YMMV / Jimi Hendrix

  • Adaptation Displacement: His version of "All Along the Watchtower" has become more famous than Bob Dylan's original from John Wesley Harding.
  • Awesome Music: His terrifying version of "The Star Spangled Banner" caps both the Woodstock festival and the incredible documentary that recorded the event.
  • Better Than Canon: As mentioned below, Dylan regarded Hendrix' cover of "All Along the Watchtower" as this, and now performs the song in Hendrix' style.
  • Covered Up: "Hey Joe" and "All Along the Watchtower", even by the original artist. Bob Dylan plays it like Jimi Hendrix out of respect. "Hey Joe" was already a standard when Hendrix recorded it, with versions by The Byrds and Love preceding Hendrix's.
  • Crazy Awesome: Playing the solo in "Hey Joe" at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with his teeth.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: As noted elsewhere, "Purple Haze" contains a lyric that became a famous Mondegreen as people misheard it to say "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." Apparently this kicked in almost immediately as Hendrix was not only aware of it, but there are numerous funny recordings of him doing the song and singing that version of the lyric! (This is actually one of a very few examples where the subject of a musical mondegreen not only acknowledged it but embraced it.)
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mitch Mitchell is well liked among drummers for his Jazz-infused playing style, and his chemistry with Hendrix, whic lasted well after the Experience broke up. His drumming on "Manic Depression", "Fire", "Voodoo Chile", and "Third Stone From the Sun" in particular stand out.
    • In retrospect applies to Hendrix himself, considering that early on in his career he worked as part of Little Richard's band.
  • Epic Riff: "Purple Haze", "Fire," "Foxy Lady"... Let's start over. Every song he does has an Epic Riff.
  • Face of the Band: Even though he himself always thought that Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding were just as important to the Experience's sound.
  • First Installment Wins: While Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland both achieved acclaim, Are You Experienced is considered his masterpiece.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: On Band of Gypsys, recorded on Dec 31 1969, Hendrix wishes the audience a happy new year and then snarks "Let's see if we can make it to the next one" and does an exaggerated chuckle. He didn't.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: When he was becoming popular in England, he was virtually unknown in the United States.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The last verse of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", the last song on his last studio album, ends with:
    If I don't meet you no more in this world
    I'll meet you in the next one, and don't be late
    Don't be late!
    • "The Ballad of Jimi" — a notorious song from 1965 in which Hendrix mourned himself for his death in five years. It went from weird to totally creepy when the prediction came true.
  • Never Live It Down: He only burned a guitar on stage three times (though he did smash guitars a bit more often). Whenever he appears in the media you'll more than likely see him doing it though. He's also infamous for choking to death on his own vomit.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: A lot of factors conspire for Hendrix's achievement and contemporary impact to be consistently underrated, among them the tendency of rock fans to listen to mostly white musicians and the tendency of the media to downplay the impact of black ones (and to play up the druggy, wiggy, guitar-smashing, puke-choking elements of his life story), but Hendrix's effect on the musicians of his time and place cannot be over-emphasised. He raised the bar for everyone. Also it doesn't help that his innovations have been so widely imitated and absorbed into the rock mainstream that they've become cliches in their own right, through no fault of his own.
  • Tear Jerker: "Castles Made of Sand", "Little Wing".
    • One from Eric Clapton, Jimi's Friendly Rival. Clapton stumbled on a left-handed Strat in a music store, and even though he knew Hendrix was wary of left-handed Strats (feeling the right-handed model was essential to his tone), Clapton still bought it planning to give it to Jimi as a gift. He just missed the opportunity though at a party they were both at, but thought "Eh, I'll give it to him later." A few days later, Jimi was found dead. According to Clapton, he still has the left-handed guitar to this day.
  • Too Cool to Live
  • Vindicated by History: It took a while for him to be recognized as the most innovative guitarist in rock history, but it happened eventually, although some people are still unwilling to admit it.

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