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GinnyT11
12-22-2011, 03:13 PM
I read that country singer Larry Gatlin appeared on Fox & Friends and played a Christmas song. During his visit, he made some folksy comments. One was: "Perfect pitch is when you throw a banjo in a Dumpster and it hits a ukulele."

Discuss.

coolkayaker1
12-22-2011, 03:27 PM
I haven't paid no attention to Larry Gatlin since he drove that tractor trailer full of Coors across Texarkana in Smokey And The Bandit. And even then, I was eyeballin' Sally "Flying Nun" Fields most of the time.

Plainsong
12-22-2011, 03:27 PM
Meh, sounds like a ripoff of old long standing saxophone jokes to me.

So he doesn't like banjos or ukes then. But that's ok, I don't think Fox and Friends would cater to the typical uke player anyway. Just dumb everything down. Revel in stupidity, take pride in not knowing musical terminology...

PoiDog
12-22-2011, 03:33 PM
Ummm ... forgive my ignorance, but who is Larry Gatling? Is he in any way associated with the Kardasians?

vanflynn
12-22-2011, 03:39 PM
Consider the source. He's basically know for the song "Elvira"

coolkayaker1
12-22-2011, 03:44 PM
The guy invents the gatlin machine gun and thinks he can comment on the ukulele? Stick with guns, fool.

joejeweler
12-22-2011, 04:01 PM
Come on guys,....do a "little" research. When i was a bit younger, "The Gatlin Brothers" were one of my favorite vocalist groups. They had harmony down to a tear breaking level,...really. If the disparaging remark made regarding
ukuleles really happened, i don't agree with, of course. But during their prime they surely had talent!

A few recent links:

"Statues Without Hearts" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARTaH3RanF4&feature=related

"Broken Lady" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yJOcp32p9g

"I've Done Enough Dyin Today" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvBLtmdArVs&feature=related

"I Don't Wanna Cry" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H6XnJSR5iI&feature=related

mds725
12-22-2011, 04:18 PM
There are probably people who would define "perfect pitch" as when you throw a banjo in a Dumpster and it hits a country singer, preferably while he's sleeping so he won't yowl when the banjo hits him. I say live and let live. All music is good.

bdukes
12-22-2011, 04:26 PM
I don't have a dog in this fight, just a few clarifications. Elvira was sung by the Oakridge Boys. Jerry Reed was in Smokey and the Bandit.

And Gatlin's comment was sure to rile this crowd. :)

Steedy
12-22-2011, 04:32 PM
I LOL'd. :)

ukemunga
12-22-2011, 04:39 PM
Larry's just a likeable good 'ol boy making a joke. Saw it live, thought "FU" in passing and didn't take it seriously.

Give the poor guy a break, eh? I'm sure he didn't really mean anything by it.

Gotta admit though... wondered what the heck he was doing on that show in that capacity!

PoiDog
12-22-2011, 04:44 PM
I'm serious. I don't know who he is, and I don't know whether I've ever heard any of his songs.

Either way, I don't give much of a wet slap what he thinks. As I'm sure he doesn't care what I think about country music.

It's all good

GinnyT11
12-22-2011, 04:53 PM
There are probably people who would define "perfect pitch" as when you throw a banjo in a Dumpster and it hits a country singer, preferably while he's sleeping so he won't yowl when the banjo hits him. I say live and let live. All music is good.

That's pretty funny.

I generally give country music a pass, with a very few exceptions, such as Willie Nelson's work, and the "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which is a virtuoso piece. However, some have deep philosophy that's hard to disagree with, such as "Cigareets and Whisky and Wild, Wild Women."

TCK
12-22-2011, 06:36 PM
Larry Gatlin? No need to get fired up, even at the top of his game he was about as country as Donnie and Marie (albeit without the little bit rock and roll). Hasn't even headlined a fair since 1980...totally Branson bait. He probably said the same about the Steel Guitar.
Some great music taking a beating here though-you are all missing about 100 years of amazing music because the radio only played the Oak Ridge Boys...and Gatlin Brothers, when you were kids.

joeybug
12-22-2011, 07:41 PM
No idea who he is, and don't really care either. Live, let live, play my Ukes, doing it for me and my love of music, not for approval from strangers!

Have fun! Play loud! Make music! It's all good :D

Ukulele JJ
12-23-2011, 03:04 AM
From the "Ukulele Underground Rules (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?14-Ukulele-Underground-Rules)" sticky in this forum section (which I just know every one of you has read and committed to memory, right?):

"No artist bashing"

I think we could honor that best by keeping the discussion focused on what Mr. Gatlin said, and maybe not so much on his relevance as a musician or the merits of country music in general.

As for me, I think he was just making a joke. I probably would've thought it was funny if I hadn't heard it before (about different instruments).

