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5th Apr '16 1:01:25 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'' set in the music business of the 70s and partly a chronicle of the birth of Punk Music, demonstrates this in the 8th episode of Season 1. Lester Grimes, former bluesman turned manager to the proto-punk Nasty Bits demonstrates the power of E, A, B and how it forms the skeleton for a nearly infinite variety of popular music, from blues, to classic rock, to bubblegum pop.
19th Sep '15 4:53:29 AM kchishol
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* Music/TracyChapman made a tremendous splash in the UsefulNotes/TheEighties with her acclaimed hit song, "Fast Car," a soulful and simple folk song amid all the glossy competitors of that time.
15th Aug '15 3:47:37 PM Camassia
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While the phrase "three chords and the truth" was first coined by Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard (to describe ''country'' music), the real TropeNamer is a verse added by U2 to their cover of BobDylan's "All Along the Watchtower," absent in both the original and the famous JimiHendrix version.

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While the phrase "three chords and the truth" was first coined by Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard (to describe ''country'' music), the real TropeNamer is a verse added by U2 to their cover of BobDylan's "All Along the Watchtower," Watchtower" on ''Music/RattleAndHum'', absent in both the original and the famous JimiHendrix version.
9th Aug '15 5:10:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Hobgoblins}}: Club Scum, mocked by Crow.

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* {{Hobgoblins}}: Film/{{Hobgoblins}}: Club Scum, mocked by Crow.
3rd Aug '15 11:13:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* EntertainmentForTheBraindead recorded her ''Raw Timber'' EP in the middle of a forest, with just a guitar. Interestedly, the first song from the EP "A String", is about one of the strings breaking on her guitar, and she complains that five strings is not enough.

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* EntertainmentForTheBraindead Music/EntertainmentForTheBraindead recorded her ''Raw Timber'' EP in the middle of a forest, with just a guitar. Interestedly, the first song from the EP "A String", is about one of the strings breaking on her guitar, and she complains that five strings is not enough.
20th Jun '15 7:38:41 AM DeepRed
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*** That was supposedly how the Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren spun it, in order to play up the tensions for media publicity. Matlock and Johnny Rotten were increasingly falling out with each other, and Matlock eventually quit to join The Rich Kids.

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*** That was supposedly how the Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren MalcolmMcLaren spun it, in order to play up the tensions for media publicity. Matlock and Johnny Rotten were increasingly falling out with each other, and Matlock eventually quit to join The Rich Kids.
20th Jun '15 7:38:18 AM DeepRed
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** Music/TheRamones have almost never played a song with more than three or four chords, and often played with as few as two chords.


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*** That was supposedly how the Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren spun it, in order to play up the tensions for media publicity. Matlock and Johnny Rotten were increasingly falling out with each other, and Matlock eventually quit to join The Rich Kids.
** Music/TheRamones have almost never played a song with more than three or four chords, and often played with as few as two chords.
22nd May '15 11:01:04 PM Jagger
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* {{Blues}}. The basic TwelveBarBlues progression is three chords- tonic, subdominant, dominant. And it fits the haunting cries of the likes of Music/RobertJohnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson perfectly. Most early Rock & Roll (Elvis et. al.) was simply Blues played cut-time. Singers like Elvis, Music/JamesBrown, and Music/BuddyHolly influenced bands like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who, which fed into punk rock, and many other three chord bands. The later list of bands grew out of those chords quickly though.



* {{Blues}}. The basic TwelveBarBlues progression is three chords- tonic, subdominant, dominant. And it fits the haunting cries of the likes of Music/RobertJohnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson perfectly. Most early Rock & Roll (Elvis et. al.) was simply Blues played cut-time. Singers like Elvis, Music/JamesBrown, and Music/BuddyHolly influenced bands like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who, which fed into punk rock, and many other three chord bands. The later list of bands grew out of those chords quickly though.
22nd May '15 10:58:54 PM Jagger
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* {{Blues}}. The basic twelve bar blues progression is three chords- tonic, subdominant, dominant. And it fits the haunting cries of the likes of Music/RobertJohnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson perfectly. Most early Rock & Roll (Elvis et. al.) was simply Blues played cut-time. Singers like Elvis, Music/JamesBrown, and Music/BuddyHolly influenced bands like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who, which fed into punk rock, and many other three chord bands. The later list of bands grew out of those chords quickly though.

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* {{Blues}}. The basic twelve bar blues TwelveBarBlues progression is three chords- tonic, subdominant, dominant. And it fits the haunting cries of the likes of Music/RobertJohnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson perfectly. Most early Rock & Roll (Elvis et. al.) was simply Blues played cut-time. Singers like Elvis, Music/JamesBrown, and Music/BuddyHolly influenced bands like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who, which fed into punk rock, and many other three chord bands. The later list of bands grew out of those chords quickly though.
12th May '15 1:40:22 PM stuffedninja
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* Music/GreenDay has this trope running rampant in their discography. The inspiration to make their 1997 release ''Nimrod'' [[NewSoundAlbum more]] [[GenreRoulette experimental]] was because the band grew tired of it.
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