Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor. Soon they're out of a job, as well as their lodgings when the landlady finds out they've been fired. The boys try their luck at being street musicians, but the tiffs they get into with each other soon spread to passersby in general, until the street is filled with men pulling each other's pants off.
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Did You Know?
Filmed at the start of 1928 Stan and Ollies characters had now come into their own and story ideas began flowing. Early in January one of the gag men had seen some musicians performing in a park bandstand and mentioned it to Stan and soon they were filming what was called 'The Music Blasters' which was changed to the title we know just before its release. It was filmed almost in sequence in 10 days with the shin kicking and pants tearing sequence taking 2 days. Due to an existing still it's known that one gag was filmed and then dropped. This featured an elderly lady about to give some money to the Boys who are street musicians but pulls a face at hearing their 'music' and turns away. The gag where Stan loosens the top of the salt and pepper shakers was reused in The Hoosegow a year later. Ham Kinsley who was billed as a musician was also Stan's stand in. See more
In the course of the escalating tiff on the street between Stan and Ollie, there are multiple instances of Ollie punching Stan in the stomach, followed by Stan kicking Ollie in the shins. After a few of these, tactics are changed to ripping handkerchiefs, removing or shredding ties, etc. After the latter takes place, the handkerchief and tie is seen lying on the ground. But then, a couple of shots are inserted of more stomach punching and shin kicking, which were actually shot earlier and show the boys' ties and handkerchiefs still intact. See more