Construct A Song
Up For Grabs


(permanent link) added: 2010-05-16 08:28:17 sponsor: DarkSasami edited by: Catbert (last reply: 2012-02-19 08:26:40)

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Up for Grabs

You know that thing where you take one voice or instrument at a time, play a bar or two with each, and just layer them until you've got a whole big awesome music thing going? Can be combined with Calling Your Attacks as each part is added. Seems to be a great way to engage the audience. Hard to describe, though, so here are some examples:

  • The Powerpuff Girls do it twice in the very short song "Love Makes the World Go Round," first with drums > bass > guitar, then with vocals.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival starts "Down on the Corner" like this.
  • Da Vincis Notebook opens their cover of "Stuck in the Middle with You" with a vocal version.
  • "Memphis Soul Stew," by King Curtis, which is also performed on The Simpsons Sing the Blues as "Springfield Soul Stew," introduces each part separately.
  • Sly and the Family Stone has each performer introduce his own instrument in "Dance to the Music."

Updates that have been rolled:

  • Death Cab for Cutie do this in "I Will Possess Your Heart."
  • Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's "The Intro and the Outro" is three minutes of lampshading this.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongebob and Gary manage to get rid of a swarm of music-loving jellyfish this way.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Abaddon's Bolero" is an instrumental example.
  • Strong Bad does this in a non-contiguous fashion in the sbemail "Techno."
  • The majority of the lyrics of "Tighten Up" Archie Bell and the Drells are composed of this.
  • David Ford does this all by himself with "Go to Hell".
  • Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" does this...slowly.
  • The Who's "Baba O'Riley" (Teenage Wasteland) qualifies.
  • The one-episode Fake Band in Even Stevens planned to play their debut concert on the school roof, but each member dropped out for various reasons an only Lewis (drummer) showed up. Refusing to let the band die, he proceeds to play the beat and sing his vocals until the other members join in one-by-one.

Up for Grabs, because words are failing me here. Still looking for a technical term, if it exists!
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