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freewheelinbird
06-19-2006, 09:31 PM
alright so today i got my banjo!!! it's a tyler mountain, and sounds pretty nice.

so that got me thinking, what are classic rock songs with banjo or that would translate well with banjo in it?

i can think of:
old man- neil young
gallows pole- led zeppelin

hmm what else?

deadhead313313
06-19-2006, 09:39 PM
If I had my way, EVERY song ever would have a banjo in it.

Listen to some Old and in the Way. Jerry plays some mean banjo

karateguy29
06-19-2006, 09:39 PM
A bunch of Eagles songs feature the banjo, I'll look and post the names a bit later.

EDIT: Take It Easy by The Eagles has some nasty banjo in it, I love that instrument. I'm actually thinking of taking up the six-stringed version.

the_white_bunny
06-19-2006, 09:40 PM
go theres a alot of fletwod mac

babaorielly122
06-19-2006, 09:59 PM
dosent squeeze box by the who???

BrainDamage
06-19-2006, 10:03 PM
If I had my way, EVERY song ever would have a banjo in it. hahaha

If I remember, doesn't Old Man by Neil Young have a banjo in it?

Cptbeefheart
06-19-2006, 10:10 PM
I can't really think of a classic rock song with some banjo in it. But for non-classic rock, Breakdown by Guns N' Rose has some in it.

Hauf
06-19-2006, 10:35 PM
The old laughing lady- Neil Young

Here is a video of him playing on the streets in '76

http://www.thrasherswheat.org/2006/06/video-neil-busking-on-street-corner.html

Floyd93
06-19-2006, 10:36 PM
I can't think of any classic rock songs with banjo that haven't been mentioned already (yes, in just 8 posts).

Spamwise
06-19-2006, 10:37 PM
I can't really think of a classic rock song with some banjo in it. But for non-classic rock, Breakdown by Guns N' Rose has some in it.
isn't GNR considered classic rock?

Lessthanbass22
06-19-2006, 10:39 PM
I always here the banjo-ist in my band playing Classical Gas by Clapton, its pretty neat.

Floyd93
06-19-2006, 10:45 PM
isn't GNR considered classic rock?

It mostly depends on who you're talking to.

stonegolem13
06-20-2006, 03:35 PM
^Yeah, talk to most people in this forum about GNR and they'll tell you to go shove a shovel up your hole to dig the sh*t out of it that you call a brain. Ask just about anyone else and they'll tell you they're classic rock.

Calum_Barrow
06-20-2006, 03:58 PM
Midnight Flyer - The Eagles is a good one. A lot of the early Eagles stuff has banjos in it, as karateguy said. I wanna take up banjo...

TheHeartbreaker
06-20-2006, 05:19 PM
If I had my way, EVERY song ever would have a banjo in it.

Listen to some Old and in the Way. Jerry plays some mean banjo

:cheers:

flytv12
06-20-2006, 06:59 PM
theres a good duelling banjos power tab on the web and look into Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, it will give you a whole new perspective on the banjo.

TheHeartbreaker
06-20-2006, 07:22 PM
^^Bela Fleck is nasty, as is his bassist Victor Wooten.

mercedesisbenz
06-20-2006, 07:39 PM
^^ victor wooten is so freakin amazing. Words cant even describe.

pinkfloyd666
06-20-2006, 10:51 PM
I always here the banjo-ist in my band playing Classical Gas by Clapton, its pretty neat.
Clapton's never recorded the song classical gas

freewheelinbird
06-21-2006, 12:00 AM
i'm working on "love her madly" by the doors :D

DownDark
06-21-2006, 12:12 AM
Bring Back That Leroy Brown by Queen has a George Formby Ukelele-Banjo

Calum_Barrow
06-21-2006, 12:00 PM
^ Banjolele

And you'd be better playing that on a uke if you didn't have a banjolele

DownDark
06-21-2006, 01:15 PM
^LOL, what?! Hahaha

freewheelinbird
06-21-2006, 02:20 PM
i kinda hate that song

DownDark
06-21-2006, 02:54 PM
what do you mean "kinda"? You either do or you don't...

kmaster 1337
06-21-2006, 10:57 PM
dosent squeeze box by the who???


