You know those clinking bottles in Bob Marley's "Jammin'"? Help me think of other popular songs that have what I am calling "persistent superfluous percussion".
I was driving home tonight from doing my regular Thursday night trivia show (yes, this is important) and heard "Jammin'
" on the radio - classic reggae song, one of Bob Marley's greatest hits, heard it a thousand times before - but this time I heard and was struck by the repeated "clink-clink-clink" of the bottles being played as percussion, and trust me, once you hear it you can't NOT hear it. This is the type of percussion that doesn't seem to add anything of value to the song as a whole, because it blends into the background most of the time, but if you hear it by itself it really stands out, and it just. keeps. going. Persistently.
I guess the classic example would be Don't Fear the Reaper
, because the cowbell was both so persistent and so superfluous that it spawned a whole Saturday Night Live skit (which I can't link because NBC has blocked it), but I'm sure there are many more, less obvious examples. I would love to put together a playlist of songs with this feature and use them in a trivia night (see how I worked the question angle in?!?)
Again, I'm looking for popular songs (of any genre, really) that have persistent percussion that you might not notice at first (and which doesn't seem to add much to the song) but which really stands out when you do notice it. Any other or better examples?