The Trombone Rocks: 4 Classic Rock Hits with an Unlikely Star

Published January 15, 2024

Classic rock usually brings to mind roaring electric guitars, massive amps, and the well-known antics like KISS' pyrotechnics show. However, a selection of classic rock tunes have embraced a less typical rock n' roll contributor: the trombone. This brass instrument, often associated with jazz and orchestral music, has made a notable appearance in a variety of renowned rock songs from yesteryears.

"Trombone Dixie" by The Beach Boys

The 1966 album 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys is famous for its eclectic array of instruments, one of which is the trombone. Used in the instrumental track 'Trombone Dixie', the trombone introduces a distinct sliding sound that complements the album's innovative vibe. Though initially a bonus track on the 1990 CD reissue, it stands as a testament to the band's experimental spirit.

"I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross

Diana Ross' hit 'I'm Coming Out' from her 1980 album 'Diana' became widely recognized, even sampled in The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 hit 'Mo Money Mo Problems.' The song is a fusion of funk rock and disco, with a trombone line playing a significant role alongside other horns, enhancing the celebratory feel of the track.

"Biding My Time" by Pink Floyd

Although 'Biding My Time' was recorded by Pink Floyd in 1969, it wasn't released until 1971 on the 'Relics' compilation. The song features a trombone solo from keyboardist Rick Wright, adding a weighty, resonant quality that competes with the otherwise light-hearted feel of the music, reflecting both melancholy and contentment within the lyrics.

"The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

In 1997, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' song 'The Impression That I Get' burst onto the scene on their album 'Let's Face It.' Energetic punk vocals mix with lively horns, including the trombone, to create a track that encourages listeners to throw caution to the wind and celebrate life unabashedly.

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