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Posts posted by hiram.k.hackenbacker

  1. 13 minutes ago, Paul S said:

    No distress, Warren - just mystified why you felt the need to score points off me in public when you could have just ignored it.  Hey Ho.:(


    I don't 'throw my toys out of the pram' about songs I don't like.  As I said in my post... I often have and no doubt will continue to play sings I don't like.  Ask the chaps about 'Mr Brightside' and a smiley mask.  I have also, in past bands, played 'Walking on Sunshine' and, God help me, 'Sit Down' - both of which I dislike.  And a whole raft of others.

    But not hate.  I simply refuse to play songs I hate - a gain in level. As I recall I only ever point blank refused to play something once, long ago in band far away.  If you don't find songs you hate, that's all the better for you.  There are some I do hate.  As a general principle of Life being forced to do something I hate doing is a subject I do feel strongly about - again, as I said.   And if you find that laughable, I guess we just have different values and tolerances.


    I think you're taking this all a bit too seriously Paul, so I'll say no more on the subject.

    'Sit Down' has just been suggested by my rock covers band 🙄. My only thought on that will be (when we get together tomorrow) is that yes, let's try it (I've never played it) and see what the response is like.

    I think the only reason we don't do Mr.Brightside and Sex On Fire is that they have been done to death and even the punters are a bit 🙄 with them now. Love playing and listening to both though.

  2. 2 hours ago, Paul S said:

    @hiram.k.hackenbacker not sure how 'laughing is an appropriate response tbh.  Please explain what is so funny?


    It wasn't meant to cause any distress mate and I apologise if it did. It's just all this talk of 'hate' and throwing the toys out of the pram if asked to play something one doesn't like. I just find it ridiculous....laughable in fact.

    There are few things I actually hate in this world and none of them are pieces of music.

    It could be that I'm just lucky to be in bands that don't tie themselves up in knots over what not to do.

    I do remember having a disagreement over a song called 'Cake By The Ocean' some years ago when I was in a function band that has since folded. That had more to do with the person suggesting it than the actual song itself in all honesty. Looking back at it, I should have handled that differently, but he was the band leader and in my view looking for an easy add-on of a song that his kids liked that had (IMHO) a limited lifespan.

    Life's too short to worry about these things.

    I'm trying to think of some songs that would provoke the sort of reaction that you have described. I can't. Sure there are plenty of songs that I would question whether they would fit in the sets of the bands I'm part of, but refusing to play something that would fit doesn't really compute with me. Steve H and I regularly have a laugh every single 80's gig about 'Walking On Sunshine'. We would both drop it in a heartbeat, but it's not our call and even it was, it always goes down so well it would almost be criminal to do so. I wasn't really a fan of 'Relax' but have played it for years until it was recently replaced with 'Two Tribes' which I was over the moon about.

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  3. 5 hours ago, Newfoundfreedom said:


    I agree. I can't imagine anything more depressing than being forced to play something you hate, when you're in a band to make music for enjoyment. Why would anyone do something they don't enjoy as a hobby? 


    It's a good job you're not playing for money then as you'd get your marching orders fairly swiftly for refusing to play songs by a particular artist. I really don't understand this 'hate' of certain music. I can understand not liking artists; I think a few would agree that Liam is a bit of an acquired taste, but refusing to play any Oasis? The songs of theirs that I have played always go down very well indeed. Happy punters = happy hackenbacker. I've not played any Shadows material, but I'd to. I've mentioned elsewhere that I'm not a fan of Marc Almond, but I've played several Soft Cell songs over the years. There might be the odd occasion where I would argue the inclusion of a song wouldn't work with the band configuration or fit in with the existing set, but a refusal because you don't like it vs. everyone else being up for it? You've just got to put your big boy pants on IMHO.

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  4. 15 minutes ago, Newfoundfreedom said:

    It very much depends on the reason you're in a band. If it's financial, then I'd just get on with it. If it's just for fun and playing the songs is not fun. Then I'd reuse to play them. This was a constant bone of contention in my last band. I flatly refused to play anything by Oasis, or as the guitarist at the time was insisting, The Shadows. There has to be some kind of compromise, but there are certain songs and artists that I can't stand, and I wouldn't be willing to budge on that, unless there was money involved. Then it's just a job. 


    How utterly depressing.

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  5. 5 hours ago, Quatschmacher said:

    @hiram.k.hackenbacker, what radius did you go for?


