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Good songs for Kazoo breaks?

Sky Sailor 24 Sep 07 - 04:05 AM
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Subject: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:05 AM

A couple of weeks ago I did 'San Francisco Bay Blues' at the local sing-around. I handed out a number of kazoos so that the others could join in. It went down a storm. Any suggestions for other songs that might lend themselves to similar silliness would be greatly appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: TheSnail
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:10 AM

A friend of mine called John Joseph in Sussex UK does a song called "Mulligan's Tyres" (Mulligan being a bus driver) to the tune of Mull of Kintyre with the audience providing the bagpipe intrumental break on kazoos. He usually ends up forgetting to recollect the kazoos.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:21 AM

There used to be a group called the Lost T-Shirts of Atlantis (Possibly London based). They did their own songs but had influences from folk and skiffle, 60'spop and 70's pshychodelia. Visually they were sort of - punk meets the Monkees.
One of the instruments which featured occasionally was a Rolf Harris type Stylophone which was wired via a very long lead into the amplification system.
One particular song contained an extended instrumental break, during which the stylophone was taken round the audience so that members could join in the instrumental. I recall one outdoor gig At McRory's Bar in Bradfors when it was given to a puppy, which was playing more musically than some other audience members had managed.
Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:26 AM

Of course the only problem with giving an audience kazoos or other noise making gadgets, is that once thay have them they WILL use them.

You could also find yourself in a situation where, when you collect the kazoos up at the end of the evening, that you end up with several more kazoos than you started with. If you are particularly unlucky you could find they have also left you several bodhrans, fiddles, bajoes, accordians etc...
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:28 AM

TheSnail,
Mulligan's Tyres sounds great. Any chance of the lyrics?
DErek


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:30 AM

GtD
Yes, I found that also! The Parting Glass to kazoo accompaniment leaves a lot to be desired!
Derek


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:32 AM

There's that Tom Paxton (?) song about the strange toy that goes "****" when it walks, and "&&&&" When it stops and "@@@@@" When it stood still...", which lends itself to audience sound effects, but with individuals given different types of noise maker.
Kazoo fits perfectly in Simon & Garfunkle's The Boxer during the "LY Ly LY" bit.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous and wish to include table top percussion, the opening theme from Also Sprach Zarathustra is worth a try.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: The Villan
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:35 AM

Does this link help.

http://nwfolk.com/songlists/kazoo.html


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:43 AM

The Villain
Thanks for the link. Being from the North West of England, I am not familiar with many of the songs listed. Jesse Fuller is certainly a good source of possibles. 'How Long Blues' is one that tempts me.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: TheSnail
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:48 AM

Sky Sailor

Mulligan's Tyres sounds great. Any chance of the lyrics?

I'll have a word with John next time I see him. He is also known to lob fruit and veg into the audience. Providing the opposition with ammunition seems positively suicidal.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:50 AM

That reminds me. Hey Jude is a good one. Obviously Yelllow Submarine goes as well, but better if the kazoos are painted yellow with little round portholes along the sides.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:51 AM

TheSnail
He sounds like my sort of guy!!
Derek


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: The Villan
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 05:35 AM

Any Lonnie Donegan song should be good for using the Kazoo with.

Didn't Donovan use the Kazoo on "Keep on Trucking Momma" or something like that.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 05:39 AM

I was at a festival in Slovakia a couple of weeks ago where a band was playing something like Slovakia's answer to Playford, in period costume using mostly-period instruments (violin, double bass, drum and cittern-pandore-thingummy doing a rhythm-guitar-like part); their arrangements were rather like the Broadside Band's but the melodies were Eastern European. For some numbers, the c-p-t player played what looked to be a subcontrabass kazoo at the same time - it was about two feet long, made of wood with the bark still on, and he sang a tenor line through it.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: The Villan
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 05:46 AM

Mrs Sooz is good on the kazoo!


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 06:40 AM

I have seen a kazoo taped in place of a cornet/bugle type instrument mouthpiece - interesting sound!


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: The Villan
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 06:50 AM

Jet Skiffle & Blues have a brasso tin attached to the kazoo.

Brasso Kazoo


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 07:18 AM

Any song written or arranged by Jesse Fuller will do. Try I Double Double Do Love You or I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do. You can also try his arrangement of I Want a Gal Just Like the Gal That Married Dear Old Dad.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Splott Man
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 07:34 AM

Anything with a distinctive guitar break works, like
Hi Ho Silver Lining.
Whole Lotta Love
Smoke on the Water
Wonderful Tonight

or
Battle of New Orleans


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 07:40 AM

Last of the great Whales?


