Odd Unique Birthday Gifts

   Leave it for your significant other to surprise you with one of the most unique birthday gifts. In my situation, most unique......EVER! Thanks to my lady, Tiffany, for my "vibraslap". A what? I know. It's something you don't hear everyday. A vibraslap is a musical instrument; specifically, a percussion instrument consisting of a piece of stiff wire connecting a wood ball to a hollow box of wood with metal “teeth” inside. The percussionist holds the metal wire in one hand and strikes the ball. When used correctly, it sounds normal to the human ear. Or..... it can be a mating call for some Earthly creatures. 

   The Vibraslap can be heard very clearly on the 1967 US No. 1 hit single "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers and is frequently and prominently used in the music of the alternative rock group Cake. It can be heard on a number of famous rock songs like "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne, "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith, "Orange Crush" by R.E.M., "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, and "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker. It can also be clearly heard at the beginning of "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" by Traffic, right after the long, slow fade in to the introduction. Also notable: Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones played the vibraslap in the Jimi Hendrix song "All Along the Watchtower". The Vibraslap is also used in the songs "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy, "You're In" by Kimya Dawson and "I Don't Like It, I Love It" by Flo Rida. It can also be heard in "Asesina" by Okills, as well as in "Teenagers" by My Chemical Romance. The instrumental theme to the television show "Room 222" featured the sound of a Vibraslap at regular intervals throughout the song. The 1992 hit "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, also prominently features the sound of the vibraslap.

   Just to list a few, here are songs posted below using the funny named instrument. ENJOY!



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