Nobody gonna take my car, I'm gonna race it to the ground
Nobody gonna beat my car, it's gonna break the speed of soundDeep Purple is a long-running hard rock band founded in 1968. They are one of the widely considered "Big Three (or Four)" of early Heavy Metal (along with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and — if you count them — Blue Cheer). Their style is primarily Blues Rock and Hard Rock, with occasional ventures into other rock sub-genres, including some prog efforts.The group is also known for their constantly rotating line-up; the group has its roots in a proposed rock band called Roundabout, so named because musicians would get "on and off" the group as they pleased. This didn't quite work out, and while the group that eventually became Deep Purple is notable for its endless membership changes, each successive group has been more or less a cohesive unit.So far there have been eight distinct lineups, or Marks, of Deep Purple, not including a "bogus" Deep Purple that toured in 1980 with only one original member (vocalist Rod Evans).
—"Highway Star", Machine Head
Deep Purple Mark I (196869)
- Members: Rod Evans (vocals), Nick Simper (bass), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).
- Albums: Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn (1968), Deep Purple (1969).
Deep Purple Mark II (196973, reunited 198489, and again 199293)
'Don't come into my part of the stage. If you do, I'm gonna smack you with my guitar.' My mic stand was much longer than his guitar, so we actually had a pitched battle on stage with mic stands and guitars. It became [sic] from being a thing of joy to an absolute nightmare.
— Ian Gillan on his onstage fighting with Ritchie Blackmore
- Members: Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).
- Albums: Deep Purple in Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972), Who Do We Think We Are (1973), Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), The Battle Rages On... (1993).
Deep Purple Mark III (197375)
What you've heard about Ritchie Blackmore, folks, is true. He's a fantastic guitar player. Nice chap. But he's sort of the evil one amongst us.Members: David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).Albums: Burn, Stormbringer (1974).The band recruited bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes from another well-known British band, Trapeze, but Blackmore sought a vocalist with a more bluesy voice to be the frontman. Frustrated by attempts to recruit Paul Rodgers (of Free and Bad Company), Deep Purple ended up selecting an unknown singer named David Coverdale from a pile of submitted tapes. This is the lineup that played at the infamous California Jam concert where Blackmore attacked the cameraman with his guitar and set off an explosion on part of the stage. Blackmore walked out on the band in 1975, at which point Deep Purple made the fateful choice to go on without him.
— Glenn Hughes
Deep Purple Mark IV (197576)
Drugs, groupies, hypodermic needles... What have you got to say about that?
Love it all.
— David Coverdale
- Members: David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass), Tommy Bolin (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).
- Albums: Come Taste the Band (1975).
"Bogus" Deep Purple (1980)
I was just reading the interview with Rod Evans in 'Sounds' and he hasn't changed, he's really a nice guy, there's no malice intended. He probably wanted to make some money out of it, which he felt he might not have done in the beginning. But that's all over and now the lawyers are in and that's been stopped.While not considered a legitimate lineup of Deep Purple, this strange incident in rock history should be noted. In 1980, an unscrupulous management company tried to recruit Nick Simper and Rod Evans to be part of a "bogus" Deep Purple with no connection to the official (and defunct) Deep Purple. Simper refused to participate, but Evans signed on to tour with a woefully inadequate band of studio musicians. Angry audiences rioted when they realized they'd been duped into paying to see a faux Deep Purple. Evans was sued for his part in the debacle, and vanished from the music industry in disgrace (although he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 as a member of Deep Purple, Evans did not attend the ceremony).
— Ritchie Blackmore
Deep Purple Mark V (198992)
There were some super huge egos in that band and they thought 'The Ritchie and Joe Show' was going to steal the band and make it the Deep Rainbow. All these ridiculous things.
— Joe Lynn Turner on his tenure as Deep Purple's singer
- Members: Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).
- Albums: Slaves and Masters (1990).
