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  • Birthday 13/03/1962

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  1. I have been in both originals and covers bands - but mostly the latter. Although I enjoyed creating my own bass lines in the originals bands, what I didn’t get along with was all the boring, non-musical stuff that creeps in such as promoting the band, long gaps between gigs and paying to play far-away venues in a vain attempt to raise the band’s profile because no-one local books originals bands. So playing other people’s music is where it’s firmly at for me. And it’s just bass in my case, as I don’t do vocals; which allows me the undiluted pleasure of fully immersing myself in the huge and superb range of bass-lines that so many much more talented people than me have created. What’s not to like?
  2. I agree with the original post here. But I must add that I also only play pub/club gigs and frankly; taking £2k or more of bass exotica to some of those joints would scare me silly or at least feel like overkill. So each of my 5 basses is worth under £1,000 and most of them hugely under it. They are all good quality basses - but just not bass-bling. If I was a pro bassist, I’d probably have a completely different view.
  3. A drummer with a fan pointed at him who always played too hard, with the result that on fast songs he would soon get tired, causing the tempo to get slower and slower, ending up as a ballad. It also meant bits would often work loose and fall off his kit. At one gig a cymbal hit the deck, only missing the mains lead to my amp by a couple of cm. That was the final straw for me - I resigned the morning after that gig.
  4. Alright Now has been done to death of course, but audiences still seem to love it - even in a band I was in where the drummer insisted on playing something more at home in “Firestarter” (The Prodigy) than the song the rest of the band were trying to play. 😳 edit: actually, I see Alright Now did get a mention in a previous post - but it does strangely still seem to go down well, despite being mandatory on pretty much every rock compilation cd ever released.
  5. After being in a string of bands more or less continuously since 2008, I’ve been bandless since June 2019. My last project was a tribute+covers band I started, but I reluctantly had to end it after having to reject around 25 gig offers due to the onset of persistent unavailability of a couple of the 5 band members due to them hooking up with other projects. We had an in-demand but somewhat specialised selection of songs so deps weren’t a realistic option and having experienced a number of commitment related setbacks on our journey I no longer had the energy to yet again replace the 2 unavailable members and carry on. The saga left me disappointed and even a little bitter at the selfish actions of the 2 members making an otherwise very successful project untenable, but I’ve been doing this long enough to know that this is unfortunately par for the course in bands. Creating my own music doesn’t inspire me - I only enjoy playing other people’s music and gigging is the endgame of that for me. So for the past months I’ve been doing a lot of that in my home practice, playing along to songs I’ve never bothered with before and my improvisation skills have progressed in leaps and bounds as a result. I’ve been doing almost daily checks on Joinmyband too on the off chance that a project comes along that interests me. Nothing yet, but that’s been a blessing as I’ve been extra busy in my day job lately. So the home practice continues on my own terms and I intend to do a “bassist available” ad if nothing has come along by April.
  6. At nearly 57, gigging is still where it’s at for me. Rather, my problem seems to be in finding enough other people who genuinely love to gig and don’t join a band only to then throw up a constant stream of obstacles and excuses that prevent the band from accepting gig bookings.😯
  7. I’ve never liked the aesthetic of headless basses - no matter what the benefits may be, so even though I’ve had an Ibanez SR600 since 2010, an Ibanez acoustic bass and have frequent bouts of GAS for their BTB basses; that’s unlikely to be enough to lure me towards checking out this new headless range - even though the finishes and features admittedly look so good.🤔
  8. For the last few years I’ve got into the habit of vetting prospective gig bookings from venues I’m unfamiliar with for ease of nearby parking using Google Street View. If parking is too far away or non-existent, or the locality looks dodgy, I’ll reject the gig, as the stress and jumping through hoops involved invariably just isn’t worth it.
  9. During a tenure with an originals band I played gigs at 3 different venues within Manchester’s Northern quarter. I remain astonished that this part of the city has managed to amass a reputation for live music, where some iconic bands cut their teeth, given that parking close to any of the venues to unload or reload gear was so difficult. In fact, it was this combined with once having to stump up around £16 to park in a multi-storey for the evening that was the final straw in my decision to ditch the notion of originals bands in favour of local covers bands and the comparative luxury of free car-parking right outside the Dog and Duck etc.
  10. To me, lyrics in a song are secondary. I can honestly say that there is no song I have ever liked mostly because of its lyrics. There are even plenty of songs that are great musically that are actually spoiled by their lyrics. If I want words I'll read a book, or watch a movie. My enjoyment of music mostly comes from the melody, musical hooks and sounds within a song. I enjoy instrumental music of various genres too and don't find myself missing the lack of lyrics.
  11. And let's not forget Dougie Thomson's great, but rarely mentioned bass playing with Supertramp....😊
  12. 1. There must be an angel - Eurythmics 2. The tide is high - Blondie 3. The Winner takes it all - Abba It's probably no coincidence that these 3 songs still get a load of radio airplay, which may suggest that the great British public still love them. If so, this is something I cannot begin to comprehend. When any of these songs are played, I immediately change channel. It's not that they hold any meaning or connection for me, its purely on a musical or tonal level I find them intensely irritating. Worse still, all 3 of the above artistes have far better songs in their repertoire (imho) that get little or no airplay.
  13. Agreed. There's more to Journey than the now ubiquitous "Don't Stop Believing". "Stone in Love" is a case in point bass-wise.
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