Seven Sweet Saxophone Songs

Saxophone Feature 560x219Guitars are great, drums are dope, and the bass is ace, but nothing quite soulfully ties together a rock song like the sweet sounding saxophone. And now I will stop alliterating, I swear. I’m not Dr. Seuss over here! So the saxophone then… it is rich, brassy, and most certainly adds a delightful touch of sophistication to any song of which it’s a part. What follows are some of music history’s most well known sexy saxy songs. Hey, it’s nearly summer and it’s sultry and sweaty… Okay, okay I’ll stop.

1) Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

Fun Fact: Rafferty’s former band, Steelers Wheel (“Stuck in the Middle With You”) broke up in 1975 and this was his first release in 1978. And now you know!

2) The Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend

Fun Fact: The saxophonist on this song is Sonny Rollins. Mick Jagger was a bit worried he wouldn’t want to sully his jazz rep by playing with the Stones. It obviously all worked out. Neat!

3) Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey

Fun Fact: The song samples the sax line from “Bring it Here” by Wild Sugar. Wow!

4) Men at Work – Who Can it Be Now

Fun Fact: The blowsy sax refrains come from Greg Hamm in this song literally about a man going crazy from bill collectors. Yes, I said blowsy.

5) Spandau Ballet – True

Fun Fact: The song, in part, is a tribute to Marvin Gaye! Who knew?

6) Pink Floyd – Money

Fun Fact: Dick Perry provides the sax for this song unusually recorded in 7/4 time signature. Also there’s clinking coins! I’m helpful!

7) Madness – One Step Beyond

Fun Fact: The opening monologue is from the Prince Buster song, “Scorcher”. Incidentally, Prince Buster first recorded “One Step Beyond”. But Madness’ version fared much better. And knowing is half the battle.

Stew Miller

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Writer, artist, and part time Furry.
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