Recording horseplay

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jackmurray, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. We were at my house yesterday just doing some quick recording. In one song our singer had to hit a high note and just couldn't get it when the mic was infront of him. On the 4th attempt the drummer comes up behind him and gives him the most solid wedgie I've ever seen. He went WAY past the note he was trying to hit. It was the funniest thing I've ever seen.

    Another one we always do is pull dwn our pants and moon the guitarist while he's trying to lay down a solo.

    What other practical jokes do you play on your band while they're trying to record?
  2. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    In one of my old bands the drummer had an enourmous double kick set (not a pedal, actually two seperate kick drums). I routed the mics from each one to seperate tracks and panned them full L and full right before sending them to the (stereo) headphone bus. That got some weird faces out of everyone.
  3. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    When we're recording I usually end up in the producer's chair, and one time-honored ploy that always works is when somebody's just done a great take, a definite keeper, and he/she knows it. That's the time to hit the talkback button and say: "Hey - that was just about perfect, you're sounding terrific! How about if we try a real take now, while you're hot?" The effect only lasts for a few seconds, but it's a proven way to release tension and make everybody smile together.
  4. In one of my first bands, we had just finished recording all the instrument tracks and the only thing left was the vocals. He was having a tough time with his vibrato and frankly he was laying it on a little thick as far as the soul department is concerned.

    So we came up with the Kirk-O-Fudd meter. That would be captain Kirk (feel) and Elmer Fudd (vibrato). We would stand behind the engineer with our arms spread out and whenever his vibrato would go south one arm would fluctuate like the needle on a VU meter, the other arm would do the same when his feel was a bit over the top. Of course there was the occasional spike in the meter, sometimes both at the same time. Needless to say, there was more than one or two takes for the vocal tracks. This was before digital so we could not paste tracks together. It was a great way of making a stressful situation comical.
  5. verbass


    Apr 26, 2004
    dayville ct
    In a former band we played a bunch of really obnoxious VERY "BLUE" if you know what I mean ? Jokes on our engineer so when it came time to track bass I got a very loud Fake Orgasm played back through my headset instead of the drumtracks I was Recording to . I wouldn't have been so bad but they had my EX Wife do the sound effect.
  6. That's very childish when you're trying to do a recording. It works very well live, though. Quite a crowd pleaser! ;)