Lazy

Album: Machine Head (1972)

Songfacts®:

  • Most definitely not to be confused with the Irving Berlin standard of the same name, this album track is actually quite an uptempo number. Although basically a blues-based ego trip for lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and keyboard wizard Jon Lord, vocalist Ian Gillan also chips in on harmonica.

    The song's most noticeable feature is its riff, the words are largely superfluous:

    You're lazy, just stay in bed
    You're lazy, just stay in bed
    You don't want no money
    You don't want no bread
  • "Lazy" was co-written by all five members of Deep Purple Mark II (ie Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice); group compositions being a trademark of this particular lineup.

    The studio version runs to 7 minutes 23 seconds and was recorded for the Machine Head sessions at Montreaux, Switzerland in December 1971. Being a track that lends readily to improvisation - as well as the aforementioned ego tripping - on stage it would often be spun out for considerably longer. A quarter of a century after it was released, Ritchie Blackmore's "Lazy" guitar solo was voted #75 of all time by a readers' poll for Guitar World magazine. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • The story of recording the Machine Head album is told on the track "Smoke On The Water." When the band decamped to Montreaux, they were set to record the album at the casino there, which also served as a concert hall, but it burned down the day after they got there. They had the Rolling Stones' mobile unit with them to record, so instead of recording at the casino, they parked it at their hotel and record there. It took them about two weeks to complete the album.

Comments: 2

  • Ricky from Killie, United KingdomRitchie has said in interviews that the main riff for Lazy was influenced by Clapton's version of Steppin' Out. Clapton recorded a version with the Bluesbreakers on the Beano album and later with Cream which is more likely where Ritchie heard it (Purple supported Cream in '68).
  • Joe from Grants Pass, OrBlackmores' solo was much more than blues, as anyone of you out there may know or realize...
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