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

1 Black Country Woman - Led Zeppelin Black Country Woman - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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 And You and I - Yes Cover Art

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 Unchained - Van Halen Cover Art

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 Cum On Feel the Noize - Slade Cover Art

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 Helter Skelter - The Beatles Cover Art

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

6 Bob Dylan's 115th Dream - Bob Dylan Bob Dylan's 115th Dream - Bob Dylan Cover Art

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

7 Happy Jack - The Who Happy Jack - The Who Cover Art

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

8 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - Metallica Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - Metallica Cover Art

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

9 Daydream Believer - The Monkees Daydream Believer - The Monkees Cover Art

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

10 Revolution 1 - The Beatles Revolution 1 - The Beatles Cover Art

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

The Contenders

11 Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears Cover Art

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 Domination - Pantera Cover Art

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

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

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

19 Bonehead's Bank Holiday - Oasis Bonehead's Bank Holiday - Oasis Cover Art

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

20 Couldn't I Just Tell You - Todd Rundgren Couldn't I Just Tell You - Todd Rundgren Cover Art

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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