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YMMV: Jethro Tull
  • Awesome Music: Obviously Aqualung and Thick As A Brick, also A Passion Play and Songs From The Wood.
    • Heavy Horses and Broadsword and the Beast, and that's not even getting into individual songs.
    • Minstrel in the Gallery too.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "THIS is the story of the hare who lost his spectacles!"
  • Covered Up: "Bouree" by Bach.
  • Epic Riff: "Aqualung", "Locomotive Breath", several others.
    • The opening riff to Thick as a Brick may be the band's most recognizable.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Justified in a lot of songs (such as "A Passion Play") but also overdone in others. "Thick as a Brick" is basically trolling people on the subject.
  • Face of the Band: To the point where people think Jethro Tull is the guy's name. It's Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull is a person's name, but he's an historical figure known for inventing the seed drill. It's comparable to assuming that Franz Ferdinand is a solo artist.
  • Growing the Beard: The inclusion of guitarist Martin Barre (during Stand Up) and keyboardist John Evan (during Benefit), which greatly expanded and tightened the band's sound.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die! marked the first appearance of Tull's third bassist John Glascock. Three and a half years after that album; he passed away at age 28; not too old to rock 'n' roll, but certainly too young to die.
  • Ho Yay: For decades a live concert staple has involved Ian Anderson sticking his flute between Martin Barre's legs in a distinctly phallic manner, and fiddling with the protruding end of it for a while. Generally this ends with a disgusted look at the free hand, then wiping it as if now covered with something very sticky.
  • I Am Not Shazam: See Face of the Band.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Many of their songs are incredibly Anvilicious, but it doesn't take away from the music.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: More of an issue during the band's more active years. Since Tull changed its sound every few albums, criticism was pretty inevitable.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: There are websites dedicated to deciphering Ian Anderson's lyrics.
    • This site goes through A Passion Play line-by-line.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Quite a few commentaries about the band's history like to imply that Anderson was on drugs of some kind. The fact is that Anderson doesn't do any drugs at all and only rarely drinks. In fact, he has claimed that his few experiments with drugs hindered his creative process.

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