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Who is in a gimic band?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Broadstbully22, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    I'm just curious, who here honestly sells out. Sure we all have a line but I'm asking who sold out. Do you use silly string in a show, have costume changes, play brown eyed girl? I'm just wondering.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Asking it like that probably won't get many, if any, responses.
  3. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Does an all-midget horn section count?
  4. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    A midget horn section would be great.
  5. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Using silly string or changing clothes is "selling out"?

  6. Umm. I don't think any of that qualifies as selling out.
  7. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I always thought that "selling out" referred to giving up your artistic freedom to create whatever a businessman or producer tells you to based on demographics, market share, blah blah blah....

    Now, if you use the silly string because your record company tells you to because all the kids out there love bands with silly string... then maybe thats selling out.

    If you do it because you thought it'd be cool, then no.... that's just your thing, and who knows... maybe that's the next big thing everyone is gonna start doing. That would be visionary genius.
  8. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    Come on. Fake tattoos, crazy wigs, maybe a elvis suit. It's ridiculous and usually done by bands whose talent alone can't get them attention, so they resort to party gimmicks.
  9. Gene Simmons?

  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    So you are asking who is in a, ridrculous, talentless, gimmick band and you are actually expecting a responce after you have pre insulted their band. Good luck with that.
  11. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Do you mean to ask, "Who is interested in being employed in the entertainment business?" vs. "Who is more interested in maintaining their self described integrity than connecting with the audience who will pay?"
  12. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    We don't have to act like clowns to get good paying gigs. Make good music. Isn't that the whole point. Isn't that whats wrong with the music industry now, image is preferable to talent.
  13. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    Every band is a gimmick band.
  14. +1
    A friend said many years ago....
    About the big bands....
    They are carneys!
  15. aquamentus


    Apr 15, 2005
    Keokuk, IA
    We don't have an electric guitar in our band. And one guy plays a mandolin about 75% of the time. Some say we are a bit gimmicky for around here.
  16. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    "The world is a gimmick." Jimi Hendrix
  17. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    And so you are mocking (or whatever this thread is) the musicians for giving the audience what they want?

    That makes about as much sense as the guy that says "You better get these flies outta here or they are going to attract a pile of crap that we will have to clean up."
  18. LordRyan


    Dec 9, 2012
    Here in New Jersey there have been gimmick bands for years. The top band called The Nerds makes hundreds of thousands a year. Each member plays a nerd character and they have been doing this for about thirty years. The Bass player can sing just like Frank Sinatra.

    Past bands include The Nortons who play hard rock and all members dress like Ed Norton from the Honeymooners.

    Then there is the Amish Outlaws who all dress the part and might really be Amish.

    Another popular band is Shorty Long who have a midget keyboard player who can sing like Elton John. The also have a non-midget horn section.

    In New York City there is a band called Super Friends. The Bass player dresses like Aquaman, Guitarist is Batman, Drummer is Superman, Green Lantern on Keys, Wonder Woman plays Trumpet, and Hawkgirl on Sax. They play mostly Surf and 60's Rock.
  19. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Wait, wait, wait... did you just call Frank Sinatra a nerd?
  20. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    Here's a gimmick: Play music that nobody likes, not even yourselves, but take it (& yourselves) very, very seriously. Dress on stage like you would around the house on your day off. Don't dance or move at all on stage, don't make eye contact or otherwise connect with anybody in the audience. Don't make any sound into a mic other than singing or other "effects" that may be necessary.

    Just be cooler than anybody else, that's all. Then, when somebody tries to hand you tens of millions of dollars just for being your cool selves, you can be really cool by throwing it back in their face!

    Remember this: If you want to be a rebel, you have to look, dress, talk, & act like all the other rebels!

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