questionscan you name a "mainstream" song that has a…

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Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck

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don't know why, but the first song that popped in my head was "Rhythm of the Night" by DeBarge.

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Maybe something by Sheila E.? When I think of percussion, I think of her, but I don't know much of her music.

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I'll give you another one:

David Bowie - Blue Jean

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Oh geez, how was this not the first thing that popped into my head?

Love My Way by the Psychedelic Furs

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I have a version of I can see clearly now (the rain is gone) which I am sure has a xylophone, with kind of a reggae sound to it, but I can't find it on google and I don't have my tunes with me. I'll have a look at lunch.

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I've always thought it sounded like a xylophone at the beginning of "Backfield in Motion" by Mel and Tim. Also "Everybody Plays the Fool" by the Main Ingredient. But I don't know, maybe I have mis-identified the instruments.

How about "Grazing in the Grass" by Friends of Distinction or the original by Hugh Masekela? I know there is cowbell in that one, but please don't penalize me for mentioning it! I can't afford to lose any more points!

@moondrake: Is your "I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff or the original Johnny Nash version?

I love this question, by the way.

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I think The Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone

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@slydon: You got mine!
So I cheated and went Whicker-Pedia
Marimba was played famously by Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones' songs "Under My Thumb" and "Out of Time."
"Island Girl" by Elton John and "Moonlight Feels Right" by Starbuck also prominently feature the instrument.
Ruth Underwood played an electrically amplified marimba in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention.
Art Tripp played the marimba on several of Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band's albums, most notably on Lick My Decals Off, Baby and The Spotlight Kid.
Victor Feldman played the marimba on several of Steely Dan's early albums. It is played at the start of "Mamma Mia" by ABBA.
Percussionist Evelyn Glennie has collaborated with Björk and can be heard playing the marimba on Post and Telegram, as well as "Oxygen."
Thompson Twins included marimba in their many '80s works.
Jack White played marimba on "The Nurse", a song on The White Stripes' album Get Behind Me Satan.

tada!

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I actually play both of these instruments........

Starbuck - Moonlight Feel Right

it might be a xylophone in this song being played with hard rubber mallets

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@kbsig106 Have you listened to the Barenaked Ladies at all? They have many songs using and accordion, banjo, and flute...instruments that most mainstream bands simply don't use.

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The female of the species is more deadlier than the male.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1NBpVKWh_c

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Rhythm Method - Neil Peart Concert Drum solo...and other concert drum solos.

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@supersox: I have and love hearing the banjo (thinking of Fleetwood Mac - Say you Love Me -Lindsey is playing it) - wanted to single out a percussion instrument other than the usual aux attachments to my 6 piece pearl export pro - circa 1989!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF5BlL5UH24

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"Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones immediately springs to mind, although that may technically be a Mellotron or other synthesizer... Still, probably the most famous song featuring a marimba sound.