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Handclaps in Songs? (A Poll)

Poll Results: Handclaps are acceptable only:

 
  • 11% (5)
    in children's songs where the little fucks need to learn rhythm.
  • 8% (4)
    in faux patriotic songs by the likes of John Cougar Melon Balls.
  • 4% (2)
    never.
  • 35% (16)
    if the Def Leppard drummer is doing it, 'cause that's TALENT!
  • 17% (8)
    in avant garde noise shit.
  • 22% (10)
    I hate handclaps in a song until Radiohead does it and then I fall in line.
45 Total Votes  
post #1 of 58
Thread Starter 
I am usually taken out of a tune when I hear people clapping in lieu of real percussion. I'm sure I can't be alone.
post #2 of 58
Clapping for percussion encourages audience participation.

I hate audience participation.
post #3 of 58
I think it can be used well. It doesn't take me out of the song. It might make me think, "Hey, those aren't REAL claps!" which, I suppose is a bit of a distraction.
post #4 of 58
What do you mean? As in sampling clapping to replace the beat in the studio version of the track, or when the drummer stops playing and the audience steps in to do the beat in claps, on live concerts?

I can't think of an example straight away, but a clapping sample can have a good effect if well-applied, and within certain genres.
post #5 of 58
"If you're happy and you know it clap your hands?". What about the kids? You truly are a heartless bastard.
post #6 of 58
Could you provide an example, Nick? Some of my favorite pop songs have handclaps in conjunction with percussion (see pretty much anything by The New Pornographers), but I can't think of anything that bypasses traditional percussion and only uses handclaps.
post #7 of 58
ATTN: Hand Clappers.
post #8 of 58
Usually love it, honestly. Like when Spoon does it. But I am a simple man.
post #9 of 58
The poll options aren't diverse enough.

post #10 of 58
Thread Starter 
Fuck handclaps
post #11 of 58
Does this mean that Nick isn't a fan of tap dancing?
post #12 of 58
Thread Starter 
I killed Gregory Hines
post #13 of 58
God, I bet you hate Tilly and the Wall.
post #14 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick Nunziata
Fuck handclaps
I need to make you listen to all of mainstream hip-hop for the past 3-4 years or so. You'll explode 10 minutes in.
post #15 of 58
Thread Starter 
Well, in my defense, my hands were sexually abused at age 7.
post #16 of 58
Micah, play Kanye's New Workout Plan for him and report back with the results.
post #17 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick Nunziata
Well, in my defense, my hands were sexually abused at age 7.
Did they get the clap?
post #18 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick Nunziata
Fuck handclaps
Yeah, The Fuck Handclaps are the only guys that do it well.

Also, like Matchstick said, listen to some Spoon. Handclaps and a horn section.
post #19 of 58
This should spawn the "Is Cheerleading acceptable in songs?"

which a prompt "Only if Faith No More does it" reply will result.
post #20 of 58
I'm OK with it as long as it's the sound of one hand clapping.
post #21 of 58
I at first misread the title of this thread as Handicaps in Songs, and thought it was about the dearly departed Wesley Willis. He really did whip a llama's ass.


Rock on New York, Rock on Chicago. Chud.com, they don't like clapping.
post #22 of 58
This might be the best poll I've ever read. Mostly because of the final answer. The Radiohead one. It's so fucking true.
post #23 of 58
I love handclaps, so long as they aren't overly happy/campfire-minded, or tongue-in-cheek/ironic.

Good handclaps in Nick Cave's The Weeping Song.
post #24 of 58
Some of my favorite songs have handclaps. Close to Me has handclaps, so does Faith.
post #25 of 58
I only like handclaps when they are awkwardly off beat and out of sync.
post #26 of 58
And a white guy is doing them in a P. Diddy video.

"We aint...goin'...nowhere...we ain't...goin' nowhere...hey honey, I think I got the hang of this rap-hop!"
post #27 of 58
Barbaric!
post #28 of 58
handclaps really only work in funk music. and even then they still need a snare behind it.
post #29 of 58
More Handclaps < More Cowbell

post #30 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick Ripoll
Some of my favorite songs have handclaps. Close to Me has handclaps, so does Faith.
YES.

God, you're really gay. That's fucking beautiful, man.
post #31 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fatboy Roberts
handclaps really only work in funk music. and even then they still need a snare behind it.
I disagree on the first part, since there's plenty of great pop that uses handclaps (a huge part of Phil Spector's output alone justifies handclaps), but, generally speaking, I prefer claps that augment an existing drum beat rather than replace it. The tired, almost off-beat handclaps on Radiohead's "We Suck Young Blood" (and that's the second time I've referenced this song on the boards this week, which is weird since it's not a favorite or anything) is a notable exception to that rule, though. But I fell in line on handclaps long before that song, for the record.
post #32 of 58
I think everyone falls in line with handclaps once they hear the majesty that is "Private Eyes" for the first time.
post #33 of 58
Also -

"Private eyes."
Clap.
"They're watching you."
Clap clap.
"They see your every move."

How do you really argue with that?

EDIT - gravedigger and I are Hall and Oats buddies!!!! So weird.
post #34 of 58
You two planned that, right?

Right?
post #35 of 58
Weird.
post #36 of 58
The power of Hall and Oates creates magical things.
post #37 of 58
Jesus, can we please not start in with the Hall and Oates? If we do, it'll be the second Hall and Oates-based conversation I've had to deal with today. The second. In one day.
post #38 of 58
What about fingersnaps?
post #39 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissZooey
Jesus, can we please not start in with the Hall and Oates? If we do, it'll be the second Hall and Oates-based conversation I've had to deal with today. The second. In one day.
Wait a minute, I don't mean to derail the thread but what do you mean by "had to deal with"? Don't you mean "get to enjoy"?
post #40 of 58
I'm going to go hide in a corner now.

Just talk about fingersnaps. I like fingersnaps...
post #41 of 58
I was just asked to join a band and play on the drummer for Hall & Oates old set.
I don't 100% know how or why this band has it (someone's Dad is H&O's old drummer I think?), but that's what I heard.

I said No.
post #42 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissZooey
YES.

God, you're really gay. That's fucking beautiful, man.
What can I say? I'm a big fan of both the scattershot percussion of new wave and jangly guitar driven pop. And pole.
post #43 of 58
They suck. EXCEPT the synthesizer ones in the Escape from New York score. (see Isaac Hayes introduction)
post #44 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by stump
What about fingersnaps?
or tongue clicks, a la "Drop It Like It's Hot"? I'm waiting for some enterprising producer to incorporate armpit farts into a hit single.
post #45 of 58
One word. Spoons.
post #46 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Nid Hog
One word. Spoons.
Feel the rhythm with your hands. Steal the rhythm while you can. Spoonman.
post #47 of 58
Handclaps and grunge don't mix either, Jim.
post #48 of 58
Many gems offered up, but John Fogerty's "Centerfield" proves Nick's thesis.
post #49 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil!
Many gems offered up, but John Fogerty's "Centerfield" proves Nick's thesis.
Love those cheesy drum machine claps. Peaches would be envlous.
post #50 of 58
Quote:
I can't think of an example straight away, but a clapping sample can have a good effect if well-applied, and within certain genres.
"Jack & Diane"?
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