Playing covers in an inappropriate style, lyrical mutations

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  1. Digital Larry

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    Some guys I jammed with many years ago would sometimes do popular tunes in a punk style. It was pretty fun and our drummer was a bit sloshy in general so it made it less excruciating if we were all just going balls out.

    e.g.
    Downtown (Petula Clark)
    The Weight (The Band)
    Chains (Carole King via The Beatles)

    Lyrical mutations are where you slightly change the lyrics of a song.

    My college roommate changed a few words in Buddy Holly's "Rave On" and it became comically pornographic.

    A band I mixed sound for in college played Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin for You" and they always replaced "the devil" with the name of their manager in the line "I'm living for giving the devil his due".

    Frank Zappa did a ton of this to his own songs, in fact he's the originator of the term "lyrical mutation" as far as I am concerned.
     
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    Yes, imagine the lyrics from the fresh prince of bel air over last dance with mary jane. I sometimes substitute verses to see whose really listening.
     
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    Never played it at a gig, but ni practices we did have some fun playing George Strait's "The Chair" as sort of a grunge metal thing... "The Electric Chair" :D

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    I knew I'd find a place to post this eventually.

     
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    First thing that comes to mind....

     
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    We do “Folsom Pinball Blues” , Which is “Pinball Wizard” lyrics sung over the “Folsom prison blues” music.

    We also just started to do “Take Me Down by The River” which is Al Green’s/Talking Heads “Take Me To the River” lyrics sung over Neil Young’s “Down By The River” music.


    The funniest part about it? Most times people say nothing or don’t even acknowledge that we’re doing it. :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    A band at a club used to do a mash-up of Purple Haze and the theme to Green Acres. They did a great job.

    I've googled it and there seems to be a few bands that have done this.

    Maybe this is the original mash up, but I don't like it as well.

     
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    In my days slinging strings, we didn't always to covers note-for-note. Bands that did that were called "copy" bands. In my region of the PNW, there were versions of songs going around that bands would borrow off each other. An extreme make-over of a song would be something like the Vanilla Fudge doing bolero/dramatic versions of Bang Bang, You Keep Me Hanging On, Season of the Witch. My bands thought these were the height of cheeze, and we would imitate at rehearsals. But it did give us a license to do our own radical arrangements of unsuspecting songs. Most of the time, we would play along with LPs and see what we lock onto and can do something with. We did learn to throw in crowd pleasers, which we treated as the cost of admission to being a gigging rock band.

    One day at our band house in rural Oregon, we blasted out a spontaneous note-for-note (we tried anyway) rendition of Help! It blew our minds our our particular talents meshed to produce something as, to us, stunning as this. A little later, some people knocked on the door to talk to the owner about the horses they were boarding with us. When we opened the door, they were shocked to see that it was a live band, not the Beatles. We didn't play the song at gigs, though.

    A high school band did a spirited version of She Loves You, done as faithfully as we could. It was the only time I've seen the dance floor fill up with people smiling at us. For those 3 minutes, we owned their minds, souls, and feet.

    These experiences really fed into my career as a classical composer and professor, experiences that I tried to pass on to my students.
     
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    The country bars were played in would have other bands, ones who were more country than us (i.e., steel guitar). Maybe I was drunk, but it seemed that for a few months in the outskirts of Portland, there was always a band playing Green, Green Grass of Home. Without exception, the would sing the line: "chipped teeth, and lip all hairy," or something silly like that. They wouldn't ham it up or say anything about it, so you had to pay attention, which was what made it so funny.
     
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    Mash-ups are something else all together, but OK bring em on. I'm mostly interested if you did them yourselves.

    Another one we did, I can't remember exactly how we did it, but it was the aforementioned "Chains" inserted in the middle of Springsteen's "Fire". That's yet something else. A setlist formatting error?
     
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    In my sunroom, for an audience of zero, I play old school 50s, 60s, and early 70s R&B, soul, and funk like it's loud, trashy, garage rock. That works for me.
     
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    For a brief time I was in a speed/thrash type band, and we used to take the complete mickey out of No Woman No Cry. Started off with a normal reggae beat etc for the first verse, then launched into hyper space with it. :D
     
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    For my 50s rock band we are mashing up La Bamba with Twist and Shout. It feels like baby steps but fun, we added a verse to "You're So Square" and we do it as a M/F duet:

    You don't wear vintage clothing
    You didn't watch Breaking Bad
    I don't know what it is bout you baby
    But you sure do drive me mad
    You're Soooo Square
    Baby I don't Care

    We'll play a couple of the drummer's originals too, and I might do a mashup Cmon Everybody with Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie just to amuse myself.
     
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    I like to do rap songs and call them country.

    Yours truly,
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    I have been playing for 50 years & I still don't know the real lyrics for, " Louie Louie". I made up my own lyrics & always sing them. The key is to do a lot of screaming & cursing, no-one can tell the difference.
     
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    The second verse of When You Wish upon a Star starts like this, in my sick version:

    If your heart is in your dream
    No request is too obscene
     
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    Sure. I usually change the line in Margaritaville that goes “a real beauty, a Mexican cutie” to “a Blackshear cutie” or whatever town I’m in.
     
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    I my last band we'd insert the first verse & chorus of AC/DC's Jailbreak into Them's Gloria
     
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    Folsom prison blues, Pinball wizard, Amazing Grace, Gilligan's island theme, and Last night I had the strangest dream..... And I'm sure many more.

    Try putting the words of amazing Grace to the music of Gilligan's island in a church band!
     
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