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  posted on 6/24/2017 at 12:20 PM
OK, no shame here, I actually thought of this while reading the ABB vs Dead thread. Someone mentioned Donna, and it occurred to me that every member of the Dead except maybe Mickey and Bill have in some way been the brunt of humor. Bobby in particular.

Then as my idle grey matter processed this totally pointless question, it dawned on me that, other than a few digs at Betts (usually at times when the poor guy was baring his soul and slaving his heart out during endless solos) the Allman Brothers by and large were never funny. Just ultracool and hip and there was nothing you could rip them on.

Extrapolation:

Stones: Totally funny, every member, except Brian Jones
Beatles: Not funny, except early on when they were funny on purpose.
Airplane: Mostly not funny, but Marty Balin made up for that in a big way
Quicksilver Messenger Service: Same as Airplane, not funny except for Dino
Mountain: Funny
Hendrix: Scary, never funny
Floyd: Not funny
Yes: Not funny
Zeppelin: Both, not studio or in concert, but for sure funny in live recorded video
ZZ Top: Funny
The Who: Not funny
Neil Sadaka: Funny
Eagles: Not funny
Tull: Not funny
Black Sabbath: Perfect balance of funny and scary
Alice Cooper: Funny
Derek Trucks: Not funny
Robin Trower: Funny
Fleetwood Mac: Funny
Springsteen: Not funny
Styx: Infuriating
Billy Joel: Smash the radio


And so on. A genuine mystery.

P.S. correction on Airplane. Jack was funny.


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  posted on 6/24/2017 at 01:58 PM
You missed the funnest band ever- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band when Jimmy Ibbotson was still a member. He and Jeff Hanna were a comedy team and John McEuen was a stand up comedian.
 

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  posted on 6/24/2017 at 06:24 PM
You also missed how Zappa, Captain Beefheart, WSP (Widespread panic), gov't mule, and Phish are all funny.

I'm not sure why you consider Hendrix to be "scary never funny" and Derek Trucks to be "not funny"?

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  posted on 6/24/2017 at 06:37 PM
Watch The Who documentary "The Kids Are Alright"; Keith Moon and Pete Townsend are very funny. The Who did "Squeeze Box" and "I'm a Boy" and "Tattoo" and "My Wife." They named an album "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy." They are funny.

Watch a Derek Trucks interview or listen to his Marc Marin interview. He may have looked stoic onstage, but he has a good dry wit and a ready laugh.

Funny: Paul Westerberg, Ray Davies, Ian Gillian, Levon Helm, David Lee Roth, Johnny Rotten.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2017 at 09:00 PM
Depends on what you mean by "funny". I'm not talking about comedy, or the band having a sense of humor, more like bands that cause folks to joke about them for whatever reason. It seems to have to do with character.

Like it is an old deadhead tradition to pick on Bob Weir, for some strange reason. But you can't touch Derek Trucks, he is too cool. That's my angle.

Zappa is a tough one. He was humorous and joked, and his material was funny as hell, but it was hard to laugh at him personally.

Sheridan gets it, those guys are all funny even though they are trying to be serious.

I thought about the Who, and while they may seem funny, it is in a Clockwork Orange kind of way, and is actually more frightening than anything. Like when Keith busts out of that box in the Kids Are Alright, it is too true to be funny. Guy was a maniac.

Scary Hendrix, just couldn't think of a better word, definitely not funny, like he was on a whole other plane that you couldn't really understand and it just left you in awe. Love Hendrix, but there is this weird sort of vertigo or something, that I get from his stuff, can't listen to it very often.

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  posted on 6/24/2017 at 09:13 PM
caveat: thread not to be taken seriously, thx. Not that it was being taken seriously, but it will get pretty awkward if say I have to go into an elaborate detailed explanation of Trower's facial expressions, for example.

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Which reminds me, correction on Yes: Steve Howe - funny






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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 08:46 AM
As a huge Trower fan, when I read the initial post and saw him listed as "funny," the only thing I could think of that would put him in that category is his facial expressions, so I'm glad you clarified that Rabbit. My wife always said it looked like he was sucking on lemons when he was soloing. I always get too caught up in his playing to pay attention to his odd faces.
 

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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 09:35 AM
Might have to put Jethro Tull in the "funny" category just based on their photo on the album cover of "This Was"...

Plus I've seen quite a few other funny photos of them with bizarre facial expressions and equally bizarre attire.
I think Ian possessed a very Monty Python-like sense of humor, so to me, Tull = Funny!

 

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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 09:52 AM
? Really . I fail to see the humor in Tull. Just kiddng, in case anyone fails to see the humor in saying I fail to see the humor in Tull. Although I musr say that if Derek Trucks wore tights and a codpiece and stood on one leg he might qualufy as funny:



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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 06:49 PM
not sure if he was "funny" but Warren Zevon was a genius, a genuinely good guy, witty, his lyrics painted quite a picture, often whimsical and "out there". Loved the dude.

"I saw a werewolf drinkin a pina colada at trader vic's. His hair was perfect".



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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 07:19 PM
Rush - Funny. But serious.

The times I've seen Tull live I thought they were funny. But a dark kind of funny.

Joe Cocker - Not funny but so effin awesome he made you smile.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 07:28 PM
I don't know about the ABB escaping. Gregg was the poster boy for messed up 70s rock star.

 

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Bob Dylan, very funny, mocked for his voice and looks and quite the jokester......Peace.....joe
 

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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 11:19 PM
Dylan is a good choice, pretty damn funny at times. Neil Young too. Fallon absolutely nailed him on SNL.

As for the ABB or GA specifically, the Amy Pohler "I'm No Angel" perfume skit from SNL comes to mind. That was funny.
Although some in this forum might have issue with it.. Still, it was funny!!

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  posted on 6/25/2017 at 11:32 PM
BTW, in that above photo of Steve Howe, he kind of has a Nigel Tuffnel thing going on with the expression and the hair.
 

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  posted on 6/26/2017 at 01:28 AM
Don't forget Steve Marriot. He could tell some great stories during the show. Also Southside Johnny . But one of the best was the Faces.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2017 at 07:45 AM
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  posted on 6/26/2017 at 08:07 AM
Great call on Dylan! People spend so much time trying to figure out how "deep" he is and miss the humor all together!

Nobody's mentioned Steely Dan yet. Cerebral rock and roll humor at its finest!

The Beatles not funny? Someone forgot to tell George Harrison!

NRBQ was a funny bunch!

Then there's the Amazing Rhythm Aces. "Third Rate Romance" might be the funniest song ever written! ("... she said, "Ive never really done a thing like this before. Have you?" He said, "yes, I have - but only a time or two."..."")

 

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  posted on 6/26/2017 at 11:53 PM
"Hendrix: Scary, never funny"

I get what you are saying about Jimi being so intense, but he was one of the funniest cats that ever lived. He was the epitome of somebody who took music very seriously, but not himself. He could indeed be scary, but he also had a lighthearted side.

Some of my favorite funny stage banter is from Hendrix....

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Of course, whether you mean "Funny ha-ha" or "Funny strange" nobody was ever funnier than Col. Bruce Hampton.

 
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