Quite simply, yes.

pinkfloyd666
06-21-2006, 11:57 PM
the chorus part in runnin blue by the doors has banjo in it.

greenbottlecap
06-22-2006, 12:17 PM
take it easy by the eagles.

me_and_my_esp
06-22-2006, 12:19 PM
hahaha

If I remember, doesn't Old Man by Neil Young have a banjo in it?

yup sure does. a wee bit, but its still there. god i love that song. great album.

Derigiberble
06-22-2006, 12:20 PM
DLR's country album.

VH southern style :cool:

me_and_my_esp
06-22-2006, 12:23 PM
lol you would bring that up... that has got to be one of the worst albums ever made.

im sorry, but cmon!!

Derigiberble
06-22-2006, 12:32 PM
Pfft, you clearly just have no taste :p:

It's good, you just need to... warm to it.

greenbottlecap
06-22-2006, 12:42 PM
dude seriously, i wanted to cry because of that. "the southern side of van halen" what? that is so sad. i really do feel kind of sorry for david lee roth. somehow..

me_and_my_esp
06-22-2006, 12:42 PM
haha just... warm to it, eh?

its one of those albums, eh?

gotta listen to it over and over again to get used to it. like a cold pool that you need to just keep jumpin into to get used to the cold, eh?

greenbottlecap
06-22-2006, 12:51 PM
but would you really want to jump into the cold pool that bad? its more of a pool on the rocks.

me_and_my_esp
06-22-2006, 12:54 PM
hahaha well, i would get a major case of headlights

so why bother? im just saying.. i did NOT like that album. lol to stay on topic

Derigiberble
06-22-2006, 12:55 PM
Pfft, it's a hot love pool filled with wonderfully attractive females with a huge plate of steak in the middle topped with pepper sauce.

wow, i'm actually drooling.

BrainDamage
06-22-2006, 12:56 PM
^^:haha :haha :haha

me_and_my_esp
06-22-2006, 12:57 PM
:haha :haha :haha



:haha

wtf!!!

freewheelinbird
06-22-2006, 12:57 PM
what do you mean "kinda"? You either do or you don't...

no. there are degrees of hate, no?

like passionate hate, like my feelings bruce springstein or john melencamp

and kinda hate, like my feelings for that song :)

greenbottlecap
06-22-2006, 01:26 PM
ah, and why do you "kinda hate" that song?

freewheelinbird
06-22-2006, 01:56 PM
haha because the sound does not please me.

it reminds me of vaudville style music. with some guy with a big mustache and straw tophat in a striped shirt telling me about some amazing miracle product that makes music come out of a metal box :eek:

greenbottlecap
06-22-2006, 01:59 PM
okay well that is basically the post night at the opera freddie mercury minus the straw tophat. add suspenders.

freewheelinbird
06-22-2006, 02:02 PM
no post night at the opera would be

tie your mother down
white man
kind of magic
it's late
somebody to love
under pressure
headlong
hammer to fall

to name a few :)

greenbottlecap
06-22-2006, 02:10 PM
http://kniazeu.by.ru/images/music/queen_freddy_mercury_photo.jpg

im seeing huge mustache and striped shirt.

greenbottlecap
06-22-2006, 02:10 PM
http://www.queenmania.net/images/fotografie/freddie_mercury/freddie_mercury_102.jpg

im seeing suspenders

DownDark
06-22-2006, 06:40 PM
This is what Freddie Mercury looked like in 1974, the year that song was recorded.

http://www.photofeatures.com/queen/images/prevs/q01002a.jpg

freewheelinbird
06-22-2006, 08:14 PM
green bottle cap, you totally missed the point.

greenbottlecap
06-23-2006, 12:36 PM
yeah, i did. oh well

death_rider
01-06-2009, 08:08 PM
Modern blues rock band The Black Keys have a song with banjo, its called psychotic girl

The Who #1
01-10-2009, 12:54 PM
Squeeze box by the who has an awsome banjo solo

A Rolling Stone
01-10-2009, 01:30 PM
idk any particular songs, but zeppelin uses alot of folk-instruments like the banjo or (especially) mandolin quite a bit...trust me im from kentucky and those instruments are the heart of blugrass music which originated here!

volcom_sk8_rock
01-10-2009, 11:05 PM
Old King by Neil Young one of the few awesome songs about dogs has an awesome banjo riff in it.

