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  1. When I first picked up a Bass back in 83 I promised my self that I would learn Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke, well after a 35 years abstinence ,I was still promising myself I would learn Sir Duke, and so after 3 or 4 years I still haven't managed to learn Sir Duke.? any tips anyone.
  2. Had a mate Called Paco, he use to swear by that Eau de Toilet spray he used to use. I could never understand why someone would want to smell like a toilet but there go ,horses for courses.
  3. Moderator? Can we rename this thread. .thus ..See how many famous acts that came from Birmingham can we name ...I'll start you off ..Black Sabbath.
  4. Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music[3][4] that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States.[5] With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock,[6] heavy metal bands developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and loudness. The lyrics and performances are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.[6] In 1968, three of the genre's most famous pioneers, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, were founded.[7] Though they came to attract wide audiences, they were often derided by critics. Several American bands modified heavy metal into more accessible forms during the 1970s: the raw, sleazy sound and shock rock of Alice Cooper and Kiss; the blues-rooted rock of Aerosmith; and the flashy guitar leads and wild party rock of Van Halen.[8] During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence,[9][10] while Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. By the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads" or "headbangers". During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with groups such as Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. Underground scenes produced an array of more aggressive styles: thrash metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, while other extreme subgenres such as death metal and black metal remain subcultural phenomena. Since the mid-1990s, popular styles have expanded the definition of the genre. These include groove metal and nu metal, the latter of which often incorporates elements of grunge and hip hop. Sorry for the cut and paste, this should clear things up a tad. and this
  5. It seems to me that posters are comparing todays definitions of what was made up as Heavy Metal back in the early seventies to todays so called Heavy Metal. I don't know your ages ,but i can vouch for Deep Purple definitely being described as an Heavy Metal band back then. The term "Heavy Metal" was coined in the West Midlands due mainly to bands like Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest., so Toni Iommi, Rob Halford of Judas Priest modelled their playing styles on the industrial factories who were churning out Metal castings and pressings that were exported all over the industrialised world, Hence the term Heavy Metal being coined Their inspiration came from this fact.
  6. Uk hit in 81 if my memeory serves right from my Romeo and Juliets days in Derby.Floor filla at that time.
  7. It certainly is that my freind.
  8. Right thats it ,im in the market for a p bass,Flat wounds??
  9. And this,?Takes me right back to the good old days of 1981.
  10. Use to play with a Ska band who were all Motor mechanics, we called ourselves Bad Spanners.
  11. Anyone who thinks the Beatles are no longer in Vogue because of the lack of radio airplay,should take a trip to the fine city of Liverpool,and you will inevitably notice the long queue outside the Beatles Story and other Beatles related attractions the place is buzzing (before Covid),with mostly Americans looking for nostalgia.Most Radio stations have a playlist committee who tend to be from the more younger demographic,who ultimately answer to the producer, who has the final say oh and by the way, there are plenty of the younger Gens in that queue.
  12. Having seen the Police on a few occasions,for me the tone that Sting conjured up during the early days was music to my ears,and was one of the reasons why i first picked up a Bass back in 81 after seeing them at the Spa Hall Bridlington ,classic it was.
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