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I'm off work with the plague at the moment and very much enjoying having my feet up watching Minder, The Professionals and The Sweeney.

I think it's The Professionals which has some nice little bass-noodles running through the scenes, or the bit of slap in Minder.

Do any members know who played the bass on the theme tunes?

 

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4 minutes ago, Billy Apple said:

I'm off work with the plague at the moment and very much enjoying having my feet up watching Minder, The Professionals and The Sweeney.

I think it's The Professionals which has some nice little bass-noodles running through the scenes, or the bit of slap in Minder.

Do any members know who played the bass on the theme tunes?

 

No but I do know who acted in it, who wrote the feem tune, who sang the feem tune...

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Fully agree, those 3 are great theme tunes - just go duh duh-duh to anyone of a certain age and they know it’s The Professionals. Even seeing a Ford Capri makes me hum the theme tune with a daft smile on my face.

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The sweeney had some interesting bass parts backing up scenes and setting the mood. Especially when they were following someone, they usually had some nice bass 

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Theme to 'The New Avengers'.

The brass, then the snare...and then, oh God....that bass.

Nod. Your. Head.

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15 minutes ago, ahpook said:

Theme to 'The New Avengers'.

The brass, then the snare...and then, oh God....that bass.

Nod. Your. Head.

Not 'alf Mate!

 

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There was a small piece of time when my little band were considering playing this over the pa this just before we started, just to get folks attention.  Then we decided it would rather pretentious nonsense for the Dog and Duck.  Love the tune, though. 

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So many theme tunes of my yoof had amazing bass lines. I used to listen in admiration every Saturday evening. 

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The themes to The Professionals and The New Avengers were written by Laurie Johnson. Both seemed to have good bass presence so i reckon he had to have tinkered on the bass at some point to have it that far up in the mix.

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2 minutes ago, tauzero said:

Crossroads...

In my little band we went through a phase of playing a couple of choons that benefitted from the use of a 12 string.  Without bloody fail, because it is so funny, guitarist would play the start of that once he'd slung it on.   

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14 minutes ago, oZZma said:

I think Doctor Who had the most beautiful TV opening ever

 

https://youtu.be/YN7pCuNtO6Q

The current version just isn't anywhere near as good. I'd like that original version cleaned up and reused. But that's just my opinion.

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2 hours ago, Delberthot said:

I think it was Mo Foