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How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:09 am
by Adam Blake
From Garth. Surprisingly accurate.

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How to tell the difference between Blues & Rock.
Like you don't really know. From moblues.org

If the guitar player has one small amplifier, Blues Band.
If he has a stack of them, Rock Band.
... If the keyboard player only plays piano or organ, Blues Band.
If he's uses other sounds, Rock Band.
If the guitar player breaks a string and changes it on the spot, Blues Band.
If a roadie comes out with a replacement guitar, Rock Band.
If the bass player's instrument has only four strings, or is a stand up, Blues Band.
More than four, Rock Band.
If there are wives and children around the stage, Blues Band.
Scantly clad women, Rock Band.
If they play the same songs differently every night, Blues Band.
Play the same songs the same way every night, Rock band.
If they make up the lyrics as they go, Blues Band.
Read lyrics from a tele-prompter, Rock band.
If they arrive in a van, Blues Band.
If they arrive in a school bus, Rock band.
If everyone is drinking liquor, Blues Band.
Drinking beer, Rock Band.
If people dance together, Blues band.
Mill about separately, Rock Band.
If people clap their hands to the backbeat, Blues Band.
Pump their fists in the air, Rock Band.
If the male musicians are wearing Dockers, Blues Band.
If they are wearing Spandex, Rock Band.


If it wasn't for the Blues, You wouldn't know when you were happy.

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:36 am
by will vine
If the singer introduces "a number" - blues band.
If he refers to a track from their last but one album - Rock band.

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:19 pm
by Ted
will vine wrote:If he refers to a track from their last but one album - Rock band.


"I'm sure you all remember "Fragile". I certainly remember you all paying for it..."

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:35 pm
by Adam Blake
Ted wrote:"I'm sure you all remember "Fragile". I certainly remember you all paying for it..."


If that's a quote from Jon Anderson it demonstrates a dry sense of humour I never knew he possessed. (Also suggests you saw Yes at some time, Ted... Perhaps we both grooved to the same Steve Howe 'moments')

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:55 pm
by Rob Hall
Adam Blake wrote:(Also suggests you saw Yes at some time, Ted... Perhaps we both grooved to the same Steve Howe 'moments')


I don't know about you two, but I did. Trentham Gardens, some time around 72-73.

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:32 am
by Adam Blake
Guilty as charged, Rob. Rainbow '73 and QPR '75. How to tell the difference between prog and rock (ie, between, say, Yes and Led Zeppelin): pointless twiddly bits.

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:47 pm
by Ted
I'm afraid Jon Anderson never said that. My mate Pete could do a spot-on impression of Jon's wispy Accrington accent and this is the only bit of it I can remember.

I saw them at the Rainbow some time. Probably 73. I remember almost nothing about it.

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:56 pm
by Adam Blake
Back on topic:

If the guitarist uses effects pedals with names like 'Blues Screamer' - Rock Band.

If the drummer obviously hasn't played with the band before but sounds OK anyway - Blues Band.

If the guitarist uses the same guitar for standard and open tunings - Blues band.

If the audience is huge and adoring - Rock band

If the audience is small and discerning - Blues band

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:52 pm
by NormanD
If the guitarist plays three chords in front of 1,000 people - rock.

If the guitarist plays 1,000 chords in front of three people - jazz.

OK, different joke. Yours too, probably.

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:36 pm
by Rob Hall
A very good one too Norman :-)

Re: How to tell the difference between blues and rock

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:13 pm
by Adam Blake
Too bloody true to be funny... (It was told to me by a jazz guitarist, needless to say)