Melodica in music

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  • Peter Tosh played Melodica on many Wailers recordings such as "Sun Is Shining" and "Memphis", and also played on numerous sessions for other reggae artists, many of which are collected on his "Arise Black Man" compilation.
  • Alison Goldfrapp, the lead of the electronica duo Goldfrapp, plays the melodica on "Paper Bag" and "U.K. Girls (Physical)" from their debut album Felt Mountain.
  • The Beach Boys use a melodica on "Cabinessence" from the 20/20 album (originally from the Smile sessions) and on the album Friends (The Beach Boys album)
  • Billy Preston can be seen to use a melodica on his Midnight Special performance of "Will It Go Round in Circles."
  • Ratatat use a melodica on their song "Grape Juice City" from their LP4 album.
  • The Rudiments use the melodica on songs from their album Circle Our Empire.
  • Big D and the Kids Table uses the melodica on songs from the album Strictly Rude.
  • A.C. Newman uses the melodica on songs from his album the Slow Wonder.
  • Japanese Jazz Pianist Kokubu Hiroko plays pianica in her album Heaven and Beyond.
  • The Hooters take their name from "the hooter", a nickname for the melodica that is present in so many of their songs.
  • Supertramp's John Helliwell used a melodica on the song "From Now On" on Even in the Quietest Moments and bandmate Rick Davies used it on "It's Raining Again" on ...Famous Last Words...
  • Augustus Pablo popularized the use of the melodica in reggae music. Multiple album covers feature Pablo playing the instrument.
  • The rock band R.E.M. featured melodicas in songs "Find the River" and "Boy in the Well". The latter included a short melodica solo.
  • Strawberry Switchblade use a melodica in their song "Being Cold".
  • In the PDQ Bach oratorio "Oedipus Tex", a melodica is used as the continuo instrument.
  • In recent years, British musician Damon Albarn has frequently used the melodica, most notably on the movie soundtrack 101 Reykjavík, on the Mali Music collaboration project and with animated band Gorillaz. In their self-titled debut album the instrument heavily features in the popular singles "Clint Eastwood", "Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo?)", and "Tomorrow Comes Today". It has also been noted that Gorillaz vocalist 2D is a "melodica maniac". Albarn's other uses of the melodica can be found on Blur's 1999 album 13, with the instrument playing Mellow Song's main hook, and his solo album Democrazy. This may be why the melodica is listed as one of Gorillaz cartoon singer 2D's interests on MTV Cribs.
  • Played by Torngat's Pietro Amato.
  • The band Faith No More uses this instrument as well. It is played by Mike Patton, the vocalist, during the songs "Midnight Cowboy" and "This Guy's in Love with You". Patton has also used the melodica in his band Fantomas to play the intro to the cover version of the theme to The Godfather in both a live setting and on the album The Director's Cut.
  • Jump, Little Children made use of the melodica on their early albums The Licorice Tea Demos and Magazine. It is played by Matthew Bivins on numerous songs.
  • The band The Builders and the Butchers uses a melodica in their song "Short Way Home."
  • The band Oasis uses a melodica in the song "Champagne Supernova".
  • In live shows & on the original recording Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy plays a melodica on the song "She's in Parties".
  • The melodica is used prominently in the bridge of Depeche Mode's 1983 single "Everything Counts".
  • Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident often uses a melodica in a number of songs and very randomly, due to the improvisational nature of the band.
  • The melodica is also featured in the song "Cash Machine" by British band Hard-Fi, played by singer songwriter Richard Archer, which opens the group's debut album Stars of CCTV.
  • Other bands, such as Cake and The Magic Numbers, also use the melodica. Although Cake's Vincent DiFiore has played the instrument on one recent song ("End of the Movie", from 2004's Pressure Chief) and used it in their music video for "The Distance", The Magic Numbers have a full-time melodica player, Angela Gannon (although she also provides backing and occasional lead vocals, and does not play melodica on every song).
  • Musical comedy duo member Chris Hardwick (of MTV's Singled Out fame) plays the melodica on Hard 'n Phirm '​s debut album Horses and Grasses.
