1. Never start a trio with a married couple.

2. Your manager's not helping you.

3. Before you sign a record deal, look up
the word "recoupable" in the dictionary.

4. No one cares who you've opened for.

5. A string section does not make your
songs sound any more "important."

6. If your band has gone through more than
four bass players, it's time to  break up.

7. When you talk on stage, you're never as
funny as you think.

8. If you sound like another band, don't act
like you're unfamiliar
with  their music ("Oh, does Rage Against
The Machine also do rap-rock with  
political lyrics?")

9. Asking a crowd how they're doing is just
amplified small talk.

10. Don't say your video's being played if
it's only on the Austin Music  Network.

11. When you sign to a major label, claim to
have inked the best
contract  ever. Mention "artistic freedom"
and a "guaranteed three record deal."

12. When you get dropped, insist that it was
the worst contract ever, and  you asked to
be let go.

13. Never name a song after your band.

14. Never name your band after a song.

15. When a drummer brings in his own
songs, and asks to perform one of them,  
begin looking for a new drummer

16. Never enter a Battle of the Bands

17. Learn to recognize scary word pairings
such as "rock opera," "white rapper," "blues
jam," "swing band," "open mike," etc.

18. Drummers can take off their shirts or
they can wear gloves, but not both.

19. Break it to your parents:  it's rock 'n'
roll, not a soccer game.
They've  gotta stop coming to your shows.

20. It's not a "showcase."  It's a gig that
doesn't pay.

21. Getting a tattoo is like sewing platform
shoes to your feet.

22. Don't hire a publicist.

23. Playing in Akron, Ohio doesn't mean
that you're on tour.

24. Don't join a cover band that plays Bush
songs. In fact, don't join a  cover band.

25. Although they come in different styles
and colors, electric guitars all  sound the
same.  It's not necessary to keep changing
them between songs.

26. Don't stop your set to ask that beers be
brought up. That's what girlfriends &
boyfriends are for.

27. If you use a smoke machine, your music

28. We can tell the difference between a
professionally produced album cover  and
one you made with the iMac your Mom got
for Christmas.

29. Remember: if blues solos are so
difficult, why can so many 16 year olds  
play them?

30. If you ever take a publicity photo,
destroy it. You may never know where,
when, or how it will turn up.

31. Cut your hair, but don't shave your head.

32. Pierce your nose, but not your eyebrow.

33. Don't wear shorts onstage.  Or a suit.  
Or a hat.

34. Rock oxymorons: "major label interest,"
"demo deal," "blues
genius,"  "$500 guarantee," and "Fastball's
second hit."

35. Three things that are never coming
back: gongs, headbands, and playing  slide
guitar with a beer bottle.
Rules For Bands