Feeling used, humiliated and degraded....

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Thirteen Ball, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    I helped a band out on saturday night. Nice bunch, at first glance, but they had a dark, depraved and shameful side.

    They made me play "Is this the way to Amarillo"

    How can I ever look my bandmates in the eye again? I am unclean!!!!
  2. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    You wouldn't feel like that if you had a decent arrangement...

    Regretably, the only decent arrangement is only available for the Fulham Band...:rolleyes:
  3. Tom-King

    Tom-King Active Member

    i know the feeling exactly...
  4. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Wretched isn't it? Is there any cure for Tonius Chrititis or am I marked for life?

    Give it to me straight, doc....
  5. Tom-King

    Tom-King Active Member

    we need some serious help!!!!

    pleeeeeeeeeeeease! help us!

    ... i have an idea... if everyone renamed it (like they do with macbeth) then the bad luck might go away... 13 - we didnt play <mumbles> its now called (umm) - ill let you think of some ideas for what to call it :p
  6. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Ha ha...we borrowed Rambo Chick and had her playing Reindeer Express!! Now that cheese just stinks of gorgonzola!!
  7. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    That's cheered me up, I'll see her at practice tonight!

    As for renaming it, that's a good idea! Not sure what to call it though. Just seen new Harry potter film, so how about "The fourth unforgiveable curse?" And forget Voldemort, Tony Christie is now "He who must not be named!"

    Oh hang on, that last one's already taken.... by Frank Bernaerts.
  8. Tom-King

    Tom-King Active Member


    "the fourth unforgiveable curse"... hmmm that might work
    tony christie could be... forgotten :D lets just forget he exists :p

    as for the arrangers - that should be changed on paper - for their own personal safety ;)
  9. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    With profuse apologies to Mr Will who replied above, of course!! ;)

    "The Fourth Unforgiveable Curse" it is then. Not even Voldemort would stoop so low as to use that one!

    Should we write to Kofi Annan and propose an amendment to the geneva convention? Or do you think it's already covered under the torture and humiliation laws?
  10. Tom-King

    Tom-King Active Member

    im not sure... itd certainly count as torture for me...
    of course! apologies to mr will.. im sure his is a good arrangement (but the piece was rubbish in the first place ;))

    actually - i feel that will deserves a medal, for bravery, to arrange that for brass band people
  11. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    One of the advanytages of being an arranger who is 6 ft 4, about 18 stone and with an attitude problem is that few people actually argue with me about the quality of my arrangements...
  12. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Good shout!

    I understand that in military situations (Iraq for example) the US army play heavy metal records at the enemy to wilt their spirits and stop them sleeping.

    Not just heavy metal though, allsorts of records. In fact, I seem to remember that "Teletubbies say Eh-Oh!" was on the playlist as well! Combine the teletubbies with our "4th unforgiveable sin" and resistance would surely crumble overnight!

    But the DJ would probably be indicted for war crimes....
  13. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member



    Being 5ft11 and rather trim (For a bass player) I'll certainly defer!

    Now where did I put my running shoes.....?
  14. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Bass player . . . run . . . something wrong there ;)
  15. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Isn't that what we classify marching as?:rolleyes:
  16. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Well as long as it's a quaver run I'm alright. Although semiquavers might make me struggle a bit though.... :oops:

    Our other BB is the fastest man in the band.... When they ring last orders!
  17. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Actually it was a request from within the band. And given who it was from, replete with her ability to employ puppy dog eyes and show off some very long legs, it wasn't difficult to agree.

    What's really sad about most arrangements of Amarillo is that most arrangers clearly haven't listened to the record.

    OK, you'll always get minor differences in the melody due to use of vocal inflections difficult to reproduce on brass instruments, but the percussion parts should be reproduced note for note. For example - if the snare isn't written on EVERY beat of the piece, as it is in the original and recent Christie recordings, then the piece loses all its urgency and liveliness. Equally, the gorgeous trombone counter melody in the second verse is essential for variety in my mind, but the three other arrangements I've heard omit this or mutilate it.

    Oy vay. Who'd be an arranger? :confused:
  18. Tom-King

    Tom-King Active Member

    who did the other arragements of the 4th unforgiveable curse then?
  19. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Discretion and the threat of legal action prevents me from naming anyone - but you've already mentioned one...
  20. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Active Member

    Having not heard your arrangement I am, of course, in no position to criticise it - however, I would venture to suggest that in this case it is not the quality of the arrangement that is in question - it is the piece that has been arranged - if you are given a pile of excrement, you will never be able to produce a diamond bracelet.
    I am sure that you have shined it well though;)

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