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23rd Jun '16 3:25:23 AM gewunomox
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* Happens in the movie ''Film/TopSecret''. At the end of Nick Rivers' rendition of the song ''[[LittleRichard Tutti Frutti]]'', an octogenarian orchestra player smashes his electric guitar.

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* Happens in the movie ''Film/TopSecret''. At the end of Nick Rivers' rendition of the song ''[[LittleRichard ''[[Music/LittleRichard Tutti Frutti]]'', an octogenarian orchestra player smashes his electric guitar.
23rd Jun '16 1:27:05 AM gewunomox
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* The ''King of Town'' needs to be maneuvered creatively into this as part of the final puzzle of the "Baddest of the Bands" chapter of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople.'' Strong Bad's comment? "Whoa, check out the King of [[Creator/TheWho Townshend]]!"

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* The ''King of Town'' needs to be maneuvered creatively into this as part of the final puzzle of the "Baddest of the Bands" chapter of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople.'' Strong Bad's comment? "Whoa, check out the King of [[Creator/TheWho [[Music/TheWho Townshend]]!"



* Music/JimiHendrix would do this, but only after setting the guitar on fire first. Hendrix first did this in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival. Aware of Creator/TheWho's use of this trope, the organizers wanted them to close the festival, but Pete Townshend refused to play after Hendrix. Hendrix simply took Townshend's signature trope UpToEleven and burned the guitar before smashing it.

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* Music/JimiHendrix would do this, but only after setting the guitar on fire first. Hendrix first did this in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival. Aware of Creator/TheWho's Music/TheWho's use of this trope, the organizers wanted them to close the festival, but Pete Townshend refused to play after Hendrix. Hendrix simply took Townshend's signature trope UpToEleven and burned the guitar before smashing it.
8th Jun '16 6:50:18 AM jormis29
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* Mocked by Tripod in one of their songs where they retell their big rock moment and ruin the effect by mentioning how they had it insured and told the audience to stand back.

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* Mocked by Tripod Music/{{Tripod}} in one of their songs where they retell their big rock moment and ruin the effect by mentioning how they had it insured and told the audience to stand back.
17th May '16 8:13:43 PM WillBGood
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* ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'':

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* ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'':
16th May '16 8:59:17 AM GeniusInTheLamp
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* The Music/ZacBrownBand psych up Houston Texans star J.J. Watt in a Bose commercial. The spot climaxes with Brown smashing a guitar against Watt's locker.


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* At the end of Carolina Crown's 2011 "[[Music/SergeiRachmaninoff Rach]] [[PunnyName Star]]" show, a guard member smashes a (fake) guitar.
13th May '16 6:49:13 AM malifee
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* In the early days of Oasis, former Music/TheSmiths guitarist Johnny Marr lent Noel his nice, shiny Les Paul—the one he'd written Panic on, in fact. Naturally, a few months later he got a panicky phone call after Noel had used it to clock a stage-invading fan over the head, wrecking it irreparably.
15th Apr '16 6:30:45 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', a flashback shows Luna smashing her guitar offscreen and then giving it to Lincoln as a "hand-me-down".
-->'''Luna:''' [[Music/TheBeatles All it needs is love. Love it all it needs.]]
-->'''Lincoln:''' And strings. And a neck. And a body.
8th Mar '16 7:34:58 PM wyattte
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* Second only to The Who are Music/NineInchNails. In the first several years of the project's existence, [[IAmTheBand Trent Reznor]] and his early touring bands were a madhouse onstage, playing with a reckless intensity that matched the chaotic industrial metal sound. Needless to say, when there were equipment failures, Trent and company didn't take it very well: guitars, expensive keyboards and sound equipment alike have been smashed mid-song on ''countless'' occasions. Trent especially liked using the heel of his boot to strip keys off of faulty synthesizers. At one point, ''ten guitars'' were being wrecked per night. [[HairTriggerTemper Trent Reznor, ladies and gentlemen.]]
4th Feb '16 8:12:58 PM Jeduthun
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* For a scene in ''Film/TheHatefulEight'', Creator/KurtRussell's character was supposed to grab a guitar from Jennifer Jason Leigh and smash it, eliciting a horrified reaction. However, due to a mix-up when it came time to shoot the film, Russell accidentally grabbed and smashed the actual guitar, rather than waiting for it to be be replaced by a prop. [[GoneHorriblyWrong To make matters even worse]], it wasn't just any guitar but [[https://reverb.com/blog/cf-martin-responds-to-the-destruction-of-145-year-old-guitar-on-hateful-eight-set an irreplaceable one-of-a-kind original Martin guitar from the 1870s]] that was on special loan for the film from the Martin Guitar Museum. Well, he got a horrified reaction all right. The museum was ''[[DownerEnding not happy]].''
22nd Jan '16 1:33:18 AM Jake
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* In a hilarious inversion, a reviewer from the ''NME'' once went to a gig by an obscure '80s rock band called Lightning Strikes who swaggered all over the stage and generally played up the sticking-it-to-the-man rebelliousness -- and at the end, not only did they not smash their guitars, they carefully placed them back on their stands, and then ''[[EpicFail unplugged their guitar jacks from their distortion pedals so as not to waste the batteries]]''.

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* In a hilarious inversion, a reviewer from the ''NME'' once went to a gig by an obscure '80s rock band called Lightning Strikes who swaggered all over the stage and generally played up the sticking-it-to-the-man rebelliousness -- and at the end, not only did they not smash their guitars, they carefully placed them back on their stands, and then ''[[EpicFail unplugged their guitar jacks from their distortion pedals so as not to waste the batteries]]''. (Although see the page description; a ''real'' ThreeChordsAndTheTruth outfit wouldn't treat their [[CrackIsCheaper very expensive]] kit badly because they can always buy a new one, right?)
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