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Buskers with amplifiers
« on: August 09, 2019, 05:23:33 PM »
I'll be honest. I wish buskers with amps weren't so prevalent. If I were ever made mayor thanks to some sort of administrative error, my first executive order would be to have such buskers turned into sausages. Or, y'know, I'd ban the amps and encourage busking of the unplugged variety.

A lot of other people, according to a Guardian piece a few months back, feel similarly while others are concerned that Britain becoming an officious little shitey hole where everything gets banned by miserable bastards such as myself.

Worse, I'm not sure I can even articulate why I dislike amplified buskers. Does anyone here feel similarly and care to help me with the old wordies? Alternatively, does anyone love a plugged-in busker?
« Last Edit: August 09, 2019, 05:41:42 PM by Mobbd »

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 05:39:02 PM »
Plugged into the mains perhaps.

I dunno, it does feel like it's not right somehow.

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 06:05:44 PM »
I honestly hate all buskers, polluting towns and cities with their acoustic drivel.

Haven't seen an amped up one yet but i'll be sure to kick the shit out of him/her.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 06:14:29 PM »
I'll be honest. I wish buskers with amps weren't so prevalent. If I were ever made mayor thanks to some sort of administrative error, my first executive order would be to have such buskers turned into sausages. Or, y'know, I'd ban the amps and encourage busking of the unplugged variety.

A lot of other people, according to a Guardian piece a few months back, feel similarly while others are concerned that Britain becoming an officious little shitey hole where everything gets banned by miserable bastards such as myself.

Worse, I'm not sure I can even articulate why I dislike amplified buskers. Does anyone here feel similarly and care to help me with the old wordies? Alternatively, does anyone love a plugged-in busker?

Not a fair playing ground if some buskers have amps and some don't.

Ban them all.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 06:20:59 PM »
The next thread title after this on the G. Bullshit index page is 'Fuck 'em'

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2019, 06:37:01 PM »
perhaps if they are teenagers playing awful bland singer songwriter sub sheeran drivel sang in a silly voice

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2019, 07:37:24 PM »
Going into town is shit on so many thousands of levels I don’t know how you can single out buskers as the thing to be annoyed by. As soon as I get off the bus and into town I want to smash everything, murder everyone and suffocate myself under the pile of bodies, and I’m amazed anyone can have a different reaction.

Is hating the buskers just a coping mechanism? Focus on one thing to funnel your hatred towards and everything else melts away, like smushing that one mosquito you saw even though you know there are thousands lurking waiting for you to fall asleep?

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 07:40:28 PM »
Ban buskers with guitars I reckon, they're always shit.

I want to see matey playing steel drums, a saxophone or maybe an accordion. Props if its multiple people and one has lugged a double bass along.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2019, 07:57:58 PM »
I thought this was going to be a Mumford & Sons thread.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2019, 08:06:48 PM »
No, that’d be the Fuck ‘em thread.

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2019, 08:17:04 PM »
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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2019, 08:35:36 PM »
Acoustic guitar with a 'rap' breakdown. Saw some kid doing it in Keswick and I nearly ran through the lil gimp.

Went to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, place seems much better than five years ago or so but fuckin town centre was like a dogshit circus.

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2019, 09:00:51 PM »
my favourite busker is the guy near covent garden station who sings "meet the flintstones" over and over down a traffic cone

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2019, 09:13:45 PM »
Saw a busker on the tube on Wednesday night who took contactless payment, I thought it was a fair enough initially as we're moving towards a cash less society and all that shite, but then noticed it was set to a £2 payment which is just taking the piss, especially on the tube where you can't exactly sit down and listen to them play for a while, and most of the time you only hear them play for about 30 seconds.

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2019, 09:20:58 PM »
The circumstances where I'd tolerate an amp are if it's someone who's obviously really fucking good at their instrument (as in, classically trained) and it would be drowned out in most any circumstance, and somewhere that's just absurdly noisy as it is (i.e. outside tottenham court rd station). I guess some manner of hype man type deal is okay too, that's just a dude shouting, easy to filter out.


