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The 50 Greatest Vocoder Songs

#46. Black Sabbath "Planet Caravan"

Year: 1970

Ozzy, maybe Geezer, seems to be wailing through bong bubbles here. Sometimes mistaken for a vocoder, it's a signal-processing trick called ring modulation, patented by the Daleks of Dr. Who, and later used by Can. “Planet Caravan” is so quiet—or stoned—you think the album’s over. Then Iron Man shows up with his Talkbox and stomps a mudhole in the village.

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