Musings on the byways of popular culture
14/04/2018 by ruff-diamond 35 Comments
14/04/2018 at 15:17
The banjo on Cabinessence by the Beach Boys.
14/04/2018 at 16:04
I love a bit of banjo. Can’t be on enough things for me. It’s even on the new Steven Wilson album. 👍
Mavis Diles says
14/04/2018 at 16:14
I’ve seen quite a lot of negative noise about that, so I listened with trepidation. Nope, it’s great. A good cover version, and I love the original too.
14/04/2018 at 19:27
I am with Mavis – a great version – love it!
14/04/2018 at 16:28
Iron Maiden’s The Trooper on banjo.
14/04/2018 at 17:02
Banjo will do to lift a song, if accordion or bagpipes aren’t available.
14/04/2018 at 20:36
I recall hearing a session on a Radio 3 jazz show a few years ago that featured a duo; one on accordion and the other on a banjo – with one player doubling up on reeds. The banjo play also hit his instrument with something or other throughout.
The session finished with a rendition of The Teddybear’s Picnic, of all things!
Junior Wells says
14/04/2018 at 18:27
Why is the banjo reviled but the mandolin not?
Harold Holt says
15/04/2018 at 16:57
Hayseed Dixie’s Highway to Hell (starts about a minute 15 in)
15/04/2018 at 18:34
From the father of the two brothers in Hayseed Dixie apparently.
16/04/2018 at 13:19
Paisley folk legend Danny Kyle used to say that that wee boy grew up to be Muriel Grey.
Colin H says
16/04/2018 at 15:12
I recall Danny playing Belfast in the 80s. He came on and said, ‘Hello, I’m a Paisley man, myself…’
17/04/2018 at 01:26
That sounds just like him. We still talk about him. He was some fella.
14/04/2018 at 21:04
Love a bit of banjo – not so keen on that cover version. I imagine the meeting went something like – ‘ok, how can we best f*uck this song up? Well, it’s a banger, so lets slow it right down, suck all of the joy out of it and just for good measure put a shit load of the world least favourite instrument all over it’
14/04/2018 at 22:30
It’s a cover, and a damn fine one at that:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO6-ooCFQFY&index=60&list=PLyTv9HeKF_pL6iAa29z1_pPt5xHn-AexR&t=0s
hubert rawlinson says
15/04/2018 at 13:36
I recall at the Sandy Denny tribute concert Dennis Hopper Choppers playing Matty Groves on banjo, and very good it was too.
16/04/2018 at 11:26
16/04/2018 at 11:36
Neil Hannon likes a banjo. I think it sounds good on Mother Dear.
16/04/2018 at 11:41
This be a banjo goodun:
16/04/2018 at 13:10
This is a bit corny, but I always thought it was a BBC Radiophonic Workshop composition rather than those Californians.
Moose the Mooche says
16/04/2018 at 13:11
Wasn’t it rerecorded for the H2G2 albums a la The Weight on the Easy Rider album?
Obviously I disagree that the banjo ruins this song, but it seems like a good excuse to post it – ‘Ticket To Ride’ by the Moonshiners (Mike Deighan and Big Pete Deuchar) from a rare Page One LP of 1967:
16/04/2018 at 13:20
Willie says that you can’t play a sad song on the banjo.
16/04/2018 at 15:07
Big Ben Banjo Band
GCU Grey Area says
16/04/2018 at 17:12
I went to a funeral at the local crem three weeks ago. Secular ceremony, with several pieces of music. One of which was ‘Duelling Banjos’. He liked music with fiddles, banjos and guitars. Didn’t half seem strange though, with that coming over the sound system.
16/04/2018 at 19:04
(Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in C Major K.159 – Béla Fleck)
16/04/2018 at 19:42
I like the banjo in Come On Eileen.
17/04/2018 at 08:29
You know the old joke that the definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the banjo and doesn’t.
17/04/2018 at 08:43
I have belatedly just listened to the song at the beginning and it is a joy. With the added bonus of having no frantic parpers whirling around in their nightshirts. It’s a hit from me.
17/04/2018 at 08:51
Frantic parpers in nightshirts? You be illin’!
17/04/2018 at 09:55
The Monkees plus a banjo equals pure joy in my book
17/04/2018 at 12:35
Not sure if the banjo part is a sample on this or not, but it’s a proper banger.
Leicester Bangs says
17/04/2018 at 14:25
You have to hand it to The Grid, they were unstinting in their promotion of Blue Room speakers.
count jim moriarty says
17/04/2018 at 16:45
It’s not the banjo that ruins the song. It’s the presence of Taylor bloody Swift.
24/04/2018 at 16:17
I know this came out about a year back, but again demonstrating how well the sympathetic nuanced banjo can uplift any song.
Bravo, say I.
All it misses is a yodel, something Dwight is more than adept at.
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