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Songs That Feature Theremin

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In 1919 a Russian physicist named Lev Sergeivitch Termen invented a radical instrument that is played without touching it. The user moves her hands around two antennas to control pitch and volume. The result is an eerie, sci-fi sound that has been used in music as well as spooky movies of the 50s and 60s like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "It Came From Outer Space".

Even though most people have never heard of a Theremin, everyone has heard the sound many times. This playlist contains songs that feature this whacked-out instrument.

The most well-known Theremin riff is probably found in the chorus of the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" so listen closely. The Beach Boys used an "Electro-Theremin" as opposed to a traditional two antenna Theremin, but the sound is the same so I have included it here.

Please note that that Theremin is used in many more songs than are listed here, but this 30 song playlist will give you a great well-rounded view of what can be done with the instrument.

The Playlist:

1. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

2. Shot Shot - Gomez

3. Guitar - Cake

4. Odalisque - Naughty Noise 

5. We're Not Right - David Gray

6. Holes - Mercury Rev

7. Mental - Eels

8. Cup Of Coffee - Garbage

9. All The Way Up To Heaven - Guster

10. Jacky Cane - Hooverphonic 

11. I'm So Small - Fleming & John

12. Find The Key - Various Artists 

13. Follow My Way - Chris Cornell

14. Velouria - The Pixies

15. Whole Lotta Love - Dread Zeppelin

16. Green - Action Figure Party 

17. Glory Box - Portishead

18. Saturn III - Fu Manchu

19. Malaria - L.A. Guns

20. Jimmy Was A Stimulator - Scott Weiland 

21. Better Version - Shinedown

22. Funeral Song - Sleater-Kinney

23. 4 Out Of 5 - Soul Coughing

24. Space Child - Spirit 

25. Wonderboy - Tenacious D

26. Edison's Medicine - Tesla

27. Little People - The White Stripes

28. Wild Honey - The Beach Boys

29. Echoes - Pink Floyd

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