Deep Purple Mark VI (199394)Members: Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Joe Satriani (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).This incarnation of Deep Purple existed purely as a touring band and never recorded in the studio. After Blackmore quit in 1993, Deep Purple recruited guitarist Joe Satriani to finish out their tour. Although he was not able to stay on as a permanent member, Satriani has jammed with his Deep Purple bandmates on several occasions.
Deep Purple Mark VII (19942002)
- Members: Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Steve Morse (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).
- Albums: Purpendicular (1996), Abandon (1998).
Deep Purple Mark VIII (2002present)
- Members: Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Steve Morse (guitar), Don Airey (keyboard), Ian Paice (drums).
- Albums: Bananas (2003), Rapture of the Deep (2005), Now What?! (2013)
Principal Members (Founding members in bold, current members in italic):
- Don Airey - keyboard (2002)
- Ritchie Blackmore - guitar (196875, 198493)
- Tommy Bolin - guitar, vocals, bass (197576, died 1976)
- David Coverdale - lead vocals (197376)
- Rod Evans - lead vocals (196869)
- Ian Gillan - lead vocals, harmonica, percussion, conga (196973, 198489, 1992)
- Roger Glover - bass, synthesizer, vocals (196973, 1984)
- Glenn Hughes - bass, backing and lead vocals (197376)
- Jon Lord - keyboard, organ, vocals, synthesizer, piano (196876, 19842002, died 2012)
- Steve Morse - guitar (1994)
- Ian Paice - drums, percussion (196876, 1984)
- Joe Satriani - guitar (199394)
- Nick Simper - bass, vocals (196869)
- Joe Lynn Turner - lead vocals (198992)
- 1968 - Shades of Deep Purple
- 1968 - The Book of Taliesyn
- 1969 - Deep Purple
- 1970 - Deep Purple in Rock
- 1971 - Fireball
- 1972 - Machine Head
- 1973 - Who Do We Think We Are
- 1974 - Burn
- 1974 - Stormbringer
- 1975 - Come Taste the Band
- 1984 - Perfect Strangers
- 1987 - The House of Blue Light
- 1990 - Slaves and Masters
- 1993 - The Battle Rages On...
- 1996 - Purpendicular
- 1998 - Abandon
- 2003 - Bananas
- 2005 - Rapture of the Deep
- 2013 - NOW What?!
- 1969 - Concerto for Group and Orchestra
- 1972 - Made in Japan
- 1976 - Made in Europe
- 1977 - Last Concert in Japan
- 1980 - Deep Purple in Concert
- 1982 - Live in London
- 1988 - Nobody's Perfect
- 1988 - Scandinavian Nights
- 1991 - In the Absence of Pink
- 1992 - Live in Japan
- 1993 - Gemini Suite Live
- 1994 - Come Hell or High Water
- 1995 - King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Deep Purple in Concert
- 1996 - California Jamming
- 1996 - Mk III: The Final Concerts
- 1997 - Live at the Olympia '96
- 1999 - Total Abandon: Australia '99
- 2000 - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
- 2000 - Days May Come and Days May Go
- 2001 - The Bootleg Series 1984 - 2000
- 2001 - Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy
- 2001 - The Soundboard Series
- 2001 - Live in Paris 1975
- 2001 - This Time Around: Live in Tokyo
- 2002 - Inglewood Live in California
- 2004 - Live Encounters...
- 2004 - New Live and Rare: Live in Europe 1969-71
- 2004 - Perks and Tit
- 2004 - Space Vol 1 & 2
- 2006 - Live at Montreux 1996
- 2006 - Live in Europe 1993
- 2006 - Live in Montreux 69
- 2007 - Live in Denmark 1972
- 2007 - Live at Montreux 2006: They All Came Down to Montreux
- 2011 - Phoenix Rising
- 2011 - BBC Sessions 19681970
- 2011 - Live at Montreux 2011
- 2013 - Perfect Strangers Live
- 2013 - NOW What?! Live Tapes
- 2014 - Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall
- 2014 - Graz 1975
Some tropes in this band's history include:
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: My woman from To-key-oh...
- From "Smooth Dancer": "You're acting like a girl who's got a false preg-NAN-cy..."
