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The classic (Mark II) line-up of Deep Purple. From left to right: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice.

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 sound
"Highway Star", Machine Head

Deep Purple is a long-running hard rock band founded in 1968. Their style is primarily Blues Rock and Hard Rock, with occasional ventures into other rock sub-genres, including some prog efforts. Their sound was also an influence on Heavy Metal.

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 changesnote , each successive group has been more or less a cohesive unit.

So far there have been eight distinct lineups, or Marks, not including a "bogus" Deep Purple that toured in 1980 with only one original member (vocalist Rod Evans).

     About the lineups 

Deep Purple Mark I (1968–69)

  • Members: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Nick Simper (bass), Rod Evans (vocals), Ian Paice (drums).
  • Albums: Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn (1968), Deep Purple (1969).

Despite only lasting for little over a year, Deep Purple Mk. I produced three albums and a single that remains one of their biggest hits, "Hush". This lineup was dissolved after Evans and Simper were fired in favor of Episode Six's Gillan and Glover. This lineup played rather standard 60's Psychedelic Pop, with some hints of hard rock.

Deep Purple Mark II (1969–73, reunited 1984–89, and again 1992–93)

'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: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Ian Paice (drums), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass).
  • 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).

Often considered the 'classic' Deep Purple lineup, Mk. II was formed when Ritchie Blackmore decided to fire Evans and Simper from the Mk. I lineup, and asked a musician acquaintance named Mick Underwood for ideas for replacements. Underwood, curiously, suggested the singer and bassist of his own band, Episode Six, by the names of Ian Gillan and Roger Glover. Gillan had recently recorded the part of Jesus on the original concept album for Jesus Christ Superstar when he got the Deep Purple gig. Although the band produced such classics as "Child in Time", "Highway Star", and their best known song, "Smoke on the Water", Mk. II suffered from the fraught relationship between Gillan and Blackmore. Gillan and Glover opted to leave the band (or were driven out) in 1973. Mark II would reunite in 1984, but Gillan and Blackmore proved no more able to work together than they had eleven years before (in one notable incident, Blackmore smashed a plate of spaghetti into Gillan's face). Blackmore quit Deep Purple for good in 1993. This lineup was instrumental in the creation of Heavy Metal, and experimented with early neoclassical and speed metal elements.

Deep Purple Mark III (1973–75)

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.
— Glenn Hughes

Members: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Ian Paice (drums), Glenn Hughes (bass), David Coverdale (vocals).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. This lineup started out playing the hard rock the band was known for, but gradually introduced more funk and soul elements, to Ritchie Blackmore’s disgust.

Deep Purple Mark IV (1975–76)

Drugs, groupies, hypodermic needles... What have you got to say about that?
— Interviewer
Love it all.
— David Coverdale

  • Members: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), Glenn Hughes (bass), David Coverdale (vocals), Tommy Bolin (guitars).
  • Albums: Come Taste the Band (1975).

American guitarist Tommy Bolin, known for his time in The James Gang, joined Deep Purple. By this time, Hughes was a cocaine addict, and Bolin turned out to be a heroin junkie. Deep Purple, never known as a junkie band, was beset with troubles as the members grappled with addictions and personal problems. A disastrous concert in Indonesia resulted in one of the band's road crew being murdered when thrown down an elevator shaft, and Deep Purple being forced to play an additional concert practically at gunpoint. Bolin tragically died from a heroin overdose in December 1976, ending the Mark IV lineup for good. Coverdale would go on to form his own band, Whitesnake, and Paice and Lord would join that band for several albums. Hughes had a brief stint as Black Sabbath's singer and also collaborated with Joe Lynn Turner (of the Mk. V lineup) in the Hughes-Turner Project. This lineup played Funk Rock, similar to Glenn Hughes' old band Trapeze.

"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.
— Ritchie Blackmore

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). Very little is still publicly known about this band and the only recording available is a bootleg of Smoke on the Water.

Deep Purple Mark V (1989–92)

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: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Roger Glover (bass), Joe Lynn Turner (vocals).
  • Albums: Slaves and Masters (1990).

After Ian Gillan quit, the band struggled to find a replacement vocalist. Blackmore recruited American Joe Lynn Turner, the former vocalist of Blackmore's band, Rainbow. Lord and Paice were dissatisfied with Turner, and record label pressure eventually resulted in Turner's dismissal and the return of Gillan in 1992. Though short-lived, this lineup sounded quite similar Rainbow, understandable given that three fifths of the lineup were Rainbow alumni.

Deep Purple Mark VI (1993–94)

Members: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Gillan (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitars).