People make jokes about banjos and ukuleles all the time. Not to mention steel guitar, viola, trombone, and tons of others. Doesn't mean they don't like the instrument--they're just taking advantage of one of the reputations the instrument has as an easy target for jokes. Even the "cool" instruments get jokes made about the people who play them. No biggie.

Heck, I'll be the first to make an accordion joke, and I play and teach accordion! :-)

JJ

garyg
12-23-2011, 03:29 AM
JJ - With baited breath I await your accordion joke thread! g2



From the "Ukulele Underground Rules (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?14-Ukulele-Underground-Rules)" sticky in this forum section (which I just know every one of you has read and committed to memory, right?):

"No artist bashing"

I think we could honor that best by keeping the discussion focused on what Mr. Gatlin said, and maybe not so much on his relevance as a musician or the merits of country music in general.

As for me, I think he was just making a joke. I probably would've thought it was funny if I hadn't heard it before (about different instruments).

People make jokes about banjos and ukuleles all the time. Not to mention steel guitar, viola, trombone, and tons of others. Doesn't mean they don't like the instrument--they're just taking advantage of one of the reputations the instrument has as an easy target for jokes. Even the "cool" instruments get jokes made about the people who play them. No biggie.

Heck, I'll be the first to make an accordion joke, and I play and teach accordion! :-)

JJ

roxhum
12-23-2011, 03:41 AM
Oh how I have suffered from my friends when I took up the accordion.... Not nearly so much jabbing when I started playing the uke. I think it is "just" a joke.

Ukulele JJ
12-23-2011, 04:40 AM
JJ - With baited breath I await your accordion joke thread! g2

Come to think of it, I posted an accordion joke just a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?57036-Squeek...Honk....Toot-Caution-accordion-content-ahead&p=820324#post820324


JJ

garyg
12-23-2011, 05:40 AM
It's a start, but a genre??? We need more for that. <g>.

TCK
12-23-2011, 01:33 PM
Come to think of it, I posted an accordion joke just a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?57036-Squeek...Honk....Toot-Caution-accordion-content-ahead&p=820324#post820324


JJ
And the Holy Grail of accordion jokes it is. As for artist bashing...is that really a rule here? Wow-this is a great place, but not being allowed to dislike something as compelling and emotional as music sure sullies it a bit doesn't it? I better mind my p's and q's I suppose, but I was not bashing Larry- I was simply commenting of the reality of his career (http://www.bransonworld.com/branson-shows/detail/larry-gatlin-and-the-gatlin-brothers.html), and it's dubious connection to what I deem country music (one of the oldest and most important forms of folk music in America). I love Donnie and Mary and the Fair- especially those waffle cone things, and a chance to see Loverboy.
In any event- point taken. Off to read the rules again before I really step on someone's toes.

Plainsong
12-23-2011, 01:51 PM
Accordion WIN:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPu3XBSlJyk

But seriously, who even watches Fox and Friends?

OldePhart
12-23-2011, 01:57 PM
The guy invents the gatlin machine gun and thinks he can comment on the ukulele? Stick with guns, fool.
This is either humor or an example of extraordinary irony, I'm not sure which.

(Just in case, it's the Gatling gun and was invented before Larry was born. :) )

Ukulele JJ
12-24-2011, 02:21 AM
As for artist bashing...is that really a rule here? Wow-this is a great place, but not being allowed to dislike something as compelling and emotional as music sure sullies it a bit doesn't it?

Well, I don't think the point of that rule is to force you to like all music. :-) Or to even keep you from expressing dislike of an artist or music. It's more to discourage expressing that dislike in a jerky way--like you see in all the other internet forum that UU doesn't want to turn into.

The funny thing about music (and art in general) is that, no matter how completely crappy you and I and nearly everyone else on the planet think artist A or song B is, there are people out there who just love artist A and/or song B. Sometimes some of those people post and read here on UU. There are ways to say that you're not a fan of artist A, or that song B isn't your cup of tea, that don't make the fans feel bad for liking what they like.

That's really the main idea of the "no bashing" rule, as I understand it. It's not meant to be the though police or turn the forum into "Pollyanna On Music" or anything. :-)

(And I don't think anyone was strongly violating the rule in this here yet. But the thread was starting to veer that way... Was I premature in getting all mod-y? Maybe.)


JJ

ukemunga
12-24-2011, 03:31 AM
But seriously, who even watches Fox and Friends?

I do. :eek: Anyone else?

OldePhart
12-24-2011, 04:04 AM
I do. :eek: Anyone else?
I might if I had cable...or watched TV...

I can't bring myself to waste time on the television when there are more important things to do - like making Middle Earth safe for Hobbitses... LOL

PoiDog
12-24-2011, 05:31 AM
"No artist bashing"

JJ

Well, since the rule only applies to artists, I guess that means we can still make fun of Justin Beiber.

I kid, I kid.

consitter
12-25-2011, 06:46 PM
Well, since the rule only applies to artists, I guess that means we can still make fun of Justin Beiber.

I kid, I kid.