  • In live shows, The Decemberists have been known to bring a melodica out on occasion, in particular for The Tain.
  • Ben Folds used a Melodica on the song "Smoke" both live and in the studio; Folds also utilized the melodica during live shows to perform the clarinet parts of "Steven's Last Night in Town." Both songs are found on the 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen.
  • Jon King of the British post-punk band Gang of Four frequently played a melodica in their earlier records.
  • Ollie McGill of the Australian band The Cat Empire often plays melodica along with his keyboard.
  • A sample of a melodica is on John Frusciante's (Red Hot Chili Peppers Ex-guitarist) album Curtains. It is played near the end of "A Name".
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers song "On Mercury" from their 2002 album, By the Way, contains a melodica throughout.
  • Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette doubled on melodica on his debut recording as leader, The DeJohnette Complex from 1968. He also plays melodica on other albums, including Special Edition from 1980 with alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, tenor saxophonist David Murray and cellist Peter Warren.
  • Jazz pianist John Medeski often plays a melodica during encores in performances with avant-garde jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood.
  • New Order's opening to "Love Vigilantes" (From Low-life) features a prominent melodica solo, as well as "Truth", (From Movement), "Hurt" (the b-side to "Temptation"), "Your Silent Face" (From Power, Corruption & Lies), "Angel Dust" (From Brotherhood), "Fine Time" (From Technique) and "Run Wild" (From Get Ready).
  • Donald Fagen on "Mary Shut The Garden Door" from his solo album Morph The Cat; as well as "IGY" from The Nightfly.
  • Steely Dan (Donald Fagen on Melodica) on "Babylon Sisters" and "Hey Nineteen" from Gaucho
  • Belle and Sebastian's song "Electronic Renaissance" from the album Tigermilk features a melodica solo.
  • The Go! Team's song "Huddle Formation" features one throughout.
  • Jack Johnson uses the melodica on his song "If I Could" on the album In Between Dreams and on "No Good With Faces" on the album "To the Sea"
  • Jack Johnson uses the melodica on his rendition of the song "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
  • Grammy-winning salsa jazz singer-songwriter Alexa Weber Morales plays a melodica intro and solo on her song "When the Night is Cool" on her 2011 album "I Wanna Work For You". [1]
  • Joy Division use it on their "Closer" song "Decades", and also on a demo version of "In A Lonely Place" (later redone by New Order).
  • Umphrey's McGee use it on "Liquid" both on their album Safety In Numbers and their live show.
  • On The Desert Sessions 9 & 10, PJ Harvey plays the melodica during the song, "Holey Dime".
  • Dave McCabe of the Zutons plays melodica on the instrumental "Zuton Karmun".
  • Franny Griffiths of Space played melodica on some of Space's songs, such as "Hell's Barbecue" and "Spiders".
  • Serj Tankian plays one in the Axis of Justice song "Jeffrey Are You Listening?".
  • Franz Ferdinand used a melodica in their song "40".
  • The Jack's Mannequin song "La La Lie" contains a brief melodica lead during the bridge of the song.
  • BLACKstreet's 1997 hit "Don't leave me" from their album Another Level features a melodica solo.
  • The Society of Rockets feature the melodica prominently on their song, "The Flood". The band's previous incarnation, The Shimmer Kids Underpop Association, utilized the melodica frequently, most notably on "The Hangman's Come-On".
  • The band My favorite frequently uses the Melodica.
  • In the Cyndi Lauper video for "Money Changes Everything", the keyboard player plays a melodica.
  • A member of The Residents played melodica on the "Demons Dance Alone" tour.
  • John Lennon can be seen and heard playing the introductory notes to "Strawberry Fields Forever" on a melodica in a hotel room in the film The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit which was filmed in February 1964, two years before the song was properly written and three before it was released.
  • Emmanuel del Real Díaz from Café Tacuba often plays a melodica.
  • The Indigo Girls use a melodica frequently, including in their song "Dead Man's Hill" off the Swamp Ophelia album.
  • When live in concert, Jars of Clay uses a melodica for a cover of the Gerry Rafferty song "Baker Street", in which Dan Haseltine uses the melodica in lieu of the original saxophone for the chorus of the song.
  • Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock used a melodica in the recording of the soundtrack for the film Blow-Up.[2]
  • Mario Fueyo, a versatile Asturian musician also known as Dark la eMe, plays a melodica in one song at concerts of the band Dixebra.
  • The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra songs "Ska Me Crazy", "the PIRATES", "Skarada", and others feature a melodica prominently.
  • Pianist Erich Overhultz plays a Suzuki melodica on "Gus", an original instrumental from his 2006 CD Music, Miscellany, and the Miracle of Life. He played the same instrument with the Magic City Rhythm Kings on their 1984 reggae gospel release "He Loves He Lives".
  • Shehan Nattar plays a Hohner 32 melodica frequently on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, an instrumental rock album by the Heavenly Oceans.
  • The 2004 hit manga/anime Nodame Cantabile used several Melodica in a big band arrangement of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Similarly, the live drama adaptation used the same instrument performed by the Nodame Orchestra (which was supervised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra).
  • British Rock Band Keane used a melodica for the bridge in their b-side "Fly to Me", a fan favorite.
  • British rock band Clinic features a melodica frequently both live and on record.
  • Man Man incorporates several melodicas into their live show.
  • During Primus' live shows in 2003 during the song "Sathington Waltz", a friend of the band named Adam Gates would appear on stage and play a melodica in a George Bush mask. He would also appear during the last song of the Sailing the Seas of Cheese set on the song "Los Bastardos", playing one of Les Claypool's basses while Claypool himself would play drums.
  • The Eels use a melodica in the song "The Bride of Theme From Blinking Lights" on the similarly titled 2005 CD Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. Bandmember The Chet can be seen playing it on the Eels with Strings: Live at Town Hall DVD.
  • The Kinks use a melodica played by Nicky Hopkins on their hit single "Sunny Afternoon".
  • Smoosh has introduced the melodica to their keyboard line-up in their song "In the Fall".
  • Say Anything used a melodica on the song "I Want To Know Your Plans" from their album ...Is a Real Boy
  • The Icelandic musical group múm are well known for both recording with and using melodicas live, sometimes with the entire band playing them on stage in unison.
  • YouTube hit Julia Nunes uses the melodica to add complexity to many of her original songs and covers.
  • The melodica is the main instrument in the intro/theme song for the US version of the TV sitcom The Office.
  • American multi-instrumentalist and Royal Danish Ballet musician James Howard Young has transcribed and performed several Bach orchestral works for overdubbed melodicas including soprano, alto, and bass.[3]
  • The San Francisco indie rock band, Girls, use the melodica in their song "Lust For Life" on their album titled Album. It is used during the outro of the song.
  • Benny Davis, keyboardist and vocalist for the Australian comedy band, The Axis of Awesome is commonly seen with a melodica.
  • The Korean musicians Yozoh and Yeongene play melodica.
  • Korean-American artist Clara Chung plays a melodica in her song "Offbeat", the lead single on her first album, Art in My Heart.
  • Duo Penguinistan uses melodica in combination with classical guitar.
  • Punk Band Hed PE is known for using a melodica played by frontman Jared Gomes
  • Combustible Edison use a melodica as principal instrument in the song "Alright, Already", from the álbum "Schizophonic"
  • Raul Emilio Reyes plays melodica in Melodica, Melody & Me, in 2010 released Piece Me Back Together/ Plunge on Everybody's Stalking, in 2011 released Come Outside/ Ode to Victor Jara
  • Garth Hudson of The Band uses a Melodica on their song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."
  • Tim Convy of the band Ludo plays a melodica in the song "Streetlights", from the album "You're Awful, I Love You". He also uses it for acoustic sets and during live performances.
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn uses a melodica in some of its tracks, such as Green Greens.
  • British band Will and the People use melodica for numerous songs, most notably during acoustic sets when they perform their single "Lion In The Morning Sun."
  • Miikka Huttunen of Alamaailman Vasarat uses the melodica in some of the band's songs.
  • Clan of Xymox uses melodica in the song "Imagination" from the album "Twist of Shadows".

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