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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

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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby Aurongroove » Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:56 am

Two I play regularly at gigs are;

Bob Dylan - Ballad of Hollis Brown (there is axuillary notes, but no change of chord)

Bill Landford and the Landfordaires - Run On for a Long Time (this was sampled my Moby)



I also have 2, "no" chord songs I play (no chordal accompaniment)


Bette Jones - Sometime (also sampled by Moby!)

Son House - Grinnin' in you Face
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby Aurongroove » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:01 am

Also becasue of the tradition of drone instrument in Celtic music, there are any number of "one Chord" traditional Irish and Scottish songs,

I say one chord, they'd even just be "One power chord" as they can be sang all the way through with a Open 5th drone.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby Julian Walker » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:15 am

blinddrew wrote:
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.

Got to finish that one Drew, great voice, very much like Chris Wood who I love....and an upright bass....who could want more?

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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby blinddrew » Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:47 pm

Thanks Julian, it is on the list to do, I started recording it a few weeks ago but I recall having a few problems with it and I've forgotten where I got to.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby Julian Walker » Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:46 pm

blinddrew wrote:Thanks Julian, it is on the list to do, I started recording it a few weeks ago but I recall having a few problems with it and I've forgotten where I got to.

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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby blinddrew » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:25 pm

Well, I now have the bass recorded and the vocal, and absolutely no idea about what to do with it.
There's a completely dry draft here if anyone wants to proffer any (polite!) suggestions: https://soundcloud.com/blinddrew/stone- ... e-20161106 ;)
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby regulocastro » Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:34 pm

Just from memory, I think Sly and The Family Stone great slap bass funk icon "Thank-you-for-letting-me-be-myself-again" is just E all the way... :bouncy:
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby SecretSam » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:03 am

Most psytrance ....

It was always an uplifting moment when the sun rose on Sunday morning, and about half an hour later they changed the chord.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby TheMiller » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:36 pm

I think the entirety of Kasabian's first album were one-chord songs. Not great songs mind. The producer added bits in-between the songs to distract you - which is about the only way the album remains listenable.
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Re: Great one-chord songs?

Postby BJG145 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:57 pm

Lou Reed wrote:One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.

Papa Was A Rolling Stone gets my vote. Twelve minutes on Bbm flies past.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJV2pWFyfn4
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