Songs to Test Timing

Or songs where you can tell the timing is off.

Let me start - Merry Go round by Kacey Musgraves. I had a fancy $6K power strip and power cord which I let burn in for a few weeks and mostly wasn’t sure what it did but let it be there anyway… Until I heard this song in the passing - and noticed that the drums? Snares? Always seemed to be off in timing…

With seeds of doubt planted all that fancy equipment was sold off.

Steely Dan - Two against Nature (the song). The hand-clapping and the bass should be spot-on. If you feel it is bouncing off the walls, the timing is good. It really should drive the song.

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The Roots Game Theory is a song where all the musicians play together in a way that makes me feel a strong urgency, the track is full of energy.

Few weeks ago I heard this track on a friends system where the track has lost all its drive, sounded rather boring, as if Malik B. was way ahead and the rest of the band tried to follow him.

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What an interesting question. I had not given it much thought, but may I suggest this by EBTG? It’s deceptively simple, with piano and harmonies, but with the clicking makes it a good example of what timing should be.

Damn that track is seriously full of energy. Thanks! My timing seems spot on.

Bass is the best bitch to rule timing.
A well tested and tested test is “Safe from Harm” by Massive attack.
Has a fairly simple go through but the bass both leads and follows.
Turned up loud should feel like the air conditioner is turned up enough to make the beard wave about.

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Thank you @TOBYJUG - at last, a track I can play!
Next day off - wake up the neighbours…

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“Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits.

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