Ian Paice: The Origin Of Progressive Metal

“Hey Joe” And “Child In Time Bolero”

Could a song be more politically incorrect? “Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand?” Well, Joe’s on his way to murder his girlfriend for cheating on him, and then he’s going to escape to Mexico — not the greatest caper ever planned, but it does make for a dramatic song. Deep Purple’s take on the classic adds a two and a half minute intro built around a bolero groove that ends with a quarter-note triplet. It might be more suitable as the theme music at a bullfight.

“We had the intent of changing it and arranging it à la Vanilla Fudge,” Paice says. “It’s one of those songs that no matter who does it, it will never quite be what Hendrix and Mitch [Mitchell] and Noel [Redding] created. Sometimes there’s a benchmark set the first time you hear [a song]. And that sort of tune did give a lot of freedom rhythmically for the drummer to just sort of wave his arms ’round a bit more than he normally would.”

Paice also plays a similar if more conventional bolero pattern in Deep Purple’s “Child In Time.” Note: The bass drum part is so quiet that it could be a little different than what we have notated here.

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“Pictures Of Home” from Machine Head

Paice enters “Pictures Of Home” with an absolutely killer fill from the Live At Royal Albert Hall CD. It sounds polyrhythmic because he groups these linear ruffs in clusters of three eighth-notes for sections of this fill.

“My idea for it was to use it the same way a magician uses slight of hand to deceive you — the drum intro is meant to deceive your ears because it’s a great tumbling load of notes,” Paice says. “I’m actually thinking of three beats against two when I’m playing, so I’m just trying to misdirect the listener as to where the 1 in the bar is, and it works well.”

If you want to learn it, try playing flams instead of the thirty-second-notes notes at first. Once you get the basic rhythm and voicing down, widen the flams into thirty-second-notes. Playing e and ah with your feet may seem very strange and difficult unless you try it that way first.

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