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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 5:29 a.m. PST

1) harmonica
2) saxophone
3) piano
4) electric keyboard
5) ?

Stryderg02 Jun 2016 5:40 a.m. PST

Hard choices there…I'll go with:
3- piano

VonTed02 Jun 2016 5:41 a.m. PST

Cow Bell

Winston Smith02 Jun 2016 5:45 a.m. PST


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 6:11 a.m. PST


Garand02 Jun 2016 6:18 a.m. PST

Electric keyboard, if only because I don't like it. I'm a traditionalist: 1 to 2 guitars, 1 bass, 1 (MASSIVE) drumset.


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 6:25 a.m. PST

cow bell

Old Wolfman02 Jun 2016 6:59 a.m. PST

Banjo,tuba(unless you happen to be a penguin named Opus).

Bill McHarg02 Jun 2016 7:12 a.m. PST


Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 7:19 a.m. PST

You underestimate the usefulness of the cowbell:

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GurKhan02 Jun 2016 7:47 a.m. PST

The flute. Jethro Tull was more than enough flute for the rest of eternity.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 7:47 a.m. PST


Piano is awesome in rock

I can't think of any instruments that can not be used well in rock!
If the instruments is used in a appropriate way. None are bad.

Tomg33302 Jun 2016 7:57 a.m. PST


Lee Brilleaux Fezian02 Jun 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

The tuba isn't popular, although it's been used by Taj Mahal and the Band, both of whose work is better than 90% of all recorded music.

I'm not sure what the point of the question is, but it is filed under 'utter drivel', so that probably accounts for it. I've heard great accordion playing, wonderful banjo, and lots of lunk-headed drumming, dumb bass playing and grotesquely over-the-top guitar playing.

zoneofcontrol02 Jun 2016 8:06 a.m. PST

Nose Flute & Uke:

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Cold Warrior02 Jun 2016 8:46 a.m. PST

I've got a fever, and the only cure is more Cow Bell!

Ceterman02 Jun 2016 8:47 a.m. PST

Tull was GREAT! Saw them 3 times in the 70's. Aqualung, Thick as a Brick & Passion Play Tours. All were fantastic (that's how I remember them anyway!)

Sloth1963 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 8:53 a.m. PST


cloudcaptain02 Jun 2016 9:18 a.m. PST

@Extra Crispy

Bagpipes and rock are awesome!

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KSmyth02 Jun 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

It's all good. I agree with Gunfreak, they all can be played well. And like Mexican Jack, they all can be terribly misused and overplayed.

Brian Bronson02 Jun 2016 10:07 a.m. PST

There is no music so awful that the addition of cow bell can't make worse!

Cyrus the Great02 Jun 2016 10:27 a.m. PST

People here say the harp and bagpipes are the least welcome instruments, but this song uses them both to good effect.

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Mute Bystander02 Jun 2016 10:34 a.m. PST

Someone needs to tell Billy Joel the piano is not suitable for Rock (which is wide ranging category) so he stops making so little money off his work.

Hafen von Schlockenberg02 Jun 2016 10:47 a.m. PST

Mexican Jack's out of stir--yay!
I'm with him 'n Gunfreak 'n KS. Depends on how they're used,well or,um,well…

RavenscraftCybernetics02 Jun 2016 12:14 p.m. PST


Weasel02 Jun 2016 12:42 p.m. PST

Once you add brass, its not really "rock" anymore.

freerangeegg02 Jun 2016 1:06 p.m. PST

Definitely bagpipes

ordinarybass02 Jun 2016 1:23 p.m. PST

Exceptions may be made around the fringes of Country Rock but the Pedal Steel Guitar isn't exactly welcome in "Rock and Roll" these days.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 1:26 p.m. PST

A rock.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 1:42 p.m. PST

I love the Bad Piper! Bagpipes are made for Rock!

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 1:56 p.m. PST

etotheipi, you stole my thunder. Doh!

MHoxie02 Jun 2016 1:58 p.m. PST

Mouse organ:

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Zephyr102 Jun 2016 2:12 p.m. PST

Lead vocalists (that ruin an otherwise good song…)

tkdguy02 Jun 2016 2:38 p.m. PST



IanKHemm02 Jun 2016 4:43 p.m. PST

You're all wrong.
The answer is the melodica!

Zargon02 Jun 2016 5:10 p.m. PST

I see a stratocaster triangle being the deal breaker.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 5:30 p.m. PST

Ok, this is time sensitive, but T-Rex on keyboard.

Wulfgar02 Jun 2016 7:13 p.m. PST

Needs more cowbell.

Rod I Robertson02 Jun 2016 11:16 p.m. PST

The triangle, but two cellos are surprisingly good:



Rod Robertson.

Henry Martini03 Jun 2016 5:24 a.m. PST

Bland, inferior pap compared with the original, Cyrus. No amount of theramins and hydraulaphones could salvage it.

Supercilius Maximus03 Jun 2016 7:50 a.m. PST

The triangle.

skedaddle03 Jun 2016 12:04 p.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jun 2016 12:27 p.m. PST

I'll see your T-Rex with a keyboard and raise you glitter face paint and Elton John …


Kutsushita no Ningyo03 Jun 2016 12:31 p.m. PST

Guitar. It has been done before already.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2016 5:14 p.m. PST

I'll see your T-Rex with a keyboard and raise you glitter face paint and Elton John …

Oh yeah? Well I raise you a hot chick totally into rock then!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 4:17 a.m. PST

Well … well … I'll see your hot chick totally into rock and raise you a hotter chick even more into rock!

Hot?  Why, she's radioactive!

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 12:40 p.m. PST

Well etotheipi I really do not know if irradiated equates to hot other than being around a Geiger counter. But madame Curie was into so much more than just rocks.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 1:38 p.m. PST

I have a bio of Marie Curie written by one of her daughters that does not characterize her relationship with Einstein the way lurid rumours do. It's a primary source (for part of her life), so it's not biased by sensationalism. But it's also her daughter, so it could be biased in other ways. Basically, given the obscene mental and physical time she put into her work, I can't imagine her having time or energy for liaisons. Marie Curie was freakin' awesome!

Volleyfire04 Jun 2016 3:07 p.m. PST

Kazoo. Failing that a comb with some of that awful bog roll we used to have at school wrapped around it.



pigbear04 Jun 2016 3:37 p.m. PST

13th floor elevators showed that it was possible to play the jug in a rock band but, like the Tull comment above, never again please.

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