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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Yankomaniac » Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:35 am

Generic and Buckingham Blues rule so much! They definitely know how to play the blues, coudn't pick a better of the two though, they both rock hard and have really hilarious and clever lyrics and wicked guitar riffs. The harmonica melts my mind everytime too.
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electic guitars!!

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Re: Generic Blues

Postby JohnnyLurg » Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:54 am

Yankomaniac wrote:Generic and Buckingham Blues rule so much! They definitely know how to play the blues, coudn't pick a better of the two though, they both rock hard and have really hilarious and clever lyrics and wicked guitar riffs. The harmonica melts my mind everytime too.


Dead Car Battery Blues is pretty darn good too.
not to mention the toilets at Madonna Inn
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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Yankomaniac » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:51 pm

Totally rules.
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electic guitars!!

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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Skippy » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:34 pm

I've never seen a specific song mentioned for this song, just that it's a "blues style parody." Well, I've been working on this timeline project thing and I think I've found the song GB is based on:

Muddy Waters - Lonesome Road Blues

That harmonica is so dead-on in so many places that it can't possibly be an accident. There's also the "lonesome road" lyrical connection.
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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Bruce the Duck » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:08 pm

Skippy wrote:I've never seen a specific song mentioned for this song, just that it's a "blues style parody." Well, I've been working on this timeline project thing and I think I've found the song GB is based on:

Muddy Waters - Lonesome Road Blues

That harmonica is so dead-on in so many places that it can't possibly be an accident. There's also the "lonesome road" lyrical connection.


Wow! That's almost the exact same. I don't know about anyone else, but when someone uncovers songs that are so close to Al's versions like this, it takes away from my appreciation of Al's version a bit because it's not as "original" as I thought. :think:
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Re: Generic Blues

Postby TMBJon » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:31 pm

Yeah, Muddy Waters is definitely one of the main influences for Generic Blues, specifically Lonesome Road Blues.

I disagree that it takes away from Al's style parody though. In the case of Dick's Automotive, I concede it was a little disappointing to realize it was basically the same song. Otherwise I think it makes the style parodies much better to see just how closely he's able to approximate the target, appreciate the subtle differences, and most of the time it enhances the overall joke of the song.
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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Skippy » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:43 pm

As a fan of music in general, and especially the history of American pop/rock music, this only enhances the Al experience for me. I guess some could see it as Al ripping off these songs, but I think he's just paying homage to the music and artists he enjoys or who have had a lasting impact on the pop landscape.

I like that he's so aware of the entirety of the musical spectrum and not just whatever artists he's "skewering" at the moment.
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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:30 pm

My brothers and sisters all hated me because I was an only child.

What's the literary term to describe this statement?
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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Cameron the Taco » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:46 pm

Yankovic-Gretzky wrote:My brothers and sisters all hated me because I was an only child.

What's the literary term to describe this statement?

Impossible irony?
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Re: Generic Blues

Postby Skippy » Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:08 pm

Yankovic-Gretzky wrote:My brothers and sisters all hated me because I was an only child.

What's the literary term to describe this statement?


I think this is the word you're looking for.
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