Where will the laughter go??

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as the wise frank zappa said
"does humor belong in music?"

well where did all the laughter go?

#1

as the wise frank zappa said
"does humor belong in music?"

well where did all the laughter go?

Cryptic Excretions

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It's there. Where've you been looking?
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#2

It's there. Where've you been looking?
The Gods Made Heavy Metal, And They Saw That It Was Good
They Said To Play It Louder Than Hell, We Promised That We Would

Hulk Smash!!

Whatever you do, don't eat limes. A friend of mine ate a lime once and BAM!! Two years later. Herpes.

Kevin Taylor

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Joined: 03/05/00

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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.

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#3

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.

http://s93744050.onlinehome.us/mp3/DrinkDrive.mp3
http://s93744050.onlinehome.us/mp3/IGotaGirl.mp3
http://s93744050.onlinehome.us/mp3/ILoveHer.mp3
Kevin's Guitar Tricks Lessons
Schmange Music U.K./Canada - Home Page
Schmange's iTunes

hunter60

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Joined: 06/12/05

Posts: 1579

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...."

Etc...etc.

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. Smilie
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan

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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...."

Etc...etc.

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. Smilie
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan

PonyOne

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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 Frown ). And then there are bands like Manowar, who are inadvertently absolutely friggin hilarious.
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#5

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 Frown ). And then there are bands like Manowar, who are inadvertently absolutely friggin hilarious.
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Leedogg

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WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
AN' DON'T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW


Brilliant
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#6

WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
AN' DON'T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW


Brilliant
Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
My YouTube Profile

Jolly McJollyson

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Originally Posted by: Leedogg
WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
AN' DON'T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW


Brilliant

Right about that tiiime people...
A fur trapper...who was strictly from commercial....

ba da da daaaa dee da da doo doo da da
Strictly commercial

Had the unmitigated audacity to jump out from behind my igloo

peek-a-boo oooh oooh oooh
I want the bomb
I want the P-funk!

My band is better than yours...

#7

Originally Posted by: Leedogg
WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
AN' DON'T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW


Brilliant

Right about that tiiime people...
A fur trapper...who was strictly from commercial....

ba da da daaaa dee da da doo doo da da
Strictly commercial

Had the unmitigated audacity to jump out from behind my igloo

peek-a-boo oooh oooh oooh
I want the bomb
I want the P-funk!

My band is better than yours...

t_shirtsnjeans

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Joined: 06/11/05

Posts: 38

Wierd Al?

My buddy and I did a song (old old song) called 'Cross Eyed Sue' for Valentine's Day, or as I like to say "Happy VD!"

O I got a gal named Cross Eyed Sue
As purdy as she can be
She's got a wart on the end of her nose
And a face like a sour apple tree

Cross Eyed Sue and a kangaroo
Are pretty much alike
Kangaroo hops around all day
And Sue hops around all night

ch
O I got a gal named Cross Eyed Sue
Her eyes are red and her lips are blue
Pearly and curly cheek
Her false teeth rattle and her glass eye squeaks


I don't remember all the words, and most of these are from memory, but we had a hard time rehearsing it, I couldn't help making up my own lyrics.

#8

Wierd Al?

My buddy and I did a song (old old song) called 'Cross Eyed Sue' for Valentine's Day, or as I like to say "Happy VD!"

O I got a gal named Cross Eyed Sue
As purdy as she can be
She's got a wart on the end of her nose
And a face like a sour apple tree

Cross Eyed Sue and a kangaroo
Are pretty much alike
Kangaroo hops around all day
And Sue hops around all night

ch
O I got a gal named Cross Eyed Sue
Her eyes are red and her lips are blue
Pearly and curly cheek
Her false teeth rattle and her glass eye squeaks


I don't remember all the words, and most of these are from memory, but we had a hard time rehearsing it, I couldn't help making up my own lyrics.

hunter60

Humble student

Joined: 06/12/05

Posts: 1579

And began to whip up on my baby seal with a...

with a...

lead...

lead-filled snow shoe.

With a leeeeaaaad filllllled snow shoe....

(btw- loved Cross Eyed Sue. That's good stuff.)
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan

#9

And began to whip up on my baby seal with a...

with a...

lead...

lead-filled snow shoe.

With a leeeeaaaad filllllled snow shoe....

(btw- loved Cross Eyed Sue. That's good stuff.)
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan

Jolly McJollyson

Chick Magnet

Joined: 09/07/03

Posts: 5457

Originally Posted by: hunter60
And began to whip up on my baby seal with a...

with a...

lead...

lead-filled snow shoe.

With a leeeeaaaad filllllled snow shoe....

(btw- loved Cross Eyed Sue. That's good stuff.)

He went right upside the head of my favorite baby seal he went "WHAP" with a lead filled snowshoe...

Now that got me about as mean as an eskimo boy can be

So I bent down and I reached out and I scooped up a generous mittenfull of the deadly...yellow snow

THE DEADLY YELLOW SNOW FROM RIGHT THERE WHERE THE HUSKIES GO!
I want the bomb
I want the P-funk!

My band is better than yours...

#10

Originally Posted by: hunter60
And began to whip up on my baby seal with a...

with a...

lead...

lead-filled snow shoe.

With a leeeeaaaad filllllled snow shoe....

(btw- loved Cross Eyed Sue. That's good stuff.)

He went right upside the head of my favorite baby seal he went "WHAP" with a lead filled snowshoe...

Now that got me about as mean as an eskimo boy can be

So I bent down and I reached out and I scooped up a generous mittenfull of the deadly...yellow snow

THE DEADLY YELLOW SNOW FROM RIGHT THERE WHERE THE HUSKIES GO!
I want the bomb
I want the P-funk!

My band is better than yours...