Saturday, October 3, 2009


In honor of hand-claps: we tried our best picking authentic claps and not synth-generated ones.


Acid House Kings - "Do What You Wanna Do" (2005)
What I dig about this is that aside from the sleigh bells, handclaps are the primary source of percussion. The bass melody is a poor man's Peter Hook for sure. Tied with The Charade for Best Swedish Band You've Never Heard Of.

Feist - "1234" (2007)
For the record, I was a fan waaay before the ipod commercial! Finger snaps too - bonus! In terms of instrumentation, she throws in everything but the kitchen sink... is that a banjo I hear?

Lykke Li - "I'm Good, I'm Gone" (2008)
There's something sinister and frantic about the loping beat, but it's an irresistible head-nodder.

Rilo Kiley - "Frug" (1999)
Only a handclap intro but this song sparked my love for Jenny Lewis and RK. Saw the video on 120 Minutes - MTV playing videos... who da thunk?

Some Girls - "The Getaway" (2003)
If a handclap subcategory existed, then this would belong under "Golf Claps." Written by the underrated Freda Love, whose unorthodox drumming is quite the delight.


Arcade Fire - "Rebellion (Lies)" (2004)
Blink and you'll miss this single hand-clap that occurs around 3:20.

Elastica - "Connection" (1994)
Great way to wrap up the song with a single string of quick-two-timed hand-claps.

Little Ones - "Lovers Who Uncover" (2006)
Gotta love this little gem's burst of hey-yo's accompanied by of course, hand-claps.

Rilo Kiley - "With Arms Outstretched" (2002)
These hand-claps are nothing to write home about but I do like the sing-a-long and clap-a-long ending.

George Michael - "Faith" (1987)
He even used finger snaps in this song - now that's impressive.

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