What's your favourite "Easter Egg" in a song?
One of the topics that came up today on the "Afternoon Rock Ride" was the sound of Steven Tyler throwing the lyric sheets to their latest single "Lover Alot" in the air after screaming the last note at the end of the song, in efforts to say, "that's a wrap!"
Usually, an engineer will clean up these subtle "mistakes" or background sounds in a song before pressing the final copy, but every so often, the decision will be made to leave in such nuances in the form of an "easter egg" or hidden gem in a song. Sometimes you can hear a song a hundred times before even noticing it! These are some of my favourite aspects of recorded music and I figured, why not ask you what some of your favourite "easter eggs" are in music?
Here's a bunch that were emailed (email@example.com), texted (11-977) or tweeted (@buttshow) to me this afternoon..
- At the end of "Rearview Mirror" from Pearl Jam, we hear Abbruzzese (drummer) throw his drumsticks after finally nailing the track. (@naveed4am via Twitter)
- The alarm clock triggered by Mal Evans in The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" just after first the orchestral part. It is definitely audible, but actually it was supposed to be a temporary marker while the song was in production. They kept it because it matched Lennon's lyrcs "Woke up, fell out of bed" in the following verse. (Carl Tessier via email)
- The telephone in the middle of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” at 1:38 min mark. (DC via text)
Do you have any to add to the list? There are so many out there!