- Album Title Drop: "Listen, Learn, Read On" from The Book of Taliesyn.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Aversion. Even with Ian Paice's explosive drumming style, he is The Quiet One of the group and is the only remaining original member.
- Badass Moustache: Jon Lord. Full stop.
- The Band Minus the Face: Played straight with the band disbanding when Ritchie Blackmore departed, then subverted when the classic Mark II line-up reunited in 1984. Then double subverted when Blackmore left the group for good in 1993.
- Buffy Speak: In "Smoke on the Water". The band rented the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio to record what would become Machine Head. The lyrics refer to "the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside".
- Car Song: "Highway Star".
- Contemptible Cover: It doesn't help that the cover of their third (self-titled) album is a painting by Hieronymus Bosch.
- Cool Shades: Ian Paice.
- Cover Version: Quite a few, especially of songs by The Beatles (one of which, "Help", was thought by John Lennon to be better than their own version). "Hush" (arguably one of Deep Purple's most famous songs) is also a cover (the original by Billy Joe Royal was released a year before Deep Purple's version).
- Does Not Like Shoes: Ian Gillan.
- Downer Ending: Occurs in "Strange Kind of Woman"...She finally said she loved me
I wed her in a hurry
No more callers and I glowed with pride
I feel like screaming
I won my woman just before she died
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "Lazy". Nearly four and a half minutes of organ solo before the actual song starts. (And the rest of the song is only three minutes long!)
- Their cover of The Beatles' "We Can Work it Out" also opened with a long instrumental called "Exposition" (which, true to Jon Lord's classical background, includes quotes from Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" overture).
- And prefiguring "Lazy", we have "April" from their third album, of which only the final third has vocals.
- Their cover of Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" has a four-minute intro.
- The live version of "You Fool No One" on Live in London has an outrageous two-and-a-half-minute opening organ solo by Jon Lord, in which he goes totally nuts with a ring modulator before seguing into the well-known chorale melody from Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata BWV 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben and finally resolving into E major for the actual song — and then, instead of plunging straight into the song the way the album version does, it kicks off with Ian Paice playing the drum part and hammering the hell out his cowbell, then Blackmore plays a simpler, nastier version of the riff on guitar, then the bass joins in, and only after another couple of minutes of awesome riffage does the song get properly under way. After that, the rest of the performance is a bit of an anticlimax.
- Epic Rocking: On most of their albums.
- Five-Man Band: Mark VI is not being counted as it only existed as a touring line-up and never released any material.
- Mark I:
- Mark II:
- Mark III:
- Mark IV:
- Mark V:
- Mark VII:
- Mark VIII:
- Genre Roulette: While they are generally considered a Hard Rock band, their music incorporates multiple influences. In addition, each Mark has its signature take on rock (with Mark I being more of a Progressive Rock bent, Mark II on the harder rock / metal part, Mark III / IV known for funk influences, Mark V with an AOR sound that sounded more like '80s Rainbow or Foreigner, and the modern lineup being a mix of all of this).
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: in 1973, Deep Purple were recording their Who Do We Think We Are album. Domineering band leader and perpetually black-clad guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was being difficult by staying up all night, sleeping late (during most of the day, actually), and only showing up at the studio when the rest of band had already called it a day. Blackmore was also discussing with the managers about replacing the singer, Ian Gillan, behind Gillan's back. Gillan sensed this and wrote a song about it, "Smooth Dancer". Ostensibly being the words of an embittered lover, the song all but spells out Blackmore's name and just about every line expresses Gillan's disgust about his behaviour. Blackmore apparently never caught on (or cared), and just like with most other songs on the record, he added a guitar track to the song on his own after the others had finished it. Soon after, Gillan chose to quit rather than be fired. Examples of lines gotten past Blackmore's radar:"Baby, you're the one who can never see the sun / Because it don't shine nightly""Don't you look at me because I'm gonna shake free""You've swollen up inside with nothing but your pride""Your two-timing ways / They don't bother me none / [...] I'm gonna walk to freedom""Black suede, I sense your mockery / I tried to go along with you / But you're black and I know just what to do""Baby, you can rock'n'roll / But you can never show your soul, smooth dancer."
