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 Post subject: Frank's "Hippie" Riff
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:49 am 

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Just thought I'd say something about it. I was digging around on youtube and found a bunch of old versions of "Hey Joe" and now I'm pretty sure this is what inspired that little musical quote he does every time a hippie is mentioned in his lyrics (you've heard it in "Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me?", among other places). I'm also pretty sure the early versions are what he based "Flower Punk" on.

As far as I can tell, even though several bands had charted with Hey Joe before Jimi Hendrix did it, after his version became popular everyone forgot how it originally went. I know few people my age and nobody younger who would recognize the original versions. But it's so amazing to me simply because SO MANY BANDS covered the song before Jimi's version, and after his version, EVERY BAND covers Jimi's version.

As a result, I thought perhaps a few of you might be unaware. The cord progression in the lick is common to a lot of '60s and early '70s folk rock, but I'm convinced that the old version of Hey Joe is the one Frank quotes when he mentions hippies. Does anyone have anything to add?

Here's some links: -- The Leaves' version, first to make the charts -- The Byrds' version, apparently The Leaves saw them play it in concert and got their cover on record before the Byrds could release theirs. ... eWW8CJzkNz -- Here's a playlist I just found with all the old versions.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:23 pm 
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Yep you pretty much summed that one up :smoke:

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