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Old 11-23-09, 10:28 PM   #1
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I finally have the perfect name for my punk fusion band, sportsfans.

But first, let me digress. This is both sweet and bittersweet, but let me vent a little bit of happy/sad emotional angst here...

Its not really practical to bring a guitar on the plane home with me - but I wanted to play for Mom while she's in hospital, and I found a decent deal for a practice guitar @ Target today... $75 - 1/2 price - for a Fender Starcaster acoustic guitar. Its one of those combo packages and not nearly as good as the Yamaha I bought at Costco last year, but it plays and sounds well enough for the purposes I'm using it for.

Besides, if I ever get my punk fusion band together, this thing is cheap enough I won't feel bad about smashing it on stage once the neck warps (and it will warp sportsfans, its a pretty cheap instrument).

Therefore, what do you think of the name: "Greta In The Box" For my punk fusion band? Before you get any dirty thoughts, Greta is one of the German wire-haired pointers that we periodically dogsit, and when her owners are gone, she sulks in her doghouse on the patio, thereby earning the moniker "Greta In The Box".

On the upside, whenever I show up, Great is *crazy* about me... I mean, she jumps up on my lap, wiggling in that doggie way that says "I'm going TO EXPLODE BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH."

She really was surprised when I walked in with it this afternoon and it was worth it to see her smile. I wanted to play for her, she's probably going into hospice either directly or shortly after she's released from the hospital in the next week or so, and the way her cancer is spreading, this very well could be the last. She actually looks better than I expected when I walked in yesterday afternoon, but she looks frail, is weak, and if they can't get her back pain under control with radiation - she's punching the morphine self-med button as fast as the timer will dispense it - she's not going to be able to walk and take care of herself, which means hospice.

So, after all, I don't think I'm gonna smash it... because if this is the last time she sees me playing a guitar, its going to mean a lot to retrieve and keep it after I come back to do the estate sale and sell the house (I'm leaving it here so I have an instrument to play when I'm in town. I'm hoping she will be around for Christmas. I've tried to talk her into coming to Cali, but she is determined to finish her life in Iowa).

Anyway, I told Mom about Greta and the basis for the band name, and she liked it...
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Sounds good to me. Got a good ring, it's inspired. Alice in Chains ... Coheed and Cambria ... a nice cadence
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Sounds good to me. Got a good ring, it's inspired. Alice in Chains ... Coheed and Cambria ... a nice cadence
Thank you. The cool thing is the name could work for a #er of genres - punk, rock, metal, fusion, jazz...

But I don't do folk or country. I only date my own species.

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Too bad that:

a) you don't have your band together yet
b) you aren't local to me.

Local bands are being voted upon to be the opening act for KISS when they come to town.

Greta in the Box isn't too bad, though I could have helluva fun with a variation of your sig line. Imagine the look on the clerk's face when you ask if they have any Iguana Guano.
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Too bad that:

a) you don't have your band together yet
b) you aren't local to me.

Local bands are being voted upon to be the opening act for KISS when they come to town.

Greta in the Box isn't too bad, though I could have helluva fun with a variation of your sig line. Imagine the look on the clerk's face when you ask if they have any Iguana Guano.
Man, that would rock to open for KISS. Even though they are one of the worst rock bands musically like ever, they put on a great show.

Plus, at 48, those guys make me look like a whippersnapper
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I was in a punk band one time called "Kris Pistofferson and The Omega Mimes." The band broke up, but the name stuck.
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Awesome. Too bad the band broke up.
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I'm so sorry you have to go through all that, bluevelo.

Greta in the Box is a great name, though. I've always wanted to start a band called Sandpaper Handjob.
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I DO play folk, old time country and roots music. My here again gone again band is Collosal Possum. We have issues.

I love other types of music from ska to hard rock to pop and punk. But I play roots.
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Oh yeah. Greta In The Box is a Great band name!

Very S/M sounding.
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Oh yeah. Greta In The Box is a Great band name!

Very S/M sounding.
Reminiscent of Boxing Helena.

Boxing Greta.....
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When I read "box", I thought "coffin".

Just offering a little different perspective.
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sounds good bluevelo!

i'm going to see less than jake tomorrow, wooo! (sry, seemed like the most relevant thread to note that. lol)
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I was in a punk band one time called "Kris Pistofferson and The Omega Mimes." The band broke up, but the name stuck.
it's a great name, I'd have kept it as well.
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I like the name! Probably because I've got a thing for Greta Garbo.
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Op is that you in your avatar? There's a guy in Sac that everytime I see him, he has a parrot on his shoulder.
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Awesome. Too bad the band broke up.
Punk bands are a little like sea creatures, they reproduce in astronomical numbers because the death rate is so high.

