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Do you cuss onstage?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 3-Chord-Genius, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2007
    Cambridge, England
    I'll swear with my mates, swear like a trooper when I'm doing some DIY and it goes wrong (frequently) but not with people I've just met, not with women (unless they have already done so) and NEVER on stage. That just wouldn't be classy at all.
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  2. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

    Jun 7, 2017
    I think the key word in SC's comment is "copious" which has many definitions, but I think he was going for "regular" more than "significant amount" I have heard the argument (supposedly backed up by what must have been interesting research) that occasional well timed & pointed use of profanity is coupled w/ unusual intelligence, apparently there are a number of high profile Ivy League types who can really spin it out when necessary.
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  3. ronzhd

    ronzhd Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Spring, Texas
    On stage not so much, at home even less, on the pipe line, we give sailors lessons.
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  4. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 7, 2016
    It's my right as an entertainer.
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  5. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2010
    Sure, if the pay is right
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  6. Allen Peterson

    Allen Peterson Tele-Meister

    Sep 15, 2016
    Katy, Texas
    My grandfather was a coal miner. When he was a young man he had a band. He was the leader and sax player. After his wife died, he came to visit. My band was playing a church party and I thought it would be fun to have him sit onstage next to me. I was playing pedal steel and had a boom mic that I used occasionally. I had swung the mic right in front of his face. After the first song he said, "D*** Allen, this is too loud!!" He had this deep, booming voice, and all in attendance heard it loud and clear. The band leader turned to me and said get that old buzzard off the stage. Pretty funny!

    No, I don't cuss on stage. I rarely cuss at all. I learned to cuss, while working construction during the summers between semesters. It has taken me 40 years to deprogram myself.
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  7. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    I probably cuss more than I should around the house.
    I definitely do when I'm driving alone in my car (but that's not my fault - I blame the other drivers).

    But on stage, no.
    We do goof around on mic sometimes and things may slip, but that really depends on the crowd.
    With families and kids around, I'm more careful. But even if they aren't, I try not to talk like that over the PA.
    I see it as common courtesy.

    If it's in the lyrics of a song, I'll be singing it. That's different.

    Reminds me of the "...weaving a tapestry" line in The Christmas Story.'
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  8. Slim

    Slim Tele-Holic

    Apr 11, 2003
    Fayetteville, AR
    Chances are, he's up there cursing and 85% of the audience is cringing inside but no one is going to say anything. He probably read an article saying how 'intelligent people curse' and is going all out, while the audience read the same article and they don't want to look stupid by saying anything.
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  9. jondanger

    jondanger Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 27, 2011
    Charm City, MD
    Cuss? I don't even like to TALK up there. I make the bass player do it so he feels like he's got a job.
  10. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2007
    Cambridge, England
    Friend of mine told a story of playing in a band where the lead singer had a mic headset instead of a normal one on a stand. At the end of a song which the drummer made an absolute mess of, the singer turned to admonish him. Unfortunately he forgot the mic would pick up everything he said on stage, so the audience were treated to him screaming "Are you some kind of **** or something?" coming loud and clear through the PA.
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  11. SomeVelvetMorning

    SomeVelvetMorning Tele-Meister

    Aug 10, 2017
    New Hampshire
    I don't believe in cuss words. Words are words.
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  12. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    I'm no prude...but there's a culture of MF'ing that is just repulsive. Really covers up any trace of interesting in a person...

    Proper profanity is a gift and an art form. If you can't do it amazingly and sparingly then just don't do it at all.

    Certain European accents really lend themselves to the effect...Billy Connolly comes to mind.

    I have to confess to an admiration of Billy Bob's abilities in "Bad Santa"....
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  13. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    The Army moves cussing to an art form. Adapting words and appropriating foreign words to fill in for cussing is also a function of the military vocabulary that becomes a new language onto itself.

    Example in an M.P. Co. you might hear.

    "When Top finds out for sure he'll have your heals locked and chin deep in kimchi. So you best una$$ the A.O. and di di mao out of the company area until he's 10-7. He'll have that a$$!

    and the other individual might respond with,

    "Oh Top? He can bring all the smoke he wants! I can hang. He had the a$$ before he had teeth so it ain't nothing but a thing!

    And the one giving warning might say,

    "You say that now but if you get put on the carpet in front of the old man they'll might put your 4th point of contact back on the block!"
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  14. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    No cuss on stage
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  15. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Not sure exactly what you mean, but for me, I'm pretty sure the cussing would back full blast, long before I had my feet fully under me, back on the stage after so long. :^)

    I didn't cuss so much, as I was just looking miserable up there when I was unsatisfied with the results we were getting. People would tell me after a spell "Bubba, you didn't seem to be having any fun up there". I thought I was having fun, but in retrospect you have to MAKE IT LOOK like you're having fun no matter what, and if you can't do that, you need to take a break.
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  16. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2007
    Big D
    Anyone see Dave Grohl with the Foo? I love their music and their love of Classic Rock, but when Dave gets going I almost cringe, it is F this and F that and this F'in guy and that F'in song...

    Then I see him in a sit down interview and he is very clear and concise and makes sense with his words without the use of colorful language.

    It almost insults me as I think he does the stage speak to get the best results from the audience who would never listen to him speak on diversity and the history of rock and roll. I almost feel like he is speaking down to my intellect can not understand him unless he uses the F word as an adjective.

    I understand that RUSH is a really good band. I understand that David Bowie was such an artist and performer that will be talked about forever. I don't need to know that RUSH is F'in Awesome! And Bowie, F that guy, he is an F'in Genius. I get it and have gotten it for a long time that they are great.

    Rant over.
  17. Hendrixlvr

    Hendrixlvr Tele-Holic

    Never....#1 rule...’be professional’...cussing onstage does not emote professionalism o_O
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  18. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Holic

    Oct 6, 2015
    blu ridge mtn cabin
    Certainly not into the mic...
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  19. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2009
    I used to.

    Last few bands I have been in, I dont say anything at all unless I'm singing. Current band, I dont sing, so I dont even get a vocal mic.
  20. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

    Jan 14, 2015
    I only cuss at my equipment, and only when it's not working right.
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