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Favourite song fade outs


Shabby Doll - Elvis Costello
Nice inward screams (hurts - trying enough of them!), and the bass cheekiness at the end of every four bars.

Sexie Sadie - Beatles
I remember this nervous four-year-old listening to the ambling, slightly eerie guitar as a menacing preamble for the next song.

Making Plans For Nigel - XTC
"Nigel..."
And the haunting, three-note backing vocal.

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey - Beatles
The barrage of "come ons" make the band themselves sound almost monkey-like, and the fireman's bell. For me, one of their more instrumentally appealing numbers - pretty zippy.

Siberian Khatru - Yes
Steve Howe does a fine turn here.
So what the fuck's a khatru?

I might have one or two more.
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This song "Just another Cliche'" by Ookla the Mok has several fake-out fade-outs, which are fun.
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Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull has a great outro to blowing winds.
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I was at first about it, but fading out in the middle of a verse (with singing) kinda grew on me, with Life During Wartime by the Talking Heads.
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Don't laugh, but Poco.

What Do People Know was one of my favorite songs of the late 80s, due in part to the tasty guitar noodling (starts at 3:20) on the fade out.

On a lot of their stuff, the little ditties like this are Rusty Young, but here I assume it's Jim Messina.
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No laughing here - that was, indeed, tasty sounds of Paco-ness, (strange as it sounds saying that).
I like Burton Cummings' ha-ha variations to usher in this Guess Who fade out.
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I always liked the outro to Man in the Mirror By MJ - it goes on for a few minutes and I find it very satisfying - I'm not even that big a fan of his
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The sax solo on Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side, which I feel I could have listened to for at least another 3 minutes.
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The fade-out at the end of the live version of "Supper's Ready" by Genesis.
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As I said in a thread almost 15 years ago, my favorite fade-out is the meta-fade-out Christine Lavin did at the end of the studio version of "What was I thinking?"

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At the end of the "studio version" of her song "What Was I Thinking", Christine Lavin does a repeat-and-fade-out like this. In the background she comments on it. Her comments fade out with the rest of the song, but if you crank up the volume, you can hear it all. It goes something like this:



"Oh my God -- how am I going to end this song? I know -- I'll do what everyone else does. I'll go to a fadeout. You thought it was an artistic choice, but they really don't know how to end the song, so they just fade out. Except for Spanky and Our Gang in "Trying to get to know you" -- that was an artistic choice. But in all the other cases they don't know how to end the song.

What are you still listening for? Don't you people have lives?"

...the last comment (almost inaudible) is "You must have ears like a dog!"
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"A Day in the Life"
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Toward the end if this wonderful exegesis by Rick Beato, he praises the fade-out of the Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” and rightly so (the repeating of snatches of verse lyrics, but with new melodies):

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZavJLr5Otq4

He mentions that radio DJs would typically not interrupt the fade out, as they did with most songs.
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I can't remember the exact song right now, but the Beastie Boys's hardcore punk EP "Aglio e Olio" has at least one that fades out, which is quite unusual for the genre.
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Fading out with a Tarzan yell (also heard at the beginning of the song): Red Brained Woman by Supachief.
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Laura Nyro’s “Captain for Dark Mornings,” from her 1969 masterpiece album New York Tendaberry.

The song is slow and spooky and exquisitely SEXY and the fade has you picturing beautiful Laura slowly and helplessly drifting out to sea alone in a small boat, in a dense fog that dims the very early morning sun.

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I was at first about it, but fading out in the middle of a verse (with singing) kinda grew on me, with Life During Wartime by the Talking Heads.
Truly a pompatous choice.
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I sometimes kinda really dig the last 90 seconds or so of Boston's Hitch A Ride. More of an outro, maybe.

Also, Lux rambling at the end of any number of The Cramps songs. Mean Machine, for example.
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The interplay between Eric and Duane at the end of "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?"
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As much of the coda to "Layla" as I can get away with including in a loose definition of "fade out"
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Just want to offer that as someone who has tried to cover tunes in various bands, I HATE the fade-out. Fuck - if the pros can't figure out how to end the damn song, what chance do we amateurs have?! So nnearly all covers end up with some version of "shave and a haircut."

The FUNNIEST thing to see in a live band, is when they attempt a LIVE fade-out! I suppose they are hoping to be drowned out by tumultuous applause, but the types of bands that attempt this rarely encounter such reaction.
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The sax solo on Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side, which I feel I could have listened to for at least another 3 minutes.
There was a saxophone outro on a song that I can't remember the name of. I thought it was a Paul Simon song, but I can't find it. The outro is a fast alto sax riff that finally fades.

How about Ringo's "I've got blisters on my fingers!" at the end of Helter Skelter?

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The FUNNIEST thing to see in a live band, is when they attempt a LIVE fade-out!
I've never seen a live band do a fade-out. Who did you see attempting that?

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There was a saxophone outro on a song that I can't remember the name of. I thought it was a Paul Simon song, but I can't find it. The outro is a fast alto sax riff that finally fades.
Doubtfully the same songs you're thinking:
Supertramp's Bloody Well Right
Lennon's Whatever Gets You Through the Night (which the video - and the song itself - always reminded me of an SNL credit intro/outro thingie.
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There was a saxophone outro on a song that I can't remember the name of.
This is also probably not the song you're thinking of (and if you or anybody else does figure it out, please let us know, because I've been racking my brains trying to remember if & when I've heard what you describe), but... ABC's lushly orchestrated "All Of My Heart" ends with about a minute's worth of outro that fades to a solo saxophone.
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I've never seen a live band do a fade-out. Who did you see attempting that?