Did you hear that Justin's latest tour has been cancelled? He sprained his winking muscles! ;)

Pippin
12-26-2011, 03:12 AM
I haven't paid no attention to Larry Gatlin since he drove that tractor trailer full of Coors across Texarkana in Smokey And The Bandit. And even then, I was eyeballin' Sally "Flying Nun" Fields most of the time.

That was Jerry Reed.

Steedy
12-26-2011, 11:26 AM
Jerry Reed was one of the greatest guitar pickers ever. The albums he recorded with Chet Atkins (Me and Jerry / Me and Chet) are mighty fine!

Ukuleleblues
12-26-2011, 03:55 PM
Accordion WIN:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPu3XBSlJyk

But seriously, who even watches Fox and Friends?

I listened to this Utube Accordian vid (It was really cool thanks for posting) while reading about my buddy Larry, the inventor of the Gatlin gun, who starred in Smokey and the Bandit, apprehended John Wilkes Booth and Shot Osama Bin Laden.

Well let me tell you, me and Larry used to go SHOOTIN Hobbits with his gun while I played the Uke, (I am not makin this up!) He loved the uke and he said it smoothed his nerves better than a swig of Black Jack.

He was a real kidder and used to give me a hard time. I told him over and over again not to make jokes like that about ukes if he wants to be president, as he will LOSE THE UKE VOTE.

But one day after we was hitting the Black Jack hard and Pluggin Hobbits and any thing else that popped up from Middle Earth with that gun of his, he told me his Momma ran off with a uke player, and broke his daddy's heart!!!

That might explain his comments. I am sure HE KNEW that Banjo players are ok with stuff like that because.......well have you ever heard a banjo up close? They are just glad they get mentioned without cuss words in front of banjo.

Hope you all had a great Xmas!

TCK
12-26-2011, 04:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHK_qovGETw
God Bless Larry Gatlin for bringing us stuff like this....
Wait...
Oh I give up

Steedy
12-26-2011, 04:25 PM
I think Larry Gatlin played 5-string on this track, and maybe doubled on ukulele during the guitar break:

(CAUTION: Includes language not suitable for work or small children.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnRwQjTYfGI&feature=fvst

;)

TCK
12-26-2011, 04:34 PM
I think Larry Gatlin played 5-string on this track, and maybe doubled on ukulele during the guitar break:

(CAUTION: Includes language not suitable for work or small children.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnRwQjTYfGI&feature=fvst

;)
where is the darn like button?

Nickie
12-26-2011, 04:54 PM
If he is a country "star", I couldn't care less what he thinks about the ukulele. Stupid people making stupid comments don't rile me, I don't have time for them. I've met Willie Nelson, he's the only one I listen to. Don't care for the rest. I've always considered "Country" music just a dumbed down version of Pop.
I don't own a TV, either. Who in the world that can play ukulele has time for TV?

joejeweler
12-26-2011, 11:04 PM
If he is a country "star", I couldn't care less what he thinks about the ukulele. Stupid people making stupid comments don't rile me, I don't have time for them. I've met Willie Nelson, he's the only one I listen to. Don't care for the rest. I've always considered "Country" music just a dumbed down version of Pop.
I don't own a TV, either. Who in the world that can play ukulele has time for TV?

Then i guess you don't know about the cable THE UKE CHANNEL then? 24 hours of your favorite Ukelists getting down!


.....oops,....just woke up......


.....never mind! :D

GinnyT11
12-27-2011, 04:06 AM
Speaking of banjos (which was just barely, above)...comedian Steve Martin plays banjo and likes it because it's a "happy instrument."
He said that if Richard Nixon had played banjo, such as when he was coming down the steps of the plane after his visit to China, his whole administration would have been quite different. A mind-boggling thought, no?


What world leader could benefit or could have benefited from playing a uke? (Would it be amped?)
Idi Amin?
Ghaddafi?
Ahmadinijad? (Or as Stephen Colbert says, Ad-hominenattack-ijad)

ichadwick
12-27-2011, 04:25 AM
Country music? Isn't that a derivative form of folk? Instead of marches and protests, you get cheating and drinking. And maybe horses.

Ukuleleblues
12-27-2011, 05:11 AM
http://www.newshounds.us/if_it_s_monday_it_must_be_brad_stine

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/05/larry-gatlin-cocaine-white-house-jimmy-carter.html

I wonder what Boulder Creek thinks of his comment since they sell Riptide Ukes?
http://www.bouldercreekguitars.com/artists/Larry-Gatlin.htm

Ukulele JJ
12-27-2011, 10:51 AM
Christmas-related accordion joke...

31499

JJ

Ukuleleblues
12-27-2011, 12:33 PM
Christmas-related accordion joke...

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JJ

Man thats brutal ;)

OldePhart
12-29-2011, 08:01 AM
Christmas-related accordion joke...

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JJ
BWAAAA-HAAAA - that there was funny!