- "Knocking at Your Back Door" is also chock-full of innuendo.
- Great Balls of Fire: At the California Jam, where the group had to exit by helicopter to avoid arrest by fire marshals and ABC executives.
- I Am the Band: Averted; Ian Paice remains the only original member of Deep Purple but never was its true leader.
- Incendiary Exponent: Both Fireball and Burn evoke this, and then there's the subject of "Smoke on the Water".
- In-Name-Only: An infamous faux-reunion in 1980 with Rod Evans as the only member to have had anything to do with Deep Purple; fortunately they were given a cease and desist order.
- Poor, poor Rod Evans took the fall for the whole scam. His musical career was completely derailed because of it. The scammers running the show and the other band members were barely affected.
- Instrumentals: "And the Address...", "Wring That Neck", "A 200", "Contact Lost".
- Insufferable Genius: Ritchie Blackmore has a lengthy history of this.
- Intercourse with You: "Hard Lovin' Man".
- Heavy Metal: A Ur-Example of the genre.
- Jerk Ass: Blackmore's ego and...Problematic personality have become the stuff of legend. The issues that the rest of the band had with him progressed to the point where it was a matter of his being ejected and the band surviving, or his staying and causing the band to collapse.
- Knight Templar Parent: The father in "Anyone's Daughter".
- Live Album: They outnumber their studio outputs at this point.
- Long Runner Line Up: Mark II barely makes it as a Type V, totaling 10 years and two months.
- The present MK VIII line-up of Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey has now notched up 12 years as of 2014, qualifying as a Type 2 long runner line-up.
- Meaningful Name: Ian Paice, the drummer. May also be a Punny Name.
- The albums Who Do We Think We Are (last album before Mark II's dissolution and the formation of Mark III) and The Battle Rages On (Mark II's last album, period) reflect the Creative Differences that had affected the band, primarily between Blackmore and Gillan.
- Metal Scream: Ian Gillan in Child in Time. The last sequence can be scary at the wrong time, for the wrong people.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Ranges from 2 ("Anyone's Daughter") to 7 ("Fireball"), but rarely goes lower than 5.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "Smoke on the Water". One of the most epic riffs in rock history, dramatic arrangement, tasty harmonies. But you can boil down its lyrical content to: "We went to Switzerland to make a recording and while we were there we were distracted by a fire breaking out in a nearby venue. Thanks to the prompt action of venue staff, there were no serious casualties and our recording schedule was not materially affected."
- Nice Hat: Roger Glover. In recent years he's taken to a bandanna, though. Ritchie Blackmore also sported a top hat in the mid-'70s, as seen on the cover of Burn.
- One Steve Limit: Averted by Ian Gillan (singer) and Ian Paice (drummer).
- Plagiarism: The frontman of the group, Ian Gillan, admitted that "Child in Time" plagiarized "Bombay Calling" by It's a Beautiful Day.
- "Bombay Calling"? A Bollywood music director plagiarised the opening / ending of the song, with a different song in the middle instead of the guitar solo, and without the nightmarish ending sequence (it's a light and fluffy song).
- The Prankster: Ritchie Blackmore was notorious for tormenting his bandmates and everyone around him with rather cruel pranks.
- Precision F-Strike: Not Responsible from Perfect Strangers has the only known instance in a Deep Purple song. In their entire recording history.
- Pun-Based Title: Many of their album (and song) titles, with Purpendicular and Abandon note being two prominent examples.
- Rearrange the Song: The band produced a reworked version of the Mark II era song "Bloodsucker" and released it as "Blüdsucker" on their album Abandon.
- Recycled Lyrics: "Hard Lovin' Man" from "Bloodsucker", and reappearing on the track of the same name later on the same album.
