The Talkbox Will Never Die: A Talkbox Playlist

Talkbox Tracks If you’ve ever heard Peter Frampton sing “Doooo You Feeeeel Liiiike I Doooo” in that robotic guitar voice, then you know what a talkbox sounds like. The effect has been around for over 40 years now, and has made it’s way into tracks from Classic Rock to Funk.

Because DigitalDarryl knows that I can’t resist compiling odd musical lists (like cowbell or actors turned singers), he has asked me on a number of occasions to compile a list of talkbox songs for him. Well, I’ve finally put together my 20th FineTune playlist, “The Talkbox Will Never Die”, so that D and all the talkbox fans out there can get their fill of talkbox madness by simply clicking the green button below.

I’ve included the full track listing below, but even at 60+ songs, this playlist feels a little light to me. If you can think of any talkbox songs that aren’t included, be sure to drop them in the comments.

Enjoy!



“The Talkbox Will Never Die” Track Listing

  1. “Anything Goes” by Guns N’ Roses (Appetite For Destruction)
  2. “Beverly Hills” by Weezer (Make Believe)
  3. “Black Man” by Stevie Wonder (Songs In The Key Of Life)
  4. “Blacked Out World” by Black Label Society (Shot To Hell)
  5. “Bloody Well Right” by Supertramp (Classics)
  6. “California Love (Original Version)” by 2Pac (Greatest Hits: CD2)
  7. “Call Me Up (Album Version)” by Chromeo (Fancy Footwork)
  8. “Can’t Get This Stuff No More” by Van Halen (Best Of Volume 1)
  9. “Chocolate City” by A Thin Line Between Love & Hate-Roger Troutman feat. Shirley Murdock (The Compilation: Greatest Hits II And More)
  10. “Computer Love” by Zapp (All the Greatest Hits)
  11. “Dance Floor” by Zapp (All the Greatest Hits)
  12. “Do You Feel Like We Do” by Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive)
  13. “Don’t Tell Me” by Soulive (No Place Like Soul)
  14. “Down For Yours” by Nastyboy Klick (Tha 1st Chapter)
  15. “Dust N’ Bones” by Guns N’ Roses (Use Your Illusion I)
  16. “Falling Into Grace” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (One Hot Minute)
  17. “Feel The Spirit Of My Guitar” by Johnny “Guitar” Watson (The Funk Anthology)
  18. “Fire It Up” by Black Label Society (Radio Single)
  19. “Focus Feat. DJ Quik & Xzbit” by Def Squad (Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis)
  20. “Funky Bounce” by Zapp (Zapp)
  21. “Funky Crime” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (The Uplift Mofo Party Plan)
  22. “Generator” by Foo Fighters (There Is Nothing Left To Lose)
  23. “Girl Blue” by Stevie Wonder (Music Of My Mind)
  24. “Gone” by Montgomery Gentry (You Do Your Thing)
  25. “Guerrilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine (The Battle Of Los Angeles)
  26. “Hair of the Dog” by Nazareth (Hair Of The Dog)
  27. “Haitian Divorce” by Steely Dan (The Royal Scam)
  28. “Holier Than Thou” by Metallica (Metallica)
  29. “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi (Crush)
  30. “It’s Your Body” by Johnny Gill (Best Of Johnny Gill 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection)
  31. “Jambi” by Tool (10,000 Days)
  32. “John Doe” by Shade Sheist (Informal Introduction)
  33. “Keep Talking” by Pink Floyd (The Division Bell)
  34. “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue (Dr. Feelgood)
  35. “Kiss Kiss” by Chris Brown featuring T-Pain (Exclusive)
  36. “Live In a Hole” by Pantera (Vulgar Display of Power)
  37. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (Cross Road)
  38. “Love Having You Around” by Stevie Wonder (Music Of My Mind)
  39. “Man In The Box” by Alice In Chains (Facelift)
  40. “Master of the Game” by Kool Keith (Black Elvis – Lost in Space)
  41. “Me And My Gang” by Rascal Flatts (Me And My Gang)
  42. “Media Overkill” by Scorpions (Savage Amusement)
  43. “Monkey On Your Back” by Aldo Nova (The Best of Aldo Nova)
  44. “More Bounce To The Ounce (LP Version)” by Zapp & Roger (All the Greatest Hits)
  45. “Pigs (Three Different Ones) (1992 Digital Remaster)” by Pink Floyd (Animals)
  46. “Put Your Lovin’ Through The Test (Featuring Roger Troutman) (LP Version)” by Keith Sweat (Featuring Roger Troutman) (Get Up On It)
  47. “Rocket Queen” by Guns N’ Roses (Appetite For Destruction)
  48. “Rocky Mountain Way” by James Gang (Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits: Little Did He Know…)
  49. “Romantic” by Soulive (Doin’ Something)
  50. “Rosetta Stoned” by Tool (10,000 Days)
  51. “Safe + Sound” by DJ Quik (The Best of DJ Quik – Da Finale)
  52. “She’s A Woman” by Jeff Beck (Blow By Blow)
  53. “Show Me the Way” by Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive)
  54. “So Ruff, So Tuff” by Zapp & Roger (All the Greatest Hits)
  55. “Something’s Got To Give” by Beastie Boys (Check Your Head)
  56. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney (The Road And The Radio)
  57. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith (Toys In The Attic)
  58. “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus Feat. Chaka Khan (Soul Hits Of The 70′s: Didn’t It Blow Your Mind! Vol. 13)
  59. “Tenderoni (Album Version)” by Chromeo (Fancy Footwork)
  60. “The Ballad [Denny & Jean]” by Todd Rundgren (Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren)
  61. “The House That Jack Built” by Metallica(Load)
  62. “The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut” by Coheed and Cambria (Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness)
  63. “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (Long Version)” by Flaming Lips (At War With The Mystics)
  64. “The Zoo” by Scorpions (Animal Magnetism)
  65. “Those Shoes” by Eagles (The Long Run)
  66. “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith (Toys In the Attic)
  67. “Wipe Out (Album Version)” by Gary Hoey (Monster Surf)
  68. “You Gots to Chill” by EPMD (Strictly Business)