King went a-runnin' after deer
Wasn't scared of jumpin'
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin'
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

I had a dog and his name was King
I told the dog about everything
There in my truck the dog and I
Then one day the King up and died.

Then I thought about
the times we had
Once when I kicked him
when he was bad
Old King sure meant a lot to me
But that hound dog is history.

King went a-runnin' after deer
Wasn't scared of jumpin'
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin'
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

That old King was a friend of mine
Never knew a dog
that was half as fine
I may find one, you never do know
'Cause I still got a long way to go.

I had a dog and his name was King
I told the dog about everything
Old King sure meant a lot to me
But that hound dog is history.

King went a-howlin' after deer
Wasn't scared of jumpin'
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin'
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

bluecondition
01-12-2009, 10:49 AM
know you've got to run by stephen stills is a good banjo tune

Who66
01-15-2009, 02:38 AM
wow this is old...but the Eagle's "Midnight Flyer" comes to mind.

Gris-Gris-Man
01-15-2009, 02:01 PM
some of the songs on "Gris Gris" by Dr. John have banjo in it.....swampy rock

I am the Drake
01-15-2009, 02:08 PM
I saw Elton John in Pensacola, Florida last year and one of his songs had a banjo in it. I couldn't remeber which one it was though.

MrCleveland
06-03-2009, 06:00 PM
"I Know there's an answer"-Beach Boys
"Marley Put Drive"-Bee Gees
"Charmed Life"-Divine Comedy
"Souvenir in London"-Procol Harum

cornmancer
06-03-2009, 11:18 PM
www.ultimate-banjo.com

But seriously I would say your going to need to get into country and bluegrass, you'd have much more success there.

MrCleveland
06-04-2009, 05:19 PM
I saw Elton John in Pensacola, Florida last year and one of his songs had a banjo in it. I couldn't remeber which one it was though.

"Honky Cat" by Elton John?

fireoptic
06-05-2009, 10:04 AM
Cumberland Blues by The Grateful Dead!

A Rolling Stone
06-05-2009, 05:39 PM
Not really Classic Rock, but I feel like I should mention Wilco.

fattypumbaa
06-06-2009, 02:15 PM
Not classic rock but it's a classic rock song and my favorite recording. This song was always my favorite Stones tune I've always loved that Gram Parsons influenced them with a bit of country even if I don't actually like anything Gram Parsons has ever done musically. But, when I heard this I fell in love. God damn I love this band. Jerry's pickin' isn't flashy but it's so tasteful. I think more pickers should take from him and not try to play a 3000mph break 8 times a song. I know I've been listening to his playing a lot closer ever since I picked up banjo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgH3vGeL_iY&feature=PlayList&p=C7FF66BAD160F20E&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=13

axemanchris
06-06-2009, 04:57 PM
"Last Child" and "Kings and Queens" by Aerosmith both have banjo.

http://www.softshoe-slim.com/lists/a/aerosmith.html

CT

hamett91
06-07-2009, 03:01 PM
Bluebird- Buffalo Springfield

markus103
03-10-2010, 09:53 PM
one that works well for me has been
System of a Down
Aerials

Thefallofman
03-10-2010, 11:11 PM
one that works well for me has been
System of a Down
Aerials
:confused:

Raptorfingers
03-11-2010, 12:49 AM
The best known from my youth was a classic:

Sweet City Woman by the Stampeders. It was on the top 10 throughout the summer of 1971.

They didn't know anything about banjos so they tuned it like a banjo. In later performances they used a guitar (tuned to sound like a banjo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGrRiYbPPoY&feature=related

It's hard to tell on some covers by other groups over the years if a banjo or a guitar is being used.

picker187
10-12-2011, 04:17 PM
Seeing I'm a banjo player, I'd like to reopen this.....nobody thought of "Buffalo Springfield's Blue Bird"? Banjo at it's best!

Jazz Funeral
10-12-2011, 04:38 PM
^ Did you see post #65? The one that's four posts above yours?


Oh, and I just gotta say. Bonnie Raitt does a fantastic cover of "Bluebird". It's the first song on her first album (if ya didn't know).