This modulation happens within the first 10 seconds (though you should listen to this whole song, and whole album, because they are both awesome):
A conventional four-bar arpeggiated introduction (I – vi – ii – V, strongly establishing a key area) gives way to a wailing vocal that enters a full step above where you’d expected to be.
Rather than intensification (there’s barely anything to intensify), the purpose here seems to be disorientation, and through disorientation, the bold announcement of a new sound that turned out to be a seminal change in pop music; Sir Paul McCartney has gone on record saying that without Pet Sounds, there would have been no Sgt. Pepper.
-Matthew Wrather from Overthinkingit.com
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Leave it to The Flaming Lips to write an insane key change into an otherwise pop-structured tune and make it work beautifully. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' "Do You Realize" is in C. At 1:59, the key changes to Eb. Twelve seconds later, it goes BACK to C for the remainder of the song. Geniuses.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
A classic pop radio key change. Song starts off in A major, at around 3:05, we get set up for the key change with an E major, which then brings us to the chorus in B major. The scene behind Whitney Houston in this video changes as well. Does that mean I get extra points?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The sing along chorus is the key to the masses and no one expresses their faith in this rule like Wild Cherry in Play That Funky Music (White Boy). Like many of us who thought rock and roll was the easiest type of pop music, they discovered that they were dead wrong. Funk is super easy, similar, and at the time more lucrative. In this video, you'll notice the coolest horn players ever, the weirdest outfits white people ever wore, the corniest looking drummer of all time, and a key change or two. Not only does the key change on the choruses and at the end it goes up on the outro (twice on the recorded version, once here). Big ballin.