- Lampshaded in the song "Hungry Daze" from their 1984 album Perfect Strangers, which recycles the first line of "Smoke on the Water":"We all came down to Montreux, but that's another song"
- Lampshaded in the song "Hungry Daze" from their 1984 album Perfect Strangers, which recycles the first line of "Smoke on the Water":
- Revolving Door Band: Deep Purple and its two Spin-Off bands Rainbow and Whitesnake enjoyed a complex, deeply odd three-way set of revolving doors. Members of one band would often spend time in one or both of the other two bands, moving among them almost as if they were a single, three-headed line-up.
- Further complicating the picture, the three bands later served as a sort of farm team for post-Ozzy Black Sabbath.
- Rockers Smash Guitars: California Jam, 1974; Blackmore threw guitars into the audience and more infamously smashed a network video camera with his guitar.
- Rushmore Refacement: The cover of Deep Purple in Rock, which is also a Visual Pun.
- Self-Titled Album: Notably, their third one instead of the more typical debut album (which, however, still contained the band name).
- Show, Don't Tell: "Highway Star" counts. It was written as a response to an interviewer's question regarding how the band writes their songs.
- Song of Song Titles: Sort of. The first song Gillan ever wrote with Deep Purple was "Speed King", where he just quoted bits of lyrics from other rock 'n roll tunes (by Little Richard, Elvis Presley and so on) — apparently only the chorus is 100% his.
- Space Trucker: "Space Truckin'". Partly the Trope Namer, as it seems.
- Spin-Off: Rainbow, arguably. And Whitesnake, too; what with Mark III / IV vocalist David Coverdale being, well, the band.
- Stop and Go: "Pictures of Home".
- A Storm Is Coming: "Stormbringer".
- Subliminal Seduction: The windy sounds at the start of "Stormbringer", when played backwards, are outright unpleasant.
- Take That:
- "MTV" from Rapture of the Deep is a scathing take on the modern music industry, down to disc jockeys getting band member names wrong."Mr. Gillian and Mr. Grover..."
- So is "Mary Long" from Who Do We Think We Are, this time against Moral Guardians.
- "Black or White" from The House of Blue Light, against tabloid journalism, paparazzi and intrepid reporters, with one target clearly mentioned:"Is this the News of the World?"
- "MTV" from Rapture of the Deep is a scathing take on the modern music industry, down to disc jockeys getting band member names wrong.
- Titled After the Song: At a band meeting to pick a name, Blackmore suggested the standard "Deep Purple", because it was his grandmother's favourite song and she would often pester him to play it. Everybody else agreed to the suggestion.
- Title Track: Fireball, Stormbringer, Burn, Perfect Strangers, The Battle Rages On, Bananas, Rapture of the Deep.
- The Stoic: Find a MK II band picture. Usually the band smiles, except for Blackmore who just pulls off a generic unemotional facial expression. He also tried that in concert.
- Ritchie does smile, but even his smiles are tense. During MK I's performance at the Playboy mansion, he can even be seen giggling.
- Token Evil Teammate: For Ritchie Blackmore's last few years in the band, the others apparently considered him this.
- Uncommon Time: Generally rare in their music, but the instrumental sections of "Perfect Strangers" are in alternating bars of 4/4 and 5/4 time, up until the point where Gillan sings "I know I must remain inside this silent well of sorrow", which reverts to 4/4 time.
- Vocal Tag Team: Part of what made MK III distinctive; although David Coverdale was the lead vocalist, bassist Glenn Hughes would also sing some songs and the two would often trade off vocals, as in "Burn".
- We Used to Be Friends: Ian Gillan feels this way towards Ritchie Blackmore. Although Gillan has stated that enough time has passed since Blackmore left for good that he can look back fondly on their work together, he still has absolutely no desire to try and reconcile with him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Original vocalist Rod Evans disappeared after his involvement with the infamous "Deep Purple Reunion" of 1980. He hasn't been seen or heard from since, but is apparently receiving royalties again as of 2015.
- You Are Number 6: Bad Attitude from The House of Blue Light has this line:
- Don't want a number, I've got a name