4

Does the following rhythm have a recognised name or composer?

It is a rhythm you would typically hear at Soccer matched with the crowd clapping in time with each other. At an England match you would hear the crowd shout "Eng-Land" with the last quaver and crotchet.

enter image description here

5
  • Music Fans may get more response.
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 16:16
  • Just like “shave and a haircut, two bits”, the famous door knock rhythm, it’s probably a rhythm from a song, I would guess something contemporary. Hopefully someone will recognize the source.. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 16:28
  • This rhythm used in The Cars, Let's Go and Ramones, Rock and Roll Radio, but I don't know of a name for the rhythm. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:14
  • @Tim, this seems a fair question. Some rhythms have well known names like habanera, tresillo, bolero, etc. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:26
  • 1
    I can attest to it being used as far back as the 60s/70's at Leeds Utd matches. "M. I. MIC. M.I.C.K.Mick Jones"
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:34

3 Answers 3

7

I don't know if this is definitive, but I did some tracing back to the 1962 song Let's Go (Pony) by The Routers.

So, there may not be a name for it, but I think this is a reasonable pop culture source. It's interesting to note the connection to sports cheerleading.

1
  • Good find Michael! Not surprising it’s been used in other songs, it’s a catchy rhythm..and short enough to not infringe on a copyright. +1 Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 22:06
1

Used by Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night

-3

The last 5 beats are "shave and a haircut, two bits." It can be tacked on to most songs.

9
  • 1
    If you substitute two sixteenths for the second 8th note of the second bar it would be that exactly. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 16:35
  • 1
    Isn't shave and a haircut in 6/8? Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:15
  • It's in 4/4: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shave_and_a_Haircut
    – Aaron
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 17:57
  • It seems that @MichaelCurtis answer is the correct one. Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 18:12
  • @MichaelCurtis - definitely in 4/4.
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 18:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.