Band Commandments

Found this interesting list on some live-journal site some time ago, thought I'd share it with you guys. A list of commandments for the bands written in a humorous way (its not my own composition so I dont take credit for this, thanks to someone who wrote this, appreciated):

  1. Never start a trio with a married couple.
  2. Your manager's not helping you. Fire him/her.
  3. Before you sign a record deal, look up the word "recoupable" in the dictionary.
  4. No one cares who you've opened for…
  5. A string section does not make your songs sound any more "important".
  6. If your band has gone through more than 4 bass players, it's time to break up.
  7. When you talk on stage you are never funny.
  8. If you sound like another band, don't act like you're unfamiliar with their music ("Oh does Rage Against The Machine also do rap-rock with political lyrics?")
  9. Asking a crowd how they're doing is just amplified small talk. Don't do it.
  10. Don't say your video's being played if it's only on public access.
  11. When you sign to a major label, claim to have inked the best contract ever. Mention "artistic freedom" and "a guaranteed 3 record deal".
  12. When you get dropped insist that it was the worst contract ever and you asked to be let go.
  13. Never name a song after your band.
  14. Never name your band after a song.
  15. When a drummer brings in his own songs and asks to perform one of them, begin looking for a new drummer IMMEDIATELY!
  16. Never enter a "battle of the bands" contest. If you do you're already a loser.
  17. Learn to recognize scary word pairings: "rock opera", "white rapper", "blues jam", "swing band", "open mike", etc.
  18. Drummers can take off their shirts or they can wear gloves, but not both.
  19. It's not a "showcase". It's a gig that doesn't pay.
  20. No one cares that you have a website.
  21. Getting a tattoo is like sewing platform shoes to your feet.
  22. Don't hire a publicist.
  23. Don't join a cover band that plays Bush songs. In fact, don't join a cover band.
  24. Although they come in different styles and colors, electric guitars all sound the same. Why do you keep changing them between songs?
  25. Don't stop your set to ask that beers be brought up. That's what girlfriends/boyfriends are for.
  26. If you use a smoke machine your music sucks.
  27. We can tell the difference between a professionally produced album cover and one you made with the iMac your mom got for Christmas.
  28. Remember, if blues solos are so difficult, why can so many 16 year olds play them?
  29. If you ever take a publicity photo, destroy it. You may never know where or when it will turn up.
  30. Cut your hair, but do not shave your head.
  31. Pierce your nose, but not your eyebrow.
  32. Do not wear shorts onstage. Or a suit. Or a hat.
  33. Rock oxymoron's; "major label interest", "demo deal"," blues genius", "$500 guarantee", and "Fastball's second hit".
  34. 3 things that are never coming back: a) gongs, b) headbands, and c) playing slide guitar with a beer bottle.
  35. No one believes it when you say that this is the best audience out of any town/city/country you've played for.

So, that's all there is. You may add more if you can in the comments, be my guest.



6 Responses to “Band Commandments”

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    “25. Don’t stop your set to ask that beers be brought up. That’s what girlfriends/boyfriends are for.” !!!!???? what iteez??? 😦

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    that means the groupies in this context.
    nothing to do with the better/worse half.

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