And it's hard to do that with an instrumental.
Let us not forget this monster instrumental:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1mV_5-bRPo
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Post by AstroDan » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:51 pm

Was that 'Frankenstein'? I'm on dial up...

Jan Hammer's 'Miami Vice Theme' was only 23 sweet years ago.

Looking into it a little, it appeared that a lot of instrumentals coincided with technology and genres; guitar amplification, synthesizers, disco, techno, etc...
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Post by AstroDan » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:00 pm

...I just saw the 'Frankenstein' clip. No wonder 2600's go for four grand.
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Post by swelle » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:10 pm

What about "Axel F.'s Theme"?

One of the last big ones from my school days was that "N-n-n-n-Nineteen! Nineteen!" song. "In WWII, the average age of a soldier was 25; in Vietnam, it was... N-n-n-nineteen!" Who was that?

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Post by JGriffin » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:18 pm

swelle wrote:What about "Axel F.'s Theme"?

One of the last big ones from my school days was that "N-n-n-n-Nineteen! Nineteen!" song. "In WWII, the average age of a soldier was 25; in Vietnam, it was... N-n-n-nineteen!" Who was that?
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Post by tubetapexfmr » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:13 pm

That Kernraft 400 Zombie Nation song is mostly instrumental. At least they always play just the instrumental hook at every sporting event since it came out. That shit is only a few years old. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5LW07FTJbI

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Post by tubetapexfmr » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:18 pm

While on the subject let's not forget my favorite instrumental: Sleepwalk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_fdnTR8zbI

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Post by Rolsen » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:24 pm

Dude! What about Yngwie's latest!

Oh, you said 'hit' not '*hit'

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Post by swelle » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:36 pm

While that 'zombie' might be an instrumental, I don't think it qualifies as a song.

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