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Mark H.
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 08:22 AM

Kill the Wabbit.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: stallion
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 09:44 AM

"Just another perfectly Ordinary Day" Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band (NZ)


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Splott Man
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 11:39 AM

It's amazing how a chorus of kazoos can enhance such songs as...

The Blacksmith
She Moved Through the Fair
or Green Fields of France

Try it next time someone sings it at your club.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 12:27 PM

Geoff the Duck is being too modest here. His one man band banjo and kazoo duet of "Deliverance" (aka "Duelling Banjos") is a masterpiece.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: melodeonboy
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 12:40 PM

When I'm Cleaning Windows.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 01:57 PM

Richard
Now we are talking!! I gave up 5-string banjo in favour of a tenor (Irish tuned) 12 months ago. You have set me a challenge!
Has this masterpiece been recorded for posterity?
Derek


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Cluin
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 02:07 PM

Macnamara's Band (if you can stomach it)


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: jeffp
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 02:16 PM

Arlo Guthrie's Ring-Around-the-Rosie Rag does very nicely with a kazoo break. I used to perform it that way.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 02:46 PM

San Francisco Bay Blues (at times almost interchangeable with the ring-around-the-rosie-rag)


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 02:48 PM

Oh - the Duck. You might try some people who were at the last (so far) Miskin in case anyone got any of it on thier phone or camera. THat was where I last saw his chef-d'oeuvre done!


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: johnross
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 02:49 PM

Star & Stripes Forever
Buckle Down Winsocki
The William Tell Overture


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Tootler
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 03:25 PM

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band use it to good effect on the Jovial Beggar.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 03:41 PM

Oh Richard - you haven't read the start of the thread!!


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: lady penelope
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 03:43 PM

Alice's restaurant....


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 03:48 PM

JohnRoss
Thanks for the suggestions but:
Stars and Stripes Forever in the UK? No Way!!
(Would you do God Save The Queen?)
The William Tell Overture - The William Patel Overture (Les Barker) is much better:

Poppadom poppadom poppadom dom dom etc.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 04:46 PM

Actually, Sky, I forgot. Time will catch up to you too...


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Amos
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 05:50 PM

Five Foot Two and any of the several thousand numbers that emulate the same chord pattern, such as "Keep On Truckin'" and "My Gal Ain't Got No..." and even, with variations, "Nobody Knows you When you're Down and Out".


A


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 06:13 PM

Try: Boodle Am Shake, Coney Island Washboard, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, Barnyard Dance, How Come You Do Me Like You Do?, Doofus, It Ain't Gonna Rain No More...


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 06:21 PM

I'm Looking Over a Four-leaf Clover
Darktown Strutter's Ball
Sweet Georgia Brown
Ain't She Sweet
Babyface
Kansas City Kitty
It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
Flintstones Theme
Green Acres Theme
Chesapeake Bay


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Amos
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 06:29 PM

And that great old jugband favorite, "'Cuz Youse a Viper". :D



Also, "What a Day for a Daydream!", "K-K-K-Katy", "Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate",
"Everything's Coming up Roses", and "My Gal's a Corker".   You could do a lot with Irish-American Themes from the 1890-190 era, too -- "The Sidewalk of New York", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", "Mavourneen, Mavourneen", "Grand Old Flag", "Harrigan" and so on....


A


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 06:31 PM

Richard
Not far to 60, but running as fast as I can!!
D


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Mike Miller
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 09:51 PM

May I suggest some standard jugband songs that feature kazoo solos.
There are two, basic, "ragtime" patterns.

I////VI7////II7//V7//I//// ////VI7////II7////V7////
I////I7////IV////Idim////I////VI7////II7/V7//I////

Songs like "How Come You Do Me Like You Do, Do, Do?" or "You've Got To See You Papa Every Night Or You Can't See Papa Ar All". For some reason, the kazoo, usually, plays an atonal obligato in that measur with the diminished chord.
or

V7////I////V7////(I////)V7////I//I7//IV/Idim/I/VI7/II7/V7/I//

These songs include "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister, Kate", "We Love A College Girl" and Tom Lehrer's "Vatican Rag".
That measure in parentheses is, often, played tacit.

Good luck and dont forget to tune your kazoo to A440.

                Mike


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 10:10 PM

I'd think the Boolah, Boolah and the similar-sounding Three Stooges episode-wrap jingle are well-known enough to go over well in the US. Any current ad jungle ought to work. I'd love to hear the Vonage commercial "whoo-hoo, whoo hoo hoo" on kazoo and I doubt I could help joining in.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Mike Miller
Date: 24 Sep 07 - 11:32 PM

Susan, did you really say "Boola Boola"? You can't be old enough to remember that chestnut. Did you go to college in New Haven? Do you, also, know "Bulldog, Bulldog, Bow Wow Wow"?