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 (1994–2002)

  • Members: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Gillan (vocals), Steve Morse (guitars).
  • Albums: Purpendicular (1996), Abandon (1998).

Steve Morse, noted for his work with the Dixie Dregs, was brought on as the band's new guitarist. This lineup was stable until Jon Lord chose to leave, peacefully turning over keyboard duties to former Whitesnake keyboardist Don Airey.

Deep Purple Mark VIII (2002–present)

  • Members: Ian Paice (drums), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Gillan (vocals), Steve Morse (guitars), Don Airey (keyboards).
  • Albums: Bananas (2003), Rapture of the Deep (2005), Now What?! (2013), Infinite (2017)

So far the most stable lineup of the band, Mark VIII has recorded albums and toured the world regularly since 2002, and performed at Deep Purple's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
The current lineup (Mark VIII). From left to right: Don Airey, Ian Paice, Steve Morse, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover.

Current Members:

  • Ian Paice - drums, percussion (1968–76, 1984–present)
  • Roger Glover - bass, synthesizers (1969–73, 1984–present)
  • Ian Gillan - vocals, harmonica, percussion, conga (1969–73, 1984–89, 1992–present)
  • Steve Morse - guitars (1994–present)
  • Don Airey - keyboards (2002–present)

Former Members:

  • Ritchie Blackmore - guitars (1968–75, 1984–93)
  • Tommy Bolin - guitars, backing vocals, bass (1975–76, died 1976)
  • David Coverdale - lead vocals (1973–76)
  • Rod Evans - lead vocals (1968–69)
  • Glenn Hughes - bass, backing vocals (1973–76)
  • Jon Lord - keyboards, organ, backing vocals, synthesizers, piano (1968–76, 1984–2002, died 2012)
  • Joe Satriani - guitars (1993–94)
  • Nick Simper - bass, backing vocals (1968–69)
  • Joe Lynn Turner - lead vocals (1989–92)

Studio Discography:

  • 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?!
  • 2017 - Infinite

Live Discography:

  • 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 1968–1970
  • 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:

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: My woman from To-kay-oh...
    • From "Smooth Dancer": "You're acting like a girl who's got a false preg-NAN-cy..."
  • Accidental Marriage: "One Night in Vegas" in Infinite involves one.
  • Album Title Drop: "Listen, Learn, Read On" from The Book of Taliesyn.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Averted. Even with Ian Paice's explosive drumming style, he is The Quiet One of the group and is the only remaining original member.
  • Anti-Love Song: A few. "All I Got Is You" off Infinite is a very bitter example.
  • A Storm Is Coming: "Stormbringer."
  • Badass Baritone: David Coverdale and Rod Evans, in contrast to Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes.
  • Badass Beard: David Coverdale after Stormbringer.
  • Badass Moustache: Jon Lord. Full stop.
  • Black Sheep: Good luck finding a radio station that will play anything other than Machine Head, In Rock, and Burn.
  • 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".
  • Call-Back: The music video for "The Surprising" includes callbacks to most of their album covers over the years.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The Ian Gillan-led versions of the group have never played anything from the David Coverdale/Glen Hughes years. Gillan has even gone so far as to say he doesn't consider the three studio albums made during that period (Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band) to even be Deep Purple albums, although he admits they contain some very good music.
  • Car Song: "Highway Star".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ian Gillan, full stop. Between...odd wardrobe choices, occasionally silly lyrics, a penchant for sometimes forgetting said lyrics, and his concert-side ramblings, he seems to be a pleasantly strange one.
  • Contemptible Cover: It does not help that the cover of their third (self-titled) album is a painting by Hieronymus Bosch.
  • Control Freak: Ritchie Blackmore.
  • Cool Shades: Ian Paice most of the time.
    • Jon Lord often sported a pair, too.
    • The whole band sometimes. here, for instance
  • Cool Old Guy: The remaining members and ex-members.
  • 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'm dreaming
    I feel like screaming
    I won my woman just before she died
  • Dying Candle: The front and back covers of Burn
  • 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.
  • Epic Rocking: On most of their albums.
    • "The Mule" and several other songs from Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, and Machine Head live (at least circa Made In Japan). Definitely well-deserved; who doesn't want to sit through twenty minutes of "Space Truckin'" or "Smoke on the Water"?
    • "Child in Time". That is all.
  • Evolving Music: And how. This is most prominent in the shift between Mk I and II.
  • Five-Man Band: Mark VI is not being counted as it only existed as a touring line-up and never released any material.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Slaves & Masters, according to Blackmore.
  • 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 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, thanks to Ritchie Blackmore blowing up his amplifiers, and accidentally, part of the stage.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple in 1980.
  • High-Class Call Girl: The titular "Lady Luck."
  • I Am the Band: Averted; Ian Paice remains the only original member of Deep Purple, but never was its true leader.
  • Iconic Item: Tommy Bolin's echoplex.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Both Fireball and Burn evoke this, and then there's the subject of "Smoke on the Water" and "Into the Fire."
  • 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.
      • This is because the scammers, in order to entice Evans, offered him a contract giving him ostensible "ownership" of the new group even though they were actually funding it and would receive most of its revenues. When the lawyers came knocking, he was the official owner of this venture and the one left holding the bag.
  • Instrumentals: "And the Address...", "Wring That Neck", "A 200", "Contact Lost", "The Well-Dressed Guitar," and "Owed to G".
  • Instrumental Weapon: Ritchie Blackmore's stratocasters, especially at Cal Jam.
  • Insufferable Genius: Ritchie Blackmore has a lengthy history of this.
  • Intercourse with You: "Hard Lovin' Man".
  • Heavy Metal: A significant influence, and the primary influence of the faster, more technical genres of Metal.
  • 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-Haired Pretty Boy: Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, David Coverdale, and Tommy Bolin stand out as this.
  • 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 16 years as of 2018, 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.
    • Ritchie Blackmore. Is there any better name for a pioneer of Heavy Metal, not to mention one who is already moody and dressed in black?
  • Metal Scream: Ian Gillan in Child in Time. The last sequence can be scary at the wrong time, for the wrong people.
    • May this also count as Careful with That Axe?
    • Ian Gillan pulls them off routinely, period. Even in his seventies, the man can wail. Not for nothing he's called the Silvervoice.
    • Glenn Hughes gives good ones too.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally a 5-6, sometimes as low as 2, with a few 7s.
  • 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, but a fire broke out in the venue we were planning to use the day before we were scheduled to start. Thanks to the prompt action of venue staff, there were no serious casualties. So, we moved to a different venue, 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.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: In the past, Ritchie Blackmore has been very vocal of his... dislike of bassists.
    • Oddly enough, averted with Nicky Simper and Glenn Hughes.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted by Ian Gillan (singer) and Ian Paice (drummer).
  • One-Woman Song: "Lalena" off Deep Purple, though there are surprisingly few in their catalogue.
  • 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 and Hip Boots and All I Got Is You from Infinite are the only examples in their discography.
  • 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"
  • 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.
    • Also the reason why founding member Chris Curtis called the band Roundabout – he wanted a core of three members, where other members could join or leave the band at any time.
  • 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.
  • Scatting
  • Self-Titled Album: Shades of Deep Purple, Deep Purple, and Deep Purple in Rock; the latter of which is most widely known.
  • Sex Drugs And Rock N Roll: Averted for MK I and II. Played tragically straight with MK III and IV, particularly with Glenn Hughes, and especially with Tommy Bolin, who died of a drug overdose age 25.
  • 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.
  • Siamese Twin Songs: "This Time Around" and "Owed to G."
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Tommy Bolin in Dealer.
  • Solo Side Project: Jon Lord's "Sarabande."
    • Subverted with Tommy Bolin, who had already begun his solo album "Teaser" before he joined Purple.
    • Odd example of a duet side project with Accidentally on Purpose by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover while both were still part of Purple.
    • Don Airey has released five solo albums during his tenure with Deep Purple: A Light in the Sky, All Out, Keyed Up, Going Home and One of a Kind.
  • 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.
  • Soprano And Gavel: Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: Ritchie Blackmore's departure in 1975, full stop.
  • Space Trucker: "Space Truckin'". Partly the Trope Namer, as it seems.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Many, many articles spell Glenn Hughes' name with only one "n." He's not too fond of it.
    • No, Tommy Bolin is not related to Marc Bolan.
  • 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".
  • Studio Chatter: Almost everywhere on Days May Come And Days May Go.
  • The Drifter: "Drifter."
  • The Stoic: Ritchie Blackmore, who onstage and off often 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.
  • 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.
    • "Smooth Dancer", also from Who Do We Think We Are, this time from Ian Gillan to Ritchie Blackmore.
    • "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?"
    • "King of Dreams" off Slaves and Masters is a rebuttal to "Smooth Dancer", from Ritchie Blackmore to Ian Gillan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Undignified Death: Tommy Bolin, who suffocated to death due to multiple drug intoxication.
  • 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". Overlaps with Soprano And Gavel.
  • 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. Former Captain Beyond drummer Bobby Caldwell mentioned in 2015 that Rod currently works in Los Angeles as a respiratory therapist.
  • 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

Sweet child in time... you'll see the line...