Top 10 Songs Featuring Studio Chatter

Normally, when editing an album, any studio chatter before or after the song is removed. However, some songs feature the studio chatter left in, either to give the impression of a live take or because of a funny joke. The songs on this list must be finished versions; no outtakes or alternate versions allowed. Feel free to add more examples, as always; my lists thrive on your contributions.

The Top Ten Songs Featuring Studio Chatter

1 Black Country Woman - Led Zeppelin

At the beginning of the tune, the engineer asks Jimmy Page where to route the signal and asks if they want him to eliminate the sound of an airplane passing by. The reason why he asked is because they recorded this song outside, and he was picking up a lot of noise. - Gg2000

2 And You and I - Yes

At the very beginning of the song, you can hear guitarist Steve Howe say "Ok" before playing the intro. I imagine they caught his voice by mistake and were unable to remove it. - Gg2000

3 Unchained - Van Halen

In the middle of the quiet part, while David is joking around, you can hear producer Ted Templeman say "Give me a break, Dave", to which he replies, "One break coming up! ". - Gg2000

4 Cum On Feel the Noize - Slade

Noddy Holder said that the "Baby, baby, baby" at the beginning of the song was him testing the microphone and that it wasn't originally meant for the song. - Gg2000

This one sounds the most naturally incorporated - Metal_Treasure

5 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

At the end of the song, Ringo screams "I got blisters on my fingers! ". - JCHOW

6 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - Metallica

At the beginning of the song, you can hear the engineer say "Bass solo, take one". Lars Ulrich said that they did it on purpose to tell the listeners that they were hearing a bass solo. He doesn't know which take it really is; they had the engineer say "take one" regardless of which take it was. - Gg2000

7 Bob Dylan's 115th Dream - Bob Dylan

The song begins with Bob Dylan starting the song by himself and laughing hysterically. He starts over with a full band backing him. - Gg2000

8 Happy Jack - The Who

The song ends with Pete Townshend yelling "I saw ya! " to Keith Moon. Apparently, Keith would sit in on vocal overdub sessions and make everyone laugh so much they couldn't get any work done. They banned him from entering the booth during vocal sessions, which led to a game where he would try to sneak into the session. Pete caught him at the last moment, and it ended up on the record. - Gg2000

9 Revolution 1 - The Beatles

At the beginning, you can hear a false start and engineer Geoff Emerick say "Uh, take two". - Gg2000

10 Daydream Believer - The Monkees

The full, uncut version includes Davy Jones asking producer Chip Douglas which take they were on, with the other Monkees replying, "7A! ". - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears

After the song dissolves into cacophony, you can hear the drummer saying, "That wasn't too good." Everybody in the band laughs. - Gg2000

12 Domination - Pantera

At the start of the record,before the song kicks in.

13 One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey
14 Born on the Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
16 Light My Fire - The Doors
17 Lean Woman Blues - T. Rex

You can hear the band setting up for another take. Marc Bolan starts the song off by saying, "One, two, buckle my shoe! ". - Gg2000

18 Bonehead's Bank Holiday - Oasis

Noel Gallagher originally wrote the song with the intention of getting Bonehead (their rhythm guitarist) to sing it. Unfortunately, the day they recorded it, Bonehead was too drunk to give off a good performance, so Noel sang it himself. They ended up taking a lot of the studio chatter from the sessions (including Bonehead's attempts of singing the song) and stuck them in the finished product. - Gg2000

19 Couldn't I Just Tell You - Todd Rundgren

The original album version, appearing on the album Something/Anything? , features the end of take one at the beginning of the song. Todd is recording the drums (he recorded all of the instruments by himself) when he screws up and says "Mother of God! ". He then begins take two and starts over, creating the take that appears on the released version. The chatter was edited out of the single version. - Gg2000

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