36 thoughts on “The Talkbox Will Never Die: A Talkbox Playlist

  1. As Lawrence from Office Space would say:
    Fuckin’ A.
    And yes, you have all the ones that I found in my iTunes Library ( and then some! )
    Thanks dude! Now I can clean the house with new tunes.
    -d—

  2. Hi !
    You seem to know a lot about talkbox tracks, so i have a question for you.

    I’m looking for a talkbox track, but i have no informations, excepted some lyrics, it was like : “My life [...] my life with youuu…”
    It sounded Funky/RnB.

    This track was played on the TV Show “Run’s House” (The episode was when Rev Run had to talk about sex to his sons…).

    I Hope you could help me !

    Peace.

  3. Here’s one you don’t have. The seventies tune called “Mindbender” by a group called Stillwater. Killer talkbox track.

    Peace

  4. “I thought it was You” By Herbie Hancock is essential and missing from the list. A lot of these more recent artists on your list (besides Chromeo) are using Anteres Autotune or vocorders, not a talkbox. Alot of these songs only have about 5 seconds of talkbox in them, and there are alot more R&B artists who used them more consistently in songs.

  5. Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
    Bon Jovi _ Bounce
    Bon Jovi _ we got it going on
    Bon Jovi – All I Want is Everything
    Joe Satriani _ I just wanna rock

    Scorpions – Money and Fame
    Scorpions – To be No. one
    Scorpions – Can You feel it
    Scorpions – Raised on Rock
    Nazareth – Born under the wrong side
    Lady Pank Рnie mam nic prócz ciebie
    Lady Pank – prawda i serce

  6. Guerrilla Radio isn’t a talkbox. It’s a kill switch. He uses that for quite a few songs that end up confusing people, like the DJ scratch in Bulls On Parade.

    1. @Aco: Morello uses a kill switch extensively, but the studio versions of “Wake Up” and “Guerilla Radio” both use a talkbox. In “Guerilla Radio” it’s most prevalent in the solo.

  7. Ah.. I take it back then. The thing is, he already can achieve close to a talk-box with a guitar. It seems like an unnecessary addition. I recalled it as their records and Morello in real life both stating that all sounds are guitar, bass, and drummers. I rewatched an interview I was recalling and he did say vocals too, so it is covered.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQcPYBLGla0

  8. Little Neutrino by Klaatu. (I think)
    New Orleans by Emerson Lake & Palmer featuring…yup, Joe Walsh.
    L.M.L.Y.P. By Ween

  9. Great JOb. Just found your blog from google. Totally adding some tracks to the list I have never even heard before. Thank you.

  10. Bon Jovi’s guitarist Richie Sambora also uses it on “we got it going on” on the lost highway album! quality song :)

  11. A few more I don’t think you’ve mentioned:

    Danger Danger: Horny S.O.B.
    White Lion: She’s Got Everything
    Spock’s Beard: Mommy Comes back
    Gotthard: Mountain Mama
    Alice In Chains: Rotten Apple
    Slash: Caroline
    Santa Cruz: Let Me (Lay My Love One You)

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