May 26, 2005

On the Shoulders of Giants

Yet another intriguing Craig's List listing, entitled The most powerful collaboration since Lennon and McCartney:

Here are THE two musicians to start looking out for, who have now teamed up to create powerful, epic, all original music. Think Alice In Chains here, think Beatles, etc. They are soon to have their own joint website and are gigging, and being noticed everywhere they go... A&R people should be getting their heads out of the clouds right about now.

Posted by Dr. Frank at May 26, 2005 12:06 AM | TrackBack

I really hate when people do comparisons like that. Honestly, for as much as I love the Beatles, I have never listened to a band that was compared to their music or song writing abilities. In fact, I seem to avoid those bands.

Posted by: Amy 80 at May 26, 2005 12:56 AM

Is "gigging" a word? If it is, it shouldn't be.

Posted by: Manda Magpie at May 26, 2005 06:13 AM

The Beatles and Alice In Chains, hunh? The music I'm imagining in my head is quite possibly the worst music ever. The band, or duo as it were, cannot possibly live down to my expectations.

Posted by: Eric Peabody at May 26, 2005 06:24 AM

Opinion: I loved the 60s Beatles, but the Hippie 70s Beatles SUCKED beyond belief.

Posted by: Zaphod at May 26, 2005 11:36 AM

I love how the Jason Mercy profile starts out on his page:

"I am in my mid twenties, and I am an artist in every sense of the word."

And by love, I mean "find humorous."

Posted by: Van Serpico at May 26, 2005 02:04 PM

Yeah...because Alice in Chains always did remind me of the Beatles. (here they come to kill the rooster)

Posted by: Buckeye Bill at May 26, 2005 04:42 PM

i don't know if "gigging" is actually a word,
but i've heard it used.

at least among the theatrical set.

Posted by: just me at May 26, 2005 08:06 PM

"gigging" is a word. it has correct morphology and everything.

the oed gives three definitions of it:
1. To do a ‘gig’ or ‘gigs’.
2. To raise the nap of (cloth) with a gig.
3. To move backwards and forwards.

theatrical set. ha! sorry, drama nerd always seemed more amusing than band nerds.

Posted by: kendra at May 26, 2005 09:04 PM

oh they very much are,i work with them...sort of...lets just say the "theatrical set" helps sell our wares.

i really have to hold back at times,the fascinatingly amusing lifestyle they lead.

Posted by: just me at May 26, 2005 10:19 PM

But in the case of doing a gig, gig is not a verb, therefore you can't add "ing" to it. When you go drinking and do a shot, do you say you were "shotting"?

Posted by: Manda Magpie at May 26, 2005 10:44 PM

well,i'm not much of a drinker but i suppose that makes sense. fortunately for the said set they're not always much about making sense.

Posted by: JUST ME at May 26, 2005 11:43 PM

manda, "shotting" could very well be a word. just because it's not commonly used doesn't mean it can't be a word. the morphology is analogous to many other verbs. it may not be common to affix -ing to the past tense, but heck. how is "shotting" different than "shooting" really? i'm sure "shotting" could be used as an isogloss (if it isn't already).

this is what dialectology is all about.

Posted by: kendra at May 26, 2005 11:56 PM

"A&R people should be getting their heads out of the clouds right about now."

Isn't that like a poet telling a businessman he should be more realistic?

Posted by: JB at May 27, 2005 01:55 AM

We're all forgetting the most important use of the word gigging. Around here, the word is most commonly used when talking about frog gigging. This is where you go out at night with a big stick, and you shine a light in the frogs' eyes to make them keep still, and then you spear them.

Posted by: alix at May 27, 2005 03:15 AM

You're right, Alix, I *was* forgetting that. Now, sadly, I am not.

Posted by: Wes at May 27, 2005 04:22 AM


In musicians' argot, "to gig" certainly is a verb, and "gigging" is its present participle. The usage is extremely common, and I'm surprised that it seems odd to the folks posting here.

Posted by: Aaron at May 27, 2005 05:27 AM

yeah, and we all know that between Lennon/McCartney and Cantrell/Staley, there was just this huge void in songwriting where nobody was doing ANYTHING. the continuum of "Good Music" runs Beatles, Alice in Chains, then nothing. Well, these two after AIC, i guess. i, of course, disagree. i mean, Pinkard & Bowden gotta fit in there SOMEWHERE....

Posted by: c. at May 27, 2005 06:13 AM

It doesn't seem odd, I just hate it. Bands that say they have gigs just sound prentitious. I imagine hipsters go to gigs.

Posted by: Manda Magpie at May 27, 2005 08:03 AM

Whoa, I butchered pretentious huh?

Posted by: Manda Magpie at May 27, 2005 08:04 AM

Maybe by "gigging" they are referring to "3. To move backwards and forwards." That would explain why they are "being noticed everywhere they go..."

Posted by: josh at May 27, 2005 01:41 PM

I'd tend to agree with Alix about the frog spearing meaning of the word.

Posted by: Eric Peabody at May 29, 2005 10:04 AM

Not one single mention of any idea or opinion of the actual music featured. People have too much time on their hands, but hey good or bad, publicity is publicity, keep writing, I'll keep reading, glad i found this little page.

Posted by: Jason at September 22, 2005 05:32 AM