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11th Jul '17 8:03:01 PM Austin
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* An episode of Arthur has DW going to see a Yo-Yo Ma concert, and she asks whether he "jumps around and smash his instrument." When grandma tells her that he doesn't, she says "And he calls himself a musician!" She ends up liking the concert, though.

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* An episode of Arthur ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has DW going to see a Yo-Yo Ma concert, and she asks whether he "jumps around and smash his instrument." When grandma tells her that he doesn't, she says "And he calls himself a musician!" She ends up liking the concert, though.
11th Jun '17 10:21:41 PM Sonofstranger
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** In "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", [=SpongeBob] smashes a double bass.
31st May '17 6:16:53 PM nombretomado
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* Happens in-song on TheYoungOnes' version of CliffRichard's "Living Doll", when Vyvyan does this to a piano, violin, didgeridoo, [[OverlyLongGag and the heads of Rick, Neil and Cliff]].

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* Happens in-song on TheYoungOnes' ''Series/TheYoungOnes''' version of CliffRichard's "Living Doll", when Vyvyan does this to a piano, violin, didgeridoo, [[OverlyLongGag and the heads of Rick, Neil and Cliff]].
21st May '17 3:44:22 AM CaptEquinox
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* Music/JimiHendrix: Once put his guitar on fire during a show.

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* Music/JimiHendrix: Once Famously put his guitar on fire fire. In early '67, having accidentally cracked his guitar during a show. European tour, he smashed it, and repeated this occasionally. At the Finsbury Park Astoria in London later that year, he and rock writer Keith Altham had the idea that he should play "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire" and light it. He did, upstaging the headline act and somewhat burning his hands. He repeated this stunt at the Monterey Pop festival, also in 1967.
21st May '17 3:37:18 AM CaptEquinox
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Rock stars often gets so into the hardness of their music that they actually destroy instruments. Typically this is smashing a guitar (hence the trope name) on the stage as hard as possible, pounding it to fragments with a few whacks. Some rock bands take it UpToEleven and set their instruments on fire. And these aren't fictional works trying to make [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll rock seem bad]]. This is ''TruthInTelevision''.

Now this might seem like a waste of a perfectly good instrument, and sometimes it is, but smashing a guitar is much harder than you'd expect from seeing this trope in fiction. Many a young guitarist has gotten frustrated with his instrument in the middle of a show and [[PercussiveTherapy decided to smash it]], only to find out that his instrument is MadeOfIron (or plywood). When the instrument destruction is more planned and theatrical, bands will often rig the instrument to smash apart easily in order to please the audience.

Although this was common in RealLife a few decades ago, it is now more often found in fiction.

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Rock stars often gets so into the hardness of their music that they actually destroy instruments. Typically this is smashing a guitar (hence the trope name) on the stage as hard as possible, pounding it to fragments with a few whacks. Some rock bands take it UpToEleven and set their instruments on fire. And these aren't fictional works trying to make [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll rock seem bad]]. This is ''TruthInTelevision''.

''TruthInTelevision''. So much so that it has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrument_destruction its own page on the other wiki]].

Now this might seem like a waste of a perfectly good instrument, and sometimes it is, but smashing a guitar is much harder than you'd expect from seeing this trope in fiction. Many a young guitarist has gotten frustrated with his instrument in the middle of a show and [[PercussiveTherapy decided to smash it]], only to find out that his instrument is MadeOfIron (or plywood). When the instrument destruction is more planned and theatrical, bands will often rig the instrument to smash apart easily in order to please the audience.

audience. Or a musician will deliberately buy cheap junk instruments so he can smash them. There've been a number of incidents where a guitar company repaired a shattered instrument. And at least one country-rock star was challenged in a letter from a little boy too poor to buy his own guitar, saying "If you don't want it, why not give it away?" That musician has done so ever since.

Although this was common in RealLife a few decades ago, it is now more often found in fiction.
fiction, especially after a tragedy where a century-old antique guitar was mistaken for a smashable instrument.
16th May '17 7:58:58 AM Mdumas43073
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** Their musical destruction probably reached its apotheosis during a 1967 appearance on ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour'', in which Moon's bass drum was rigged with explosive in order to [[StuffBlowingUp blow up at the end of the set]]. During rehearsal, the effect was unimpressive, so Moon "convinced" the SPFX technician to double the charge, without telling anyone. So, during the actual take, the explosion knocked Moon backwards and scared the daylights out of everyone. In addition, Townshend (who was standing in front of the drum when it blew) had his hair singed and suffered permanent damage to his hearing. (The whole performance can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYkGimCrcRg here]], with the destruction beginning around the 7:20 mark.) Just after the explosion, the practice was spoofed when Tommy Smothers, carrying a guitar, walked over to the band. Townshend took Smothers' guitar (actually a breakaway prop) and smashed it to pieces. Cue Tommy asking Dick if he could borrow his bass for a moment.

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** Their musical destruction probably reached its apotheosis during a 1967 appearance on ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour'', in which Moon's bass drum was rigged with explosive in order to [[StuffBlowingUp blow up at the end of the set]]. During rehearsal, the effect was unimpressive, so Moon "convinced" the SPFX technician to double the charge, without telling anyone. So, during the actual take, the explosion knocked Moon backwards and scared the daylights out of everyone. In addition, Townshend (who was standing in front of the drum when it blew) had his hair singed and suffered permanent damage to his hearing. (The whole performance can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYkGimCrcRg here]], with the destruction beginning around the 7:20 mark.) Just after the explosion, the practice was spoofed when Tommy Smothers, carrying a guitar, walked over to the band. Townshend took Smothers' guitar (actually a breakaway prop) and smashed it to pieces. Cue Tommy asking Dick if he could borrow his bass for a moment.
13th Mar '17 7:07:25 PM KingLyger
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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', Peeslub'n Andistan'dhin plays a guitar riff and smashes his guitar on the witness stand after being revealed as [[spoiler:the real killer behind the first case]].
20th Jan '17 7:01:03 AM DeepRed
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* Happens in-song on TheYoungOnes' version of CliffRichard's "Living Doll", when Vyvyan does this to a piano, violin, didgeridoo, [[OverlyLongGag and the heads of Rick, Neil and Cliff]].
24th Nov '16 7:40:55 AM Kartoonkid95
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** In "Piano Rag", a short-tempered pianist smashes his piano, which Yakko calls "very Pete Townshend-esque".
6th Nov '16 10:27:06 AM FingerPuppet
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** In "The Loudest Yard," she does this after her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on guitar while dressed like Music/JimiHendrix.
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