    I’m just in the process of finalising specs with Jon for a build of my own (still need to sort radius, neck wood, pickup and body/pickguard colour).


    I didn't discuss the radius with Jon actually and looking back through our conversation, the agreed specs don't mention neck radius. 

    I guess it will be the same as the JJ Burnell Lite Precision. The spec on the Shuker site doesn't mention the radius for that model either.

    From that, I would assume it's going to be similar JJ's original Fender Precision, whatever that may be?

  6. 5 hours ago, Boodang said:

    Good point. How light, or hard, you play must be a factor, and as you say there are plenty of players out there with bent wrist technique. 

    However, as far as what could be called 'good technique', if I'm teaching a beginner, I certainly would be showing them to play with a straight wrist. 

    As someone who has issues with both hands (broke the ring finger on my plucking hand and have tendon issues in my left) I’m always conscious of the angle of my wrist in my left hand and I agree, I wouldn’t tech a bent wrist technique either. I’m not sure Andy Billups (from The Hamsters) is on here, but I’ve seen them many times before and after the issues he had and would never want to be in that position. I remember seeing him for the first time after came back and was in awe of what he was able to do with his new pick technique.


    One of the most relaxed looking bass players I’ve ever seen is Bryan Beller. He’s exactly how I wish I could feel when I gig. I wouldn’t mind be as capable as him as well 😂



  7. On 07/10/2021 at 10:21, BigAlonBass said:

    I'm a very old Bass Player, not Computer savvy at all. Not a clue how to do that, and no desire to learn, thanks. 😊

    Thank You! So simple, but I didn't change it in the first place, which I find so annoying. People take Computer Skills for granted these days, and I have a fairly short life left to live, so I don't want to waste any of it, filling the time with learning computer fripperies.  🤪


    You sound like my Dad! Do you still use cheque books as well?

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  8. 1 hour ago, NancyJohnson said:

    The difference here is more likely about PMT (plus GAK/Andertons etc) selling many different lines to the masses (and thus relying on stock photos), while Peach are dealing with small numbers and have the time to photograph their entire inventory.  Read into this what you want.  

    This definitely 👍

    To the OP - The likes of PMT/dv247 etc advertise basses available, but if you buy them they will most likely come from central warehouse stock. They don’t and probably can’t physically hold all of the models on their web site. Don’t be fooled into thinking everything is peachy (excuse the pun) at the store you’ve mentioned. I’ve seen/played some of their very expensive custom shop basses that looked lovely in their photographs. In reality, they had been on hangers in the shop for months and were dusty and not quite as appealing. They had obviously also been played a bit as well.

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  9. Brilliant Adventures Era 5 will be released on Nov 26. I know, I know, it’s expensive for what it offers but….I didn’t think I would see the day that there would be an official expanded re-release of Bowie at The Beeb recorded in 2000. The original release was just perfectly mixed, absolutely lush and to get more of it is Christmas come early for me. We still seem to be missing two tracks, Ziggy and The Jean Genie.




    The ‘Toy’ album is also being released finally. Jan 7th for that one, so a birthday anniversary release.




    There also appears to be something significant in the works for 2023.

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  10. 1 hour ago, Barking Spiders said:


    This was shown on a recent re-run of TOTP on BBC4. I forgot how cringe-making it is


    I never cared much for the original song either but this version even makes Van Halen's woeful cover look inspired.

    So, let's have more squirm inducing efforts!


    Given the reason it was made and the time it took to put the whole thing together (music and video produced the same day), I can overlook this one.

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  11. We played Fat Lil's in Witney, Oxfordshire last Friday. They've only just recently opened again due to the slow post-COVID demand. It wasn't packed, but we had a decent sized very enthusiastic crowd who seemed to be very into Bowie. The lady in black you can see dancing has a prosthetic leg and man could she throw some shapes. She knew 99% of all the lyrics too.



  12. If it makes you feel any better @Newfoundfreedom, I hate you being that guy too. Let’s not forget, disregarding the size of the profit, he’s doing what he does for money. If he was writing and (I use the term loosely) ‘building instruments’ for free/charity, I might agree with some of your sentiment, but he’s not. If persons who may not be as well informed as most of us here are looking to part with their hard earned for his goods, then honest reviews are really helpful. Also, clicking the 'helpful' button is not a review as stated above, it merely confirms that a persons review has been helpful in another prospective buyers decision making. That's what the button is there for.


    Don't even get me started on his flagrant disregard for eBay listing policies. Hopefully eBay will wake up to what he's doing and take his listings down.

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