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I say definately good.
example of it being done well. I can't think of songs that use it badly but handclaps definately can be awful/ruin songs in the wrong places. That's the same for anything though really.
Except when bands try to make the audience do them when they're playing live. I'm not down with that.
but feel as though i should be clicking ^ This instead. Desperately confusing.
you mean but can't remember it's name off the top of my head. Public Witness Program from In on the Kill Taker has similarly excellent handclaps, more bands should use them.
they've got handclaps. It ruled. There's a few othe tunes too... and it sounds wicked.
But yes - Audience clapping along - BIG NO NO.
up there with the cowbell in terms of essential ingrediants to making essential music
I saw animal kindom the other night and, considering their debut single is out next week, they were trying to get the audience to handclap along and it was a serious WTF moment, surely you have to know the song to clap along first?
on the new amy blue </JAGtastic - out in two weeks!> album I insisted on handclaps for the end of a song, the studio guy told us that we needed to slap our thighs to get a more realistic clapping sound, but I think he was trying to make us look silly after days of annoying him with feedback drones!
told me, years ago, that all pro studios used a sample of the perfect handclap, and most clappy bits on records we liked were the same perfect repeated single clap mixed to sound unique. blatent lie i know now.
anyway, for ace sounding handclaps, have wet hands. true.
End of argument.
They makes songs at least 25% better in most cases. Radiohead would be the best band in the world if only they used more handclaps.
that was in reply to anyone who wants to post that handclaps are anything other than the best thing ever.
I might get a t shirt printed with that on it.
them when they're bringing the funk(house of...)live not so keen, if you ever go to a festival in europe those fckers love to clap along to anything.....they were clapping along to sigur ros for christs sake
off Panda Bear's Young Prayer album closes this question with a resounding YES.
red faces all round.
in the audience - BAD BAD FUCKING MORONS BAD!!!
nothing more annoying than an audience who think that slapping their hands together in an ill-fitting time signature enhances anyones enjoyment or improves the bands performance.
So there's about 4 NO's to audience clapping here. who is doing it then?
are great. There's one Destroyer song (Libby's First Sunrise?) where it's embarrassingly difficult to get the rhythm *cough* but yeah, thumbs up for handclaps.
Live only works if it's spontaneous. I don't like it when singer prompts me. Cos, y'know, I'm a rebel who doesn't like being told what to do. The exception is Those Dancing Days gal--she can tell me what to do. Cos, you know...
The defence rests.
Take Prince for instance. He invites it, it works, and he mocks the crowd when they get it wrong..
Of course he does also try to get several thousand people to clap on the off beat so i guess they all had it coming for even attempting in the first place..
very very good
and even good live.
ores by youthmovies being the prime example.
http://www.myspace.com/jordaanmason - The song 'Two Open Arms'
... and Nina Simone's 'By My Husband'
when used appropriately. also awesome when used as proper percussion to act like a snare beat instead of a snare or mixed with a snare so you can't quite tell its a handclap.
...I'd also like to salute some of the other lo-fi tricks of the trade: whistling, humming, finger clicking, foot stomping, kazooing, singing into a megaphone, paper and comb, Fisher Price instruments etc.
they must be joyless bastards.
The Features : The Way It's Meant To Be is proof. Absolute perfection.
Fugazi - Public Witness Program
you know the one i mean.