History Music / TheBand

25th Mar '17 4:36:14 PM Ezclee4050
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* UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar: "Acadian Driftwood"

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* UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar: "Acadian Driftwood"Driftwood" (some ArtisticLicenseHistory, since the expulsion of the Acadians was actually one of the events that led to the breakout of the full war. Also, "what went down on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plains_of_Abraham Plains of Abraham]]" happened several years later, but Plains of Abraham is just [[RuleOfCool too cool]] ''not'' to use in a song lyric).
9th Mar '17 7:04:12 PM Ezclee4050
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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: ''Islands'' was basically a collection of leftovers and has lots of [[OutOfCharacterMoment Out Of Character Moments]] for the group, like a mellow [[ChristmasSongs Christmas Song]] ("Christmas Must Be Tonight"), an EasyListening instrumental ("Islands") and a bizarre song about AncientAstronauts ("The Saga of Pepote Rouge").

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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: ''Islands'' was basically a collection of leftovers and has lots of [[OutOfCharacterMoment Out Of Character Moments]] for the group, like a mellow [[ChristmasSongs Christmas Song]] ("Christmas Must Be Tonight"), an EasyListening GenreMotif/EasyListening instrumental ("Islands") and a bizarre song about AncientAstronauts ("The Saga of Pepote Rouge").
9th Mar '17 2:53:11 PM Ezclee4050
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* AncientAstronauts: Mentioned in "The Saga of Pepote Rouge".


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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: ''Islands'' was basically a collection of leftovers and has lots of [[OutOfCharacterMoment Out Of Character Moments]] for the group, like a mellow [[ChristmasSongs Christmas Song]] ("Christmas Must Be Tonight"), an EasyListening instrumental ("Islands") and a bizarre song about AncientAstronauts ("The Saga of Pepote Rouge").


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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Northern Lights--Southern Cross'' represented a move away from their earlier rootsy sound to a more highly-produced, almost cinematic pop style.
8th Mar '17 12:39:29 AM Ezclee4050
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* NonAppearingTitle: "The Weight"

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* NonAppearingTitle: "Caledonia Mission", "Chest Fever", "Last of the Blacksmiths", "The Weight"Weight" (although Music/ArethaFranklin includes a TitleDrop in her version).
6th Mar '17 11:58:52 AM Ezclee4050
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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Helm and Robertson were a particularly nasty example of this trope, though they reportedly patched things up as Helm lay dying.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: WeUsedToBeFriends:
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Helm and Robertson were a particularly nasty example of this trope, though they reportedly patched things up as Helm lay dying.dying.
** There was some bitterness between the guys and Ronnie Hawkins for a while after they broke away from him.


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* YouHaveFailedMe: The Hawks splitting from Ronnie Hawkins happened because of a botched attempt at this by Hawkins. Rick Danko starting bringing his girlfriend to shows, which violated Hawkins' stipulation that band members had to be free to mingle with audience members (particularly females) between sets. Hawkins fired Danko, but the other Hawks, who'd been pondering leaving Hawkins for a while, promptly quit when they heard the news.
2nd Mar '17 4:16:33 PM Ezclee4050
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* TakeThat: Helm's vituperative autobiography, ''This Wheel's on Fire'', filled with invective directed at Robertson.

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* TakeThat: Helm's vituperative autobiography, ''This Wheel's on Fire'', filled with invective directed at Robertson. Robertson's autobiography ''Testimony'' is a bit more tactful, but his portrait of Helm isn't all that positive either.
2nd Mar '17 4:08:00 PM Ezclee4050
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* ArtisticStimulation: Helm, Danko and Manuel all had addiction issues over the years, with drugs being contributing factors in Danko's and Manuel's deaths. This all inspired Robertson to write a song about heroin addiction ("Forbidden Fruit"). In his autobiography, Robertson makes it clear that he wasn't a novice at drug use himself (mainly [[TheStoner weed]]).

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* ArtisticStimulation: Helm, Danko and Manuel all had addiction issues over the years, with drugs being contributing factors in Danko's and Manuel's deaths. This all inspired Robertson to write a song about heroin addiction ("Forbidden Fruit"). In his autobiography, Robertson makes it clear that he wasn't a novice at drug use himself either (mainly [[TheStoner weed]]).
2nd Mar '17 4:07:32 PM Ezclee4050
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* ArtisticStimulation: Helm, Danko and Manuel all had addiction issues over the years, with drugs being contributing factors in Danko's and Manuel's deaths. This all inspired Robertson to write a song about heroin addiction ("Forbidden Fruit").

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* ArtisticStimulation: Helm, Danko and Manuel all had addiction issues over the years, with drugs being contributing factors in Danko's and Manuel's deaths. This all inspired Robertson to write a song about heroin addiction ("Forbidden Fruit"). In his autobiography, Robertson makes it clear that he wasn't a novice at drug use himself (mainly [[TheStoner weed]]).
2nd Mar '17 3:55:03 PM Ezclee4050
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* ChartDisplacement: They had two Top 40 Billboard hits, but neither of them was "The Weight", which only topped out at #63 (their Top 40 songs were "Up on Cripple Creek" and "Don't Do It"). On the album side ''Stage Fright'' was their highest charter (#5), but ''Music From Big Pink'' and ''[[Music/TheBandAlbum The Band]]'' are more famous and acclaimed.
11th Dec '16 9:29:46 AM jamespolk
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In 1976 Robertson, who had grown tired of touring, convinced the rest of The Band to retire from live performances. The idea grew into a farewell concert in which The Band would play along with other artists that they admired and had influenced them. That idea further developed into a feature film of the concert, to be made by hot young Hollywood director Creator/MartinScorsese. The concert, called "The Last Waltz" and held in San Francisco on [[UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay Thanksgiving]] night 1976, featured the Band playing their own music as well as playing alongside guests that included Dylan, Hawkins, Music/JoniMitchell, Neil Diamond, Music/NeilYoung, Muddy Waters, Music/EricClapton, and Music/VanMorrison. ''The Last Waltz'' album was released in 1978 along with Scorsese's film of the same name. It has been regarded ever since as one of the best concert films ever made. Levon Helm was embittered by the experience, however, charging that Robertson pushed the whole project in an effort to launch himself into a movie career, and that Robertson manipulated his good friend Scorsese into presenting Robertson as the frontman of the band. (The film does indeed include quite a bit more commentary, and in-concert camera time, from Robertson than from any of the other Band members.)

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In 1976 Robertson, who had grown tired of touring, convinced the rest of The Band to retire from live performances. The idea grew into a farewell concert in which The Band would play along with other artists that they admired and had influenced them. That idea further developed into a feature film of the concert, to be made by hot young Hollywood director Creator/MartinScorsese. The concert, called "The Last Waltz" "Film/TheLastWaltz" and held in San Francisco on [[UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay Thanksgiving]] night 1976, featured the Band playing their own music as well as playing alongside guests that included Dylan, Hawkins, Music/JoniMitchell, Neil Diamond, Music/NeilYoung, Muddy Waters, Music/EricClapton, and Music/VanMorrison. ''The Last Waltz'' album was released in 1978 along with Scorsese's film of the same name. It has been regarded ever since as one of the best concert films ever made. Levon Helm was embittered by the experience, however, charging that Robertson pushed the whole project in an effort to launch himself into a movie career, and that Robertson manipulated his good friend Scorsese into presenting Robertson as the frontman of the band. (The film does indeed include quite a bit more commentary, and in-concert camera time, from Robertson than from any of the other Band members.)
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