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August 30, 2011 5:37 AM   Subscribe

SongFilter: Can you name this song I heard on the radio - an instrumental, natch?

On the way into work this morning, I heard an awesome instrumental song. Unfortunately, the playlist on the station's web site seems to have skipped right over it (I see the song that played before it and the song that played after it, but nothing in between) and the DJ isn't picking up the phone.

The radio station plays classic rock, to set the genre. The song was about 4-5 minutes long. Drums, organ/keyboard, and bass featured prominently. If there was guitar, it wasn't heavily featured. The tempo was upbeat, and the bass line that drove the song was extremely catchy. The bass line and drum beat were mostly consistent throughout the song. The vibe that came off was kinda spy-movieish, if that makes sense - it felt like it came from the same time period/genre that inspired the Austin Powers theme song, but not as campy.

The most distinctive thing I can say about the song in words is that about 40 seconds to a minute from the end, the mood of the song changed considerably - the drums and bass drop out completely, and only the organ plays. The feel shifts from the peppy, upbeat tempo to a solemn, almost melancholy melody as the song ends.

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posted by Golfhaus to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Time is Tight, perhaps?
posted by misteraitch at 5:58 AM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


An arrangement of the Peter Gunn theme? It's not uncommon to replace the horns with organ or keyboard - Cherry Wainer did it in the 60s, Art of Noise did it in the 80s.
posted by Ahab at 6:08 AM on August 30, 2011


Most radio stations post playlists online now.
posted by empath at 7:07 AM on August 30, 2011


empath, from OP:

I heard an awesome instrumental song. Unfortunately, the playlist on the station's web site seems to have skipped right over it (I see the song that played before it and the song that played after it, but nothing in between) and the DJ isn't picking up the phone.
posted by palbo at 7:13 AM on August 30, 2011


Was the song that played after it Boston's Long Time?
posted by Balonious Assault at 7:28 AM on August 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


It certainly doesn't fit the "Classic Rock" mold timewise, but other than that, a lot of stuff on the Beastie Boys' instrumental album The In Sound from Way Out! fits the bill.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:30 AM on August 30, 2011


Green Onions?
posted by knile at 1:46 PM on August 30, 2011


First answer, nineteen minutes! SWEET! Thanks, misteraitch et al.
posted by Golfhaus at 3:25 PM on August 30, 2011


Whoops. 21 minutes. I was so blown away by the awesomeness of the group that I forgot how to do math.
posted by Golfhaus at 3:30 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Time is Tight is a great one. The clips misteraitch linked to dates from 1970; three of those guys (Jones, Cropper, and Dunn) are still doing that same song 40 years later:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRGrXwoVn8Y&feature=related

And here's a higher quality version of the 1970 performance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbBcXvKvB08&feature=related

And those same 3 in the 60's:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbYthMXVh-I&NR=1&feature=fvwp

And, finally, I've gotta recommend Booker T's latest, especially his version of Lauryn Hill's "Everything is Everything":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A61c4FgxZz8
posted by at at 8:32 AM on September 2, 2011


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