                Mike


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 12:33 AM

My favourte kazoo song was Mark Spoelstra on the old Blues Project alum - playing France Blues.

Anybody else remember that one. there was this wonderful 12 string picking/kazoo solo.

For a while Eddie Condon was tied up with an outfit called The Mound City Blues Blowers that did some good things - with and without Eddie.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: charles92027
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 01:22 AM

He went on his way, and what do you know,
I saw him last night on a TV show.
He was blowin' it out, really knockin' 'em dead,
Playin' Rock-n-Roll music through the horn in his head...


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: johnross
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 01:33 AM

Sailor, if you combine the kazoo break with the "be kind to your web-footed friends" lyrics, I think you could get away with the S&S Forever melody...


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: The Villan
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 03:21 AM

Do you mean this bloke Al

Mark
Spoelstra


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 03:31 AM

Yup


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 05:53 AM

Sky Sailor - the Duelling Banjo and Kazoo has been seen by many mudcatters and has been done on both sides of the Atlantic. It is definitely not an audience participation piece, which is why (Richard) I didn't bring it into this thread. I also haven't mentioned the repertoire of the Windy Bottom Kazoo Ensemble, which I play Bass Kazoo with, as they also are performance pieces (and a right performance thy are too!).

I had always intended to put Duelling Banjo and Kazoo, along with my clawhammer version of Purple Haze and the almost obligatory Stairway to Heaven and the one finger Smoke on the Water, on an LP entitled "Something to Annoy Almost Everybody", but so far haven't quite got around to it.

Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 09:52 AM

I would say ANY song is suitable....my long-suffereing wife & friends would say NO song...


Rts

(buzz buzz, rattle rattle)


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Amos
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 10:10 AM

Raised in an Eli family, I knew Boola Boola, but I don't think it is right for a clutch of kazoos. Also "Bulldog, Bulldog", and the WHiffenpoofs drinking song.

A


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,Jo jo folka g go go
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 10:13 AM

Well, this is an interesting thread -

I would just LOVE to hear Deliverance mixed with Kazoo !!! Great

Well, we have a guy at our club (Norman on the Ukelele - at Havering Folk Club, The Drill, Gidea Park, Essex every Wednesday eve £1) who does a lot of that horrible man Gorge Formby songs, but he also does a lot of other smashing old time numbers from 50s and 60s

and he does not need a Kazoo - he makes the noise himself, which is absolutely FANTASTIC !!!! He is often introduced as "the man who does not need a Kazoo !

Jo-Jo


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Mike Miller
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 10:19 AM

Oh, I don't know, Amos. A kazoo solo in "Boola, Boola" could be a mellow break and, even serve as a rational substitute for the lyrics.
By the way, did you know that "Bulldog, Bulldog" was written by none other than Cole Porter, when he was at Yale. That is a little like hearing that Jaques Brel wrote "Frere Jaques".

                Mike


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 10:24 AM

Mike, at my age it is hard to be sure whether I remember those items personally, or from having been raised by fanatically-musical people who threw at me everything they had in their mental libraries. :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Ernest
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 01:51 PM

Geoff, please do this album! I would love to hear it...

Best
Ernest


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Sep 07 - 02:04 PM

Geoff, I'm waiting for your CD, too!

I have a deep appreciation of the kazoo and am the proud owner of the largest collection of kazoo recordings in New Hampshire -- not one, but TWO LPs of kazoo music. (Yes, dammit, it's music!)

But, uh, don't ask Tom about my comment that you haven't lived until you've heard "Hold On, I'm Coming" (great hit from the '60s) on the kazoo. He most adamantly disagrees.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 27 Sep 07 - 04:52 AM

Of course a kazoo is a real instrument when in the hands of a real musician.
The problem is that it is usually given to people who aren't musicians.

Give a professional percussionist a shakey egg and they will use it as a percussion instrument, producing a not on whichever beat they wish to emphasise.
Give it to the unmusical member of the family just so that they can join in with the fok session and you have people looking for a rope strong enough to attach to a high beam and lift a dead weight...

QUack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Mark H.
Date: 27 Sep 07 - 10:23 AM

Stairway to Heaven.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: David C. Carter
Date: 27 Sep 07 - 12:44 PM

I once did Dylan's'Rainy Day Women'Using Guitar,harp and kazzoo.
It got the biggest round of applause with everyone joining in, making as much noise as possible.
I was asked to repeat it again at the end of the session,Noblesse Oblige!