Do they get penalised for having really fucking shitty speakers ever? I feel like it's a while where the main issue has been that they've been using some godawful speaker set up to 400% of its recommended max level. Generally speaking it's still the actual speakers that bother me more than the sound level though, some dude going to town on a trumpet wouldn't bother me at all and that could be easily as loud as the acoustic guy playing Every Breath You Take with an amp.

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2019, 09:27:31 PM »
amped up peruvian pan pipe players, but i stand there and listen because i still feel guilty about the sherpa who lost his life in the opening cutscene to tomb raider.

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2019, 09:52:19 PM »
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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2019, 10:03:49 PM »
Alternatively, does anyone love a plugged-in busker?

Not a fan of them but in Vienna there are some serious classically trained performers. And a shedload / shipping container of pan pipers.

Mind you, where would Christopher Lillicrap be if it weren't for Busker?

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2019, 10:10:08 PM »
That reminds me, there's a Chinese guy in Wimbledon who sings over the top of loud pre-recorded music, but the thing is that he's hideously scarred from what must have been a vicious assault, and an appalling singer, but I guess no one ever mentions that as they feel sorry for him.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2019, 10:18:14 PM »
I recently wrote a desolation post about an unhinged, tuneless and weirdly aggressive Christian busking band. Unfortunately, this was only thinly fictionalised, and this band really plays on O'Connell Street in Dublin. They have a shitty amp, a bloke screaming into a microphone and some randomer playing the tambourine without a semblance of rhythm. I may make it sound like they're only a step away from a positive review in The Wire but no, they're awful. Worst of all is the fact that their amp means no matter how high I turn up my own music, I can still hear the fuckers.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2019, 11:02:01 PM »
Shopping plaza behind my work has an electric fiddler fairly often. He is loud as fuck and talks to heckles people.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2019, 11:03:08 PM »
I blame Bob Dylan.

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« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2019, 12:09:35 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2019, 04:01:16 PM »
Going into town is shit on so many thousands of levels I don’t know how you can single out buskers as the thing to be annoyed by. As soon as I get off the bus and into town I want to smash everything, murder everyone and suffocate myself under the pile of bodies, and I’m amazed anyone can have a different reaction.

Is hating the buskers just a coping mechanism? Focus on one thing to funnel your hatred towards and everything else melts away, like smushing that one mosquito you saw even though you know there are thousands lurking waiting for you to fall asleep?

Oh! No. No, no. This thread is first of a series.

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2019, 04:11:19 PM »
Saw a busker on the tube on Wednesday night who took contactless payment, I thought it was a fair enough initially as we're moving towards a cash less society and all that shite, but then noticed it was set to a £2 payment which is just taking the piss, especially on the tube where you can't exactly sit down and listen to them play for a while, and most of the time you only hear them play for about 30 seconds.

Yes, that's another thing. I'd always assumed that the idea was to give "change" on the basis that loads of people would do the same and so a person of limited marketable talent would take home a cumulative something in the violin case (twenty to thirty quid?) after a few hours.

I found myself standing in line outside a gig once, chatting to someone who sometimes busked. He mentioned (in the casually-psychotic way that some people say "oh, just a bit of shoplifting," when asked if they've ever committed a crime) that buskers don't like it/find it insulting when you give less than a quid.

It's the idea that they're contributing rather than, say, littering that gets me.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2019, 04:21:50 PM by Mobbd »

Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2019, 04:34:57 PM »
Wazzocks.

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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2019, 07:35:58 PM »
I saw an amplified busker once.




You know who it was?




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Re: Buskers with amplifiers
« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2019, 10:51:15 PM »
I know a feller who liked to busk with his guitar, said he made about £50 for a morning. I've seen a lot of buskers In my time, but I've never seen them clawing into their cash hat to make it appear that they've only earned pennies for their endeavours.

Is this a tactic and am I gullible?

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« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2019, 11:10:59 PM »
I know a feller who liked to busk with his guitar, said he made about £50 for a morning. I've seen a lot of buskers In my time, but I've never seen them clawing into their cash hat to make it appear that they've only earned pennies for their endeavours.

Is this a tactic and am I gullible?

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