Studio Chatter


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A music trope. When a band records part of a song, they may sometimes leave in some of the talking that occurred during the recording session. It generally appears at the beginning or end of a song. A subtrope of Throw It In.

Examples: (I know there are more out there, I just can't think of them)
  • The most common one, used by too many bands to count, is the count-off at the beginning: "One, Two, One, Two, Three, Four!"
  • Green Day's "Good Riddance" begins with the guitarist screwing up, cursing, and starting over.
  • The beginning of System Of A Down's "Chop Suey": "We're rolling 'Suicide'"
  • Relient K's "Mood Rings" ends with the singer mumbling "That was terrible..."
  • The Beatles:
    • "Helter Skelter": "I've got blisters on my fingers!"
    • "Revolution #1" (the version on the White Album). "Ah. Take 18. OK"
    • "Get Back". "I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition."
    • "A Day In The Life": "Never to see any other way, never to see any other way, never to see any other way, never to see any other way..."
    • Probably neither the Ur Example nor the Trope Maker, but the Most Triumphant Example of the "countdown" version of this has got to be the "one, two, one, two, three, FAH!" at the beginning of The Beatles "I Saw Her Standing There". The Beatles themselves parodied it later in the into to "Taxman".
  • Motion City Soundtrack's "Shiver": "I think that was finally one of the better ones."
  • Nelly Furtado did this several times on her album Loose, where she threw in bits of her own studio speech as well as studio conversations - beginning of "Promiscuous", "Glow", "Do It", end of "No Hay Igual", and an extended 40 second conversation at the end of "In God's Hands".
  • The end of The Used's "The Taste of Ink" has an outtake with band members complimenting the vocalist.
  • "Holland, 1945" by Neutral Milk Hotel has Jeff Magnum starting with "Two, One, two, three, four..."
  • Almost every song by Bomb The Music Industry! has some chatter after it.
  • In a lot of Jazz recordings (especially big band, or simply those with larger bands), there's often indistinct chatter between the musicians (drowned out due to the instruments). They're usually instructions, words of encouragement, cues, or even small-chit-chat, if you're able to pick out some of the more audible ones. More Egregious in live recordings, obviously.
  • Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine is about 33% this...but then again, so are most of James Brown's songs.
  • The Kinston Trio's "Greenback Dollar" includes a few false starts at the beginning, an unsure dedication ("This song is for Shirley ! *one of the trio, sotto voce :* Shirley whatshername...")... and various swipes at each other during the performance itself. It's a fun recording.
  • The Counting Crows' song "Recovering The Satellites" has an extended bit at the end that's repeated several times; before the last one, we hear the lead singer telling everyone else "Last one!"
  • Great Big Sea has chatter in several songs, which makes sense given their history of Audience Participation. For example, in "Jakey's Gin", one singer excitedly tells the other to start singing an entirely different drinking song.
  • The acoustic songs in Barenaked Ladies' album Everything To Everyone has some very funny chatter at the end where they call each other silly nicknames in Scottish accents.
  • Jonathan Richman counts in "Road Runner" by the Modern Lovers as "one two three four five six". No, the song is in not in 6/8 time.. he's either counting 8th notes and the music kicks on on the 4th beat, or quarter notes and it starts on the 2nd beat of the 2nd measure.
  • Metallica's "Anesthesia: Pulling Teeth" starts with the words, "bass solo, take one". It is, of course, largely a bass solo with some drums.
  • There's at least one other Metallica song where you can here them say "we fucked up in just one place.." at the end.
  • "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys has all kinds of laughter and general chatter in it.
  • Korn has this in a few songs at the beginning or the end of some tracks such as "Clown" (an ongoing conversation between the band members, with joking insults being thrown around), "Wicked" ("Yo, Chuck! We got runnin' mixes in the headphones!"), as well as some recordings of singer Jonathan Davis bursting to tears in the studio.
  • Sum 41 has a silly albeit quite amusing one in their song "We're all to blame". The lead singer mumbles "Far in, ooh..." in a strained voice only to follow it up with a confused "... Are we singing?". Makes you wonder... Far in WHAT, Derek?
  • The final track of Symphony Of Eva, an orchestral arrangement of various music from Neon Genesis Evangelion, ends on what appears to be the main choirgirls and the conductor casually chatting as the audience meanders out of the venue.
  • Pink's song "Missundaztood" ends with someone saying something too quietly to be made out; Pink asks for clarification and then laughs and says, "No I wasn't doin' my damn-ass slacks commercial. This my first single, man!" (The drumming continues, as I recall, through her speech, so it's possible, that this was intended.)
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