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Only very amateurish bands of the high school and college bar variety. In my youth in Chicago, I saw a ton of music - from the very very good to the truly awful. From concert halls, to friends' basements.

And I certainly played in some pretty poor bands, where we had trouble trying to figure out how to end songs. Never attempted a fadeout, tho.
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The "Well, meanwhile, I'm still thinkin'" call out to Chuck Berry at the end of T. Rex's "Bang a Gong"
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Help

Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds

Run For Your Life (yeah, quick - I just like when John goes na-na-na)

Magical Mystery Tour

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Rain

Michelle

Hello Goodbye

USSR's use of an airplane flying away made for a fine fade out.

Piggies
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2HB by Roxy Music.

Made even better by the fact that the last lines are:

Your memory stays
It lingers ever
Fade away never......


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Lots of Beatles songs mentioned, yet I still haven't seen the first two I happened to think of:

"Strawberry Fields Forever" (with its spooky "I buried Paul cranberry sauce"), and

"Cry Baby Cry" (with Paul's "Can you take me back" song fragment)
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An obvious one:

Bowie's "Space Oddity"; it kinda just drifts off into space.
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Darn - I mentioned Help, when I meant to post A Hard Days Night instead.

How about a fade in with the Velvet Underground's Train Coming Around the Bend ? (cleverly evoking a train moseying toward us)
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How about a fade in
There's a separate thread for that, now.
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A lot of Supertramp's songs had great outros.
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Starship Trooper - Yes

Desire Lines - Deerhunter

DIIV has a couple great ones, too. I'm a sucker for a long, drawn out outro.
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EVERY song should be capable of being sung in front of listeners. Listeners who are actually THERE, and have shown up there, solely for the purpose of listening to that song being sung. As such, EVERY song should have a definitive ending.*

And any song that can be performed in front of listeners can be recorded verbatim in a studio.

So my answer is that I have no favorite song fadeout. Song fadeouts are the Designated Hitters of the recording industry. Please be good enough to spread the word about this fact, as it is my understanding that people are still releasing songs with them, and this must be stopped.



*This is the sole exception I know of. I'd be grateful to learn of any others. TIA.

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Starship Trooper I'm a sucker for a long, drawn out outro.
And one of my favourite Yes passages.
Probably not your style, but definitely a long, drawn-out fade with Cephalic Carnage's Ontogeny of Behaviour
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Steely Dan had two guitar solos that I wish I could have heard to the end. Skunk Baxter on My Old School and Larry Carlton on Kid Charlemagne.
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There was a saxophone outro on a song that I can't remember the name of. I thought it was a Paul Simon song, but I can't find it. The outro is a fast alto sax riff that finally fades.
Have a Good Time. A thing of beauty.
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Probably not your style, but definitely a long, drawn-out fade with Cephalic Carnage's Ontogeny of Behaviour
I listened, I learned, I liked it!
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Have a Good Time. A thing of beauty.
Thank you.
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The fade-out at the end of the live version of "Supper's Ready" by Genesis.
A live fade out as it was done either onstage by the musicians and/or by the sound man (not later during the mixing of the album).
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I've never seen a live band do a fade-out. Who did you see attempting that?
Genesis did it. (I saw this only after I posted my last one).
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Genesis did it. (I saw this only after I posted my last one).
Drive-By Truckers do it very well. They play a song called Grand Canyon, and at the end, lay down their guitars (with heavy distortion sustain) one by one, till nobody but The Easy B is left on drums.

It works. Go see them. You won't be disappointed.
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Drive-By Truckers do it very well. They play a song called Grand Canyon, and at the end, lay down their guitars (with heavy distortion sustain) one by one, till nobody but The Easy B is left on drums.
Joseph Haydn did it first.
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during the final adagio each musician stops playing, snuffs out the candle on his music stand, and leaves in turn, so that at the end, there are just two muted violins left
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Have a Good Time. A thing of beauty.
That's it! It's been driving me crazy (after all these days).
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I've never seen a live band do a fade-out...
A friend's band (shout out to the now-long-gone Sadhana in Milwaukee) would do an amazing acoustic set. And mess with the audience in many subtle ways, including doing an occasional fadeout.

They'd keep up vigorous strumming and picking, but had mastered muting the strings just a little, then more, til they were just miming and mouthing the lyrics. The second time, I realized that the drummer had to look like he was banging away while making less and less noise.

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Not sure if it counts as a "fade out", but I love the long guitar outro by Neal Schon in "Who's Crying Now". Runs about 90 seconds of a 5-minute record.

Starting here:

https://youtu.be/9meo3vazXcw?t=207

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The song "Silver Rider" by the band Low ends with an epic, layered, harmony vocal "aah" outro. Sends chills down my spine.

https://youtu.be/KutWoEO-4ZY?t=238

I doubt I would have ever heard of this band or this song if it hadn't been used in an episode of the TV series "Rectify". Which I highly recommend checking out, by the way....
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The final movement of Holst's, "The Planets,"--'Neptune, the Mystic'--has a loooooong, nifty fade-out: a chorus of women are off-stage singing "ahhs" as the orchestra is silent and this goes on for minutes, slowly getting fainter, until it's done. I saw the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform this and it was coooool--the conductor just stood there for the duration with his head down and hands at his sides, the orchestra tried to remain motionless, the house lights faded out with the chorus. All dark (mostly). The gong roll in, "Mars, the Bringer of War," gave me an earache, but it was worth it.

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