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Oh instruments! Part 1: Let's hear that string part again

Yes, I got the title from the Sufjan song (...because I don't think they heard it all the way out in Bushnell)

As someone who looks for instrumentation beyond the standard guitar, base, and drums in my ideal rock/pop/indie/whateva' band, I thought I'd start a series honoring the power of songs that involve a wider range of instruments. Sufjan, being the master of this, seemed an obvious person to reference in the title of Part 1.

Sitar: The Beatles - Norwegian Wood
This song came out of George Harrison's obsession with the sitar and Eastern religions in general. According to Wikipedia, this was the first popular Western pop track to include the sitar. Cool, huh?
On a more personal note: I remember when I went through a re-discovering of the Beatles in my early teens, I really listened to the song for the first time, and was thrown of by how, after about four measures of 3/4 with the guitar, this very Eastern instrument, the sitar, comes into the song called, ironically, NORWEGIAN Wood?

Cello: Badly Drawn Boy - the Shining
I'm sure this isn't the first time I've posted this track, because it's one of my favorites...and not just for the Cello, but the beautiful French Horn part in the introduction. And slowly, but surely, the guitar and vocals begin...

Electric Violin: Islands - Rough Gem
the Violins and Base begin the song, and unexpectly, out of nowhere, the three pluck notes just jump right in. Pure joy. And the violins are played by cute Asian guys?

One very small orchestra:
Belle and Sebastian - Take Your Carraige Clock and Shove It
Sufjan"had to include him, he hasn't found a string instrument he doesn't like yet"Stevens - Chicago
Camera Obscura - Come Back Margaret

If there's a notable song I haven't included in this post, tell me what it is!
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