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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by getbent, Nov 2, 2018.
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of course we do!
We do "good cop, bad cop" on those kind of songs. The female vocalist tells the requester "the guitar player is the boss and he wont do it for less than $100". We got $50 for Mustang Sally once that way.
"Cocaine"----nice riff, good beat, but just can't do lyrics celebrating the drug. Even wrote different lyrics, doing a slam on "Propane", but still too many in the crowd were shouting cocaine during the song.
About ten years ago during the summer Olympics they did a segment where they had Eric Clapton singing Wonderful Tonight while going back and forth between him singing and playing the song and the little pixie young gymnasts. It was purely creepy. He was sixty with greying hair and the girls looked like they may have just reached puberty. Yech.
Dragging our minds away from underage sex for a minute ... my pet hate of a song is In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry. For 2 reasons.
First, "Have a drink, have a drive." Ok, it was written in early 70's when people had a different thinking about drink-driving. Back then having a skinfull and still being able to drive home was a matter of pride with a lot of young men. Decades of public health campaigns have changed things. While there's still a minority of offenders, drink-drivers are now (rightfully) considered the lowest of the low by just about everybody.
I can get round this by replacing 'have' with 'or' making the line, "Have a drink or a drive," meaning you can do one or the other but not both. Tbh, most people do not notice the change unless I point it out.
But the biggest bugbear, the sticking point that gets ITS chucked on the reject pile is the line, "If her daddy's rich, take her out for a meal. If her daddy's poor, just do what you feel." What? How crass. How insensitive and disrespectful is that? Both to the young lady and her father. And how obnoxious must the singer be to change his behavior to her based on how much money her dad has. He's a grade A brown-noser and I want nothing to do with him, not even in a song.
Right, back to underage sex, my band sometimes does You're Sixteen. Wow! Talk about perverts delight.
In fairness, I should point out that we're all older guys and it's a song the other guys loved from their youth. Still makes me feel uncomfortable performing it though.
I try to get around it by introducing it as, "Here's a song about an old guy reminiscing about how he met his wife many years ago" and ignoring the fact that it's in the present tense, not the past.
But that riff dude!!! That would be enough to get me to do it...
Now if you wanna go to jail just bust out with this solid gold oldie right here...
Tell me you could do that with a strait face and my face would get very acquainted with your butt...
Especially when that wonderfully horrible horn interlude takes hold... and you have a min to reflect on what you have just said on the mic and what you are about to say...
You can't sing songs that don't fit your personality. Years ago I started a 3 piece band with myself on guitar and vocals, and a bass player and drummer. We were doing all vintage retro country songs, mainly uptempo songs. So we were like a rockabilly band doing country. But the other guys wanted to do songs that I just thought were so corny I couldn't see myself getting up onstage and singing them. This led to arguments and us finally breaking up without having gigged even once.
This was one of them... GREAT guitar playing by Chet Atkins, but otherwise such a dumb song:
Gershon Lehman’s masterpiece, The Rationale of the Dirty Joke, contains a discussion of signifying and the dozens, which may contain helpful insights about sexual innuendo in Mustang Sally. He also discusses lewd banter from other cultures, including “billingsgate,” which developed among boatmen on the Thames.
This book is a folklorist’s compendium of a vast number of dirty jokes, with classification and analysis. Virtually every dirty joke I have ever heard is in the book, and many of them have been recorded for centuries in Arabic, Greek, and Latin texts, and modified through the ages.
jim ed always gave me the creeps.
Then, there's Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.
"She was just 17. If you know what I mean."
Yeah, I just heard that tune last night for the first time; I was halfway listening, then that line popped out. I’m pretty sure I made a “buhhh” sound and looked at the radio like a puzzled dog.
My own lyrics to my originals at times make most everything else look like a boy scout manual
So the guitar was making sounds only throughout half of the song?
so, if I have attended implicit bias training, does that mean I cannot enjoy J Geils "first I look at the purse"?
There will come an era when we take ourselves and others less seriously... I'm going to watch my diet (not fat shaming) and get plenty of sleep.. because... well, it would be fun to enjoy that!
Man, I hope you're right. Hopefully it starts right here at the good ol' TDPRI. If current conditions 'round here are a leading indicator, not too sure how hopeful I should be, though.