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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby The Korff » Tue May 10, 2016 2:12 pm

The Bunk wrote:Isn't Placebo's "Pure Morning" a one-chorder?

Now that you mention it, yes, I think it is!

There's a Monster Magnet song, called 'Tab', that is one chord for the first 20 minutes or so (it goes up to the fourth after that for a few minutes, but then back to the original chord again for the last 10 or so).
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby Dude16 » Wed May 11, 2016 1:17 pm

How about these oldies?

1. "Jump Into the Fire" Harry Nillson (Nillson Schmillson)
2. "Electric Avenue" Eddie Grant
3. "When Doves Cry" Prince

I love 'em all. Very creative (yet different) ways to maintain interest over a "droning" harmony.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby Dude16 » Wed May 11, 2016 1:21 pm

Sorry! It's Harry Nilsson - and "Nilsson [b]Schmilsson[b]"!
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby Ramirez » Wed May 11, 2016 3:02 pm

Bo Diddley's 'Who Do You Love'
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby InactiveX » Sun May 22, 2016 11:12 am

blinddrew wrote:Well, actually I find them all a bit dull after about 90 sec - 2 mins.

Try "Spoonful" by Cream. :D
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby blinddrew » Sun May 22, 2016 4:14 pm

yeah. I managed about 2 minutes of that :)
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby turbodave » Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:45 pm

Most Krautrock, Bo Diddley, Leadbelly, loads of dance music..and many things written by me! The skill is in the lyrics and or the arrangement. Dave
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby blinddrew » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:15 pm

turbodave wrote:Most Krautrock, Bo Diddley, Leadbelly, loads of dance music..and many things written by me! The skill is in the lyrics and or the arrangement. Dave
Actually I think The Animals' The Story of Bo Diddley is a one chorder.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby CS70 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:12 am

Gents, this discussion was inspiring and I now just made my first one-chord song! :D
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:41 pm

CS70 wrote:Gents, this discussion was inspiring and I now just made my first one-chord song! :D

I was about to say that I wouldn't know where to start, but actually I think I might have already written one, this one.
Apologies for the general quality - my phone mic doesn't stand much of a chance with a DB and it was only recorded as a mental note.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:51 pm

CS70 wrote:Gents, this discussion was inspiring and I now just made my first one-chord song! :D

I was inspired too. I have some lyrics lying around for one of my more throw-away punk songs. I'm thinking of just cranking up the fuzz and playing A-major over it for about 90 seconds with a really basic drumbeat.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby The Bunk » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:53 pm

blinddrew wrote:

I was about to say that I wouldn't know where to start, but actually I think I might have already written one, this one.
Apologies for the general quality - my phone mic doesn't stand much of a chance with a DB and it was only recorded as a mental note.

I LIKE that a LOT! Do it!
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:59 pm

I haven't given it any more thought at all really, but I might drag a mic or two out this weekend and give it a quick go. Recording the DB in my little room is always a bit interesting though...
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby bill555 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:41 pm

Mixedup wrote:But what about songs that use only a single chord. Can they really work?
With rare exception at most, no.

There are plenty of examples of one-chord songs but most are awful (think Harry Nilson's 'Coconut'),
You crazy? That's one of the exceptions. :) (Keeping it mind it's pointedly silly)

Personally, I think Bob Marley's 'Get Up, Stand Up' works really well;
Not one chord (though you can get away w/it).
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby unitymusic » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:32 am

Get Up Offa That Thing by James Brown: https://youtu.be/sRQoYCqEr_4?list=PL8AEE61E57D632A6F
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