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The best way to look like an idiot on stage

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by easyj, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. I know that many of you here gig and also regularly see other bands gig.

    What is the best way to look like an idiot on stage?

    I only ask that we keep it light and discuss idiotic things that make us laugh, not idiotic things that genuinely offend people.
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  2. A local guy swings a giant pair of panties over his head for the intro of certain songs.
    He calls the ballads panty-droppers.
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  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Oh boy! Here comes another discussion about shorts, flip-flops, t-shirts, and music stands. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  4. 4 Strings Good

    4 Strings Good

    Mar 6, 2014
    Extreme guitar face is a pretty good way to look idiotic when playing bass on stage.
    Unless you're Este Haim. I saw her live and she was awesome.
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  5. Doesn’t look any less silly when playing guitar. Absurd. Why do this? 56EF7033-3503-4B9B-985E-B07E731FFF08.
  6. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi @easyj,

    Since you asked, I laughed hard when I saw a picture of myself with all that, and a mullet! :roflmao:


    Thank you for your indulgence,

  7. I don’t see any flip flops!
  8. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013

    I think I'd rather throw some flubbed notes than show up with a bad haircut.

    I'd prefer to look like an idiot by mismatching my socks and then wearing sandals on top of them in lieu of shoes than to look like an idiot by cussing out a bandmate while wearing sandals and matching socks.

    I'd prefer to look like an idiot for bringing a huge stack of speakers to a small show than to look like an idiot for forgetting to bring an amp.
  9. I think people look like idiots when they “ham it up” while playing their instrument, as a fellow bass player seems to need to do here. He is clearly putting in too much effort for each note (you can skip to 1:05)

  10. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Well, not quite on stage but....jump up on a table to rock it out, only for the table to collapse and the bass player comes crashing down. Didn't miss a note, though!

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  11. I think a lead singer reading the words off an iPad and using his finger to scroll the words is awesome.
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  12. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    Whoa! Is he playing bass or starting a stubborn lawn mower?
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  13. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I love that performance.

    I was in a band last summer where the BL/guitarist would prance around in the audience with his wireless setup while soloing. It was insanely corny and especially cringe inducing when he didn’t have his built in harem of aging harpy women to gesticulate and swoon over his sweet “moves”. Sometimes people would just kind of stare at him blankly or move away in disgust off the dance floor, probably out of fear of being put under his magical rock and roll spell. Same guy that would tune his guitar at full volume and insist on sound checking with a full verse of Sweet Home Alabama every single time. He can’t afford to pay me what it would take to get me to gig with him again...
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  14. Sadly, my band....on stage, mid-set. Names changed to protect the guilty. Bill, the keyboard player, ate some kind of brownie before the gig and was quite out of it.

    Joe (talking into the mic, softly and slowly, as he would to a child): Bill, doesn’t this next song start with you playing harmonica?

    Bill (nodding, head bobbing around): Oh, um, yeah.

    Joe (into the mic): Don’t you think it would be a good idea to get out your harmonica then?

    Bill: Oh, yeah, ok.....ok.

    We really kept the crowd dancing that night.
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  15. Singer mis-reading the setlist and introducing the wrong song.
  16. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck

    Sep 19, 2006
    Plainfield Illinois
    I heard that Rivers told his band mates to jam it up because he had a bad knee or broken leg, or something along those lines.

    I dig that performance too.
  17. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Our lead singer once announced “Welcome to Jamie’s”. He was too high to notice, even after our dagger stares, that we weren’t playing Jamie’s that night.
  18. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010

    Don't get me wrong. I love Dave Grohl and I think he is far from an idiot, but this was not one of his best moments.
  19. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I sometimes gig on small stages (usually to small crowds as well but ....). It seems that at least once a night I trip over my smallish pedal board. I've never fallen, but it's hard to look cool whilst stumbling. I'm getting better and better at it though.
  20. WI Short Scaler

    WI Short Scaler Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2018
    Central WI
    At one time in the band I just left, we had 6 people, 2 guitars/bass/drums/keys/singer.

    Somehow when the setlist was printed and handed out, 3 different versions were on the stage. We made it through the first set fine, there were no changes there. However, we count off to start the 2nd set and started 3 different songs simultaneously. Yikes. We laughed it off and maybe that's a bonus to being in small town central WI but we either know or are friends with 2/3 of the audience so it was a joke that was discussed for some time.

    Stuff happens.

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