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(Some Smoke on the Water)   50 years ago today, some stupid with a flare gun burned a casino to the ground   (faroutmagazine.co.uk) divider line
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2021-12-04 2:21:20 PM  
Smoooooooooke in the water, fiiire one the skyyyyyeyiiii
 
2021-12-04 2:42:02 PM  
Frank Zappa and the Mothers now relegated to playing in Joe's garage.
 
2021-12-04 2:44:45 PM  
I did not know that.
 
2021-12-04 2:47:53 PM  
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2021-12-04 2:56:47 PM  
One the greatest guitar riffs in Rick and roll, and some of the most banal lyrics. I'm sure it was exciting for them, but today hearing that lyric about being worried about finishing the album I roll my eyes. They could have used Dio for that song.
 
2021-12-04 3:06:29 PM  

JammerJim: One the greatest guitar riffs in Rick and roll, and some of the most banal lyrics. I'm sure it was exciting for them, but today hearing that lyric about being worried about finishing the album I roll my eyes. They could have used Dio for that song.


Nobody listens to song lyrics.

/It's a bit of rock history lesson encapsulated into a memetic guitar riff.
//Neat if you know about it.
 
2021-12-04 3:07:25 PM  
I love the statue of Freddy Mercury on Montreux.

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/ Saw Deep Purple at the Montreux Jazz Fest in 96 and 04
 
2021-12-04 3:08:44 PM  
Have had the pleasure of playing in the rebuilt casino during the '87 jazz festival.

Can't stand the song though. During my junior high years, the guitar player in our stage band was always trying to get me to play the riff on my trombone so he could play along.
 
2021-12-04 3:15:02 PM  
Wristwatch!
 
2021-12-04 3:32:41 PM  

JammerJim: One the greatest guitar riffs in Rick and roll, and some of the most banal lyrics. I'm sure it was exciting for them, but today hearing that lyric about being worried about finishing the album I roll my eyes. They could have used Dio for that song.


Deep Purple - Hush
Youtube W1PNvopXjbg
 
2021-12-04 4:17:57 PM  
Good guitar riff
 
2021-12-04 4:39:30 PM  

jim32rr: JammerJim: One the greatest guitar riffs in Rick and roll, and some of the most banal lyrics. I'm sure it was exciting for them, but today hearing that lyric about being worried about finishing the album I roll my eyes. They could have used Dio for that song.

[YouTube video: Deep Purple - Hush]


My favorite Deep Purple song has always been Perfect Strangers. Great guitar work in that one.
 
2021-12-04 4:46:19 PM  
It's a good guitar riff, but I hadn't noticed how prominent the keyboard was until I saw this:

Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water (Live)
Youtube F7ZF2xaNhyw



Bonus: lots of goofy people clapping at various rhythms.
 
2021-12-04 5:15:08 PM  
But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside


/that has always been my favorite line
 
2021-12-04 5:19:49 PM  
They lied. The fire was on the ground, and smoke was in the sky
 
2021-12-04 5:34:48 PM  
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2021-12-04 5:35:06 PM  

Thosw: Have had the pleasure of playing in the rebuilt casino during the '87 jazz festival.

Can't stand the song though. During my junior high years, the guitar player in our stage band was always trying to get me to play the riff on my trombone so he could play along.


Literally my earliest memory of the song: I was in about 4th grade waiting in line for school to open.  There was a kid in band who had his clarinet with him and he was prevailed upon to play something.  He opened the case, assembled his clarinet and got the first two bars of "Smoke" out before the bell rang and he had to go in.  (I had not heard the song yet at that point, but I had within a year.  This would have been in about '77, when the song had been in circulation for quite some time.)
 
2021-12-04 5:41:43 PM  
Humo en el Agua - Señor Coconut and his Orchestra
Youtube Cn9k1I645a4
 
2021-12-04 6:12:51 PM  
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2021-12-04 6:41:10 PM  
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2021-12-04 9:02:14 PM  
One of the first riffs I learned to play.
 
2021-12-04 9:17:18 PM  
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My axes.
 
2021-12-04 9:20:50 PM  
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I f*cking worshipped this guy when I was a kid.
 
2021-12-04 9:29:10 PM  
Funky Claude wants you to get off his lawn!
 
2021-12-04 9:38:10 PM  

dittybopper: [Fark user image image 425x566]

My axes.


None more black.
 
2021-12-04 10:47:21 PM  
Slow talkin' Walter
The fire engine guy
 
2021-12-05 1:00:58 AM  
That was just the start of the month from hell for Zappa.
 
2021-12-05 4:59:39 AM  
Okay this is freaking weird... I was just watching a Season 3 episode of "Seaquest 2032" titled "Smoke On The Water". Wow.

/"Smoke on the water" is the first song I learned how to "fart" with my hands.
 
2021-12-05 6:05:18 AM  

thespindrifter: Okay this is freaking weird... I was just watching a Season 3 episode of "Seaquest 2032" titled "Smoke On The Water". Wow.

/"Smoke on the water" is the first song I learned how to "fart" with my hands.


Your parents must have been so proud.
 
2021-12-05 7:46:49 AM  

knbwhite: dittybopper: [Fark user image image 425x566]

My axes.

None more black.


Heh.  Except for the bass, I didn't choose the color.  Just worked out that way.

Ironically the best guitar I ever owned was a Charvel Model 1 with a cream colored body and a blonde neck/fretboard.  I had replaced the pickup with a DiMarzio X2N.  Nice thing about being a ham radio operator, I can solder things pretty well.

I also cranked the bridge all the way down so it laid flat against the body and threw away the whammy bar, and I kept .010s on it.

The neck was a perfect fit for hand, it had tone and sustain out the yin-yang, and with that very high output pickup it would scream when you wanted it to.  If you looked at it funny it would give you ungodly yowling artificial harmonics.  Just a great guitar.  All my guitar playing buddies loved it.

Well, life happened, I met the distaffbopper, settled down, and decided to sell it to my friend who is and was a far better player than I.  About a year later I saw him play at a local venue, and he wasn't using my guitar.

So I asked him why not, and he said it just didn't sound the same as when I had it.  I asked what he'd done to it.

His first mistake was removing the bridge, routing out the body, and replacing it with a Floyd Rose.  That, combined with using thinner strings (either .008s or .009s, can't recall) killed the magic in that beast.

I understood why he did those things.  I just think he didn't realize how I had tuned that guitar for that sound.
 
2021-12-05 11:34:50 AM  

Jake Havechek: Wristwatch!


Just listened to this on the way home from grocery shopping yesterday lol
 
2021-12-05 8:28:36 PM  

dittybopper: [Fark user image 425x566]

My axes.


Had to pass on my Fender Strat to nephew a few years ago. Bad neck couldn't take the weight and a Strat wasn't made to be played sitting down. It went to a good home tho. I still have my Kay acoustic in fine condition that I bought in a pawn shop in '79. Have played it constantly and I can still sit on a stool and belt out oldies with 'Sebastion' in my lap! Glory Days!
 
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