Songs that have extremely weird timing yet are in 4/4

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Tupac, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
  2. WiflB


    Aug 24, 2013
    Charlie by RHCP has rhythm guitar playing a 3 beat rhythm guitar riff looping round in the verse in 4/4 timing with the drums shifting the accented beat around while the bass holds down the groove. Crazy stuff. 5/4 by Gorillaz has a 5/4 guitar line while the rest of the band plays in 4/4
  3. sclift


    Oct 31, 2012
    I'm not sure how to categorize this:
  4. Rush's YYZ, just after the intro (i.e. the brief pause, then the fill where the band comes back in.) I just can't seem to get the count/time of the first note coming back in.
  5. Sponsored by:

  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Eric Clapton's classic take on "Crossroads." The drummer switches the high hat placement around and the vocals come in at various times before the one, and that song just messes me up. Anyone want to explain that one to me? :D
  7. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    " me and my monkey" from the white album
  8. Led Zeppelin - Black Dog

  9. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Most Tool songs...

    I also agree with Rusty Cage. Very tricky, and yet so catchy. Soundgarden is awesome!
  10. Pyramid Song - Radiohead
  11. Rusty cage isn't 4/4. Neither are most tool songs haha
  12. Erotic Cakes by Guthrie Govan
  13. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Dang it! You're right, my bad. Didn't read the whole post by the OP. Thought it was just "Songs with tough timing".:p
  14. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Running with the devil...

  15. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    According to Wikipedia all but the outro is 4/4.
  16. Bufalo

    Bufalo Funk in the Trunk Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Harrisburg, PA
    Sure it is! The intro, the verses, the choruses - all in 4/4. Just that wacky slowed down ending section is in combinations of 3, 5 and 2.
  17. PolkaHero


    Jan 5, 2002
    The intro bass riff to "The Pot" by Tool is a classic example of this!
  18. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    He was drunk.
  19. I'm not sure, can someone confirm "Primal concrete sledge' by Pantera

    It throws me
  20. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Syracuse, NY
    A few tunes by Refused on their last two albums had some of this rythmic trickery.
  21. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    A Songsterr tab (and they're usually pretty accurate) says it switches to 9/8 for a measure, then 2/4 for a measure, then back to 4/4, all right at the end of the chorus (the change starts on the last repetition of the guitar riff).

Play guitar too? Become a founding member of