YMMV / Deep Purple


  • Awesome Music: Check the links on the main page.
  • Broken Base:
  • Covered Up: Wait, you mean "Hush" isn't originally by Deep Purple?
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Of all the "Big Three", Deep Purple was the only one with a functioning sense of humour, especially evident on Fireball. The band may dislike "Anyone's Daughter", but it's still pretty hilarious. "No One Came" is a rueful, funny song about the trap of fame and success, and it also rocks.
  • Ear Worm
  • Epic Riff: A lot, but "Smoke on the Water" from Machine Head is the most famous example.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: A strange case. Even though the band never enjoyed more than modest popularity in the US, Mark I was more popular there to the point where UK fans thought they were American, to the point where they earned 10 times as much on a US gig compared to a UK gig. Today the band is more popular among European audiences, especially in countries formerly of the Warsaw Pact.
  • Ho Yay: The relationship between Blackmore and Gillan sometimes has shades of this. Apparently, a major source of tension between them was Gillan's nudist tendencies, especially as Blackmore and Gillan roomed together on tour during the initial Mk. II run. Gillan wrote the fabulously homoerotic song "Smooth Dancer" about Blackmore, including such gems as "I want/To be inside of you" and "I loved you once and I want to love again". Gillan is also strangely jealous of the other Deep Purple singers who worked with Blackmore, comparing to listening to Mk III-IV's songs to "finding your wife in bed with another man." When Gillan fielded fan questions on his Facebook, even his male fans took the opportunity to ask him if he'd ever kissed Ritchie Blackmore.
    • Blackmore would respond to "Smooth Dancer" years later with "King of Dreams" off the Slaves And Masters album. This song somehow manages to be almost as homoerotic as "Smooth Dancer".
    • Tommy Bolin and Glenn Hughes of the Mk. IV lineup used to make out onstage. Footage of this does not seem to exist, but on some audio recordings one can hear audience members yelling slurs at them.
    • Blackmore has claimed in an interview to have caught Gillan and Glover in a... compromising situation in the back of the band's Daimler limousine on one occasion.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The wolf howls at the beginning of "Hush" are pretty damn creepy.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Steve Morse, if you're a Ritchie Blackmore fan. Also Tommy Bolin when Blackmore left the first time.
    • But Bolin was a great guitarist. He could've gone pretty far if he hadn't suffered Author Existence Failure.
    • David Coverdale , Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner for Ian Gillan fans.
    • And also Ian Gillan if you are a Rod Evans fan.
    • The infamous 'Bogus Deep Purple' lineup of 1980. And how.
    • Subverted with Don Airey, as he's a highly-respected musician in his own right and was also hand-picked by Lord to replace him.
  • Sequel Displacement: In general the band is most famous from their Mark II era, compared to the more Psychedelic Rock-flavored Mark I.
  • Tear Jerker: "Anthem" from Book Of Taliesyn, "Child In Time" (well....the song part of it) from In Rock, "Contact Lost" from Bananascontext 
    • "When a Blind Man Cries." An evocative title combined with some of the most depressing lyrics in the band's history.
    • "Mistreated". You can hear the pain in Coverdale's voice...and the last line is one of the saddest things in rock music...punctuated by a very tired-sounding sigh.
      • During his live performances of the song, Glenn Hughes adds his own Subdued Section which is arguably even sadder than the original because it sounds like he's talking more about the mistreatment he put his body and mind through during his drug addiction.
    • "Soldier Of Fortune" ain't too cheerful either.

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