where will the laughter go??
as the wise frank zappa said
"does humor belong in music?"
well where did all the laughter go?
It's there. Where've you been looking?
Depends what you're looking for.
Our band usually goes into a studio to record 'dumb' tunes for the simple reason of getting recording experience in a particular studio or just honing our skills. We do fairly serious music, but then put comedy lyrics to it sorta making fun of some of the serious young bands that come in occasionally and write what they think are amazing songs. Except we sit there and laugh at how bad the lyrics are.
I think that you can find a lot of humor in music. They Might Be Giants are a howl. Tell me you didn't laugh when you first heard the B-52's or Devo. I remember seeing Elvis Costello on SNL waaaay back before he was known at all outside of some New York clubs and thought he was just an act like the Blues Brothers....etc. Lou Reeds' 'Take a walk on the wild side' has some funny lyrics. Sad but funny at the same time. Ray Charles 'Hit The Road Jack' and 'What I say?' Maybe it's just me, but I think 'Walk this way' is a very funny song. Never fails to make me laugh.
And the blues have some of the funniest lines of all time in their lyrics. 'My woman so cold, when she opens her mouth a light comes on...Frigidare woman...."
And one of the funniest stand-ups working today is a kid named Stephen Lynch. It's just him, his guitar and some of the most twisted and hilarious lyrics you have ever heard. :)
there's some humor in music. a lot of talented musicians prefer to go the route of tragic music instead, either in the pursuit of trying to come off as "deep" or because they just feel more touched by music when it's sorrowful than music that's funny.
also of course a lot of the music/art snobs out there will decry any humorous music as low art, which IMHO just proves that they're personally of low intellectual standing.
I've been listening to some of Ween's stuff lately... stuff like "Where'd The Cheese Go?" and "Mister Will You Please Help My Pony." It is utterly hilarious, and it takes a lot of creativity to a) come up with the concepts of those songs becuase they are so damned ridiculous and b) still make them fun to listen to.
There are also bands like Primus, whose music is often very "silly" though i don't quite like using that word to describe it because it seems to put it in a more childish light. songs like "Winona's Big Brown Beaver" have an obviously humorous context, and it's made funnier by the fact that despite the sexual overtones, the song really is about a beaver owned by a girl named Winona. But then there are other songs like "My Name Is Mud" and and "Puddin Taine" which are still fun songs to listen to although they aren't outright funny, and they're also all technically brilliant and creative in a way that many musicians only wish they could touch.
There's also Tenacious D, whose songs like "The Greatest Song in the World (Tribute)" and "F--- Her Gently" have wound up on the iTunes of every other person in college in the US. Just last night I downloaded the Frank Zappa song "Valley Girl" he did with his daughter, Moon Unit Blue Zappa (i only did this because no one had the CD :( ). And then there are bands like Manowar, who are inadvertently absolutely friggin hilarious.
WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
AN' DON'T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW
Right about that tiiime people...
A fur trapper...who was strictly from commercial....
ba da da daaaa dee da da doo doo da da
Had the unmitigated audacity to jump out from behind my igloo
peek-a-boo oooh oooh oooh
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