David


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 27 Sep 07 - 01:50 PM

Sadie Green, the Vamp of New Orleans, as recorded by the Jim Kweskin Jug Band back in the mid-60s. (I looked in the DT to see if this song was in there, but no luck.)

Or, indeed, anything recorded by the Kweskin, or any other, Jug Band, in the 60s, or in any other decade.

When I first saw this thread's title the other day, the very firsat song that came to mind, of course, was Jesse Fuller's San Francisco Bay Blues ~ which, of course, was also the first kazoo-friendly number that the OP had thought of, as well...


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 27 Sep 07 - 07:02 PM

The Barnsley Kazoo Orchestra have a number of tunes in their repetoire notably Dave Bottomely's Camper Van Rag which can be heard here:
http://www.myspace.com/barnsleyfolkclub


(Kazoos unfortunately missing I'm afraid)

Sarah x


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,Billiam
Date: 28 Sep 07 - 12:05 AM

"Sunny Side of the Street" works very well. Also there's a bruce Cockburn tune, "Blues Got the World by the Balls" that has a break where he does that fake trumpet thing where a kazoo would work nicely.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Rowan
Date: 28 Sep 07 - 01:13 AM

About 30 years ago a friend of mine had an EP put out by The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra. Of the four tracks on it the only ones that were memorable enough to stick in my memory bank were "Stayin' Alive", with all the Bee Gees' harmonies replicated, and the opening section of "Also Sprach Zarathustra", with all the written instrumental parts replicated. The latter sounded absolutely fabulous played at half speed.

Best of luck with those CDs.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sky Sailor
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 03:36 PM

Thanks for all your suggestions folks.
But none of you mentioned the classic track by McGuinness Flint - "When I'm Dead And Gone".
Absolutely perfect!!
Sky Sailor.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Kaleea
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 03:50 PM

I a pal o mine can play "Over The Rainbow" on his Musical saw, why not try it on the Kazoo? I, however, have always been particularly fond of "Stormy Weather."
Don't forget that an empty toilet paper roll with tiny needle hole in waxed paper afixed via rubber band is the finest money doesn't buy, & teaches the value of recycling. Ever tried a paper towel roll? Man, that is far out!


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Apr 14 - 12:47 AM

the Rites of Spring. how Stravinsky left a kazoo solo out of that, i'll never know.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,#
Date: 28 Apr 14 - 09:47 AM

"RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?"

I was gonna suggest any song shorter than five seconds.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,eldergirl on another computer
Date: 28 Apr 14 - 12:11 PM

Wagner's overture to Lohengrin. also works v well played on ocarinas.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 14 - 08:45 PM

Some songs have them written into them, e.g. Eric Bogle's Santa Bloody Claus. I did this once at our Christmas ceilidh and a friend did the kazoo solo with THE most incredible rasping noises. As Geoff the Duck said there are grades of ability even with this much maligned instrument!
Closely related of course is the Paper and Comb (if you can get the right sort of toilet paper these days! ) Witness the annual championships in Stonehaven, where there are some amazing sights and sounds (check Youtube for examples!)
And finally, especially for GtD, if you go on the amphibious craft in Singapore known as "The Duck" you will be given a duck simulator to blow. I kept mine, and it has proved very useful on more than one occasion in sessions for various purposes! Quack!


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Apr 14 - 01:54 AM

I can't think of a better song for a kazoo break, than the Grateful Dead's "Ripple."

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,Geoff the Duck
Date: 29 Apr 14 - 04:19 AM

Strange to see this old tread resurface.

My arrangement of Duelling Banjos did finally end up on youtube, although the sound quality is not brilliant (the microphone was directly in line with the banjo, so the kazoo part isn't as loud).
I seem to recall that near the end, my top string came off the bridge, so wasn't playing much either.
That said - Here It Is!

Quack! GtD.


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 29 Apr 14 - 07:21 AM

My idol.

I bow before you, GtD.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Sooz
Date: 30 Apr 14 - 04:00 AM

Awesome Geoff. Now all I have to do is to learn to play the banjo!
Dick Appleton has a fabulous kazoo song on YouTube - have a look.
Dick Appleton's Kazoo song


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Apr 14 - 04:07 AM

....and to think I saw Geoff do this live!!
Seeing this in person, is not something one is likely to forget.
My life is complete.

-Joe, still in awe-


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Subject: RE: Good songs for Kazoo breaks?
From: GUEST,Jon Heslop
Date: 30 Apr 14 - 10:15 AM

We were there; and I'm still having therapy!
No Matron, you didn't hear "Duelling Banjos" (with Kazoo).


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