I like the name, by the way.
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Great name. Make sure to hit bandreg and other name registration sites so you have it logged until if/when you can formally trademark it.
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Works for me. My band used to be called Automatic Jack after the character in Burning Chrome, then we found out it was in use.

Tonight we are opening for Pete Moss and the Fertilizers (no, I am not making that up)

www.myspace.com/briarstreetband

In my musical experience, if you are doing it for fun, then punk, ska, acid, etc is fine, but you are going to be limited in when and where you can play. As much as cover bands are maligned, they do pretty well. We play in some pretty nice places to big crowds, and we play a lot. We are busy tonight, Saturday, and then every Saturday for the rest of the year, including 2 company parties.
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When I read "box", I thought "coffin".

Just offering a little different perspective.
It could go either way.

I've thought about just keeping this as a band name to cover any situation, whether I'm playing solo or have a group of players together.

Oh, BTW, I wrote a really cool new song in the hospital room last night for Mom. She loves Dixieland music, and kept requesting all these old banjo tunes that I don't know (she gets me confused with her father, who was a pro jazz musician in Chicago for 50 years). So I started fooling around with banjo-like strumming and found this riff of 7th chords that I named "Fake Banjo For Mom". Still working on a head but I've got some pretty good lines.

Intro:

C7 G7 Ab7 F7 (2x)

Bridge:

C7 F7 Bb7 Eb7 Ab7 Db7 Gb7 (2x then G7#9)

Repeat (1x)

C7 G7 Ab7 F7

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Works for me. My band used to be called Automatic Jack after the character in Burning Chrome, then we found out it was in use.

Tonight we are opening for Pete Moss and the Fertilizers (no, I am not making that up)

www.myspace.com/briarstreetband

In my musical experience, if you are doing it for fun, then punk, ska, acid, etc is fine, but you are going to be limited in when and where you can play. As much as cover bands are maligned, they do pretty well. We play in some pretty nice places to big crowds, and we play a lot. We are busy tonight, Saturday, and then every Saturday for the rest of the year, including 2 company parties.
You know, the Cowtown Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 5K has bands along the Mary and 1/2 courses and a really good band at the finish line. It was a cover band this year that was VERY good. In fact, some cover bands improve upon the original versions, IMHO.
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For a punk band I suggest "Greta outa box". My last serious band I played in was called: Conny Jazz. And we didn't play country - pity we broke up - hats off to Johny Cash.
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We do some stuff as close as we can to the original. Some stuff we imitate the live version by the artist, and sometimes we just make it up as we go. The fun with a cover band is the interaction with the crowd. For instance, I am the bass player and I sing lead on Keep Your Hands To Yourself. I do my best to get the crowd to sing it with me. If I fail, then the song fails. We do the same thing on Old Time Rock and Roll, Takin Care of Business, and Mustang Sally, and on others. We will play festivals and either follow or lead in an original band once in a while. The other band will always make a comment about how good we are at getting the crowd engaged. What they don't understand is that they are doing songs that no one knows. You can't get the crowd involved if they don't know the words.

BTW, if you are just getting started get ready to spend a lot more money than you can believe. Musical performance for fun is not for the young and poor. We are all professionals with good jobs. This is a hobby for us. I have about $7000 in my current setup. The keyboard player has twice that in his. It is an expensive hobby.
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We do some stuff as close as we can to the original. Some stuff we imitate the live version by the artist, and sometimes we just make it up as we go. The fun with a cover band is the interaction with the crowd. For instance, I am the bass player and I sing lead on Keep Your Hands To Yourself. I do my best to get the crowd to sing it with me. If I fail, then the song fails. We do the same thing on Old Time Rock and Roll, Takin Care of Business, and Mustang Sally, and on others. We will play festivals and either follow or lead in an original band once in a while. The other band will always make a comment about how good we are at getting the crowd engaged. What they don't understand is that they are doing songs that no one knows. You can't get the crowd involved if they don't know the words.

BTW, if you are just getting started get ready to spend a lot more money than you can believe. Musical performance for fun is not for the young and poor. We are all professionals with good jobs. This is a hobby for us. I have about $7000 in my current setup. The keyboard player has twice that in his. It is an expensive hobby.
That's really not much compared to what a couple of high end carbon or ti bikes cost with top of the line Campy or Shimano.

All I really need at this point are a Macbook - which you get a basic one for a grand at Best Buy - and a more powerful amp for gigs. I see what you are saying about PAs, etc. I've been in several jazz combos, jazz band in high school and college, and a couple of rock bands so I'm quite familiar with all the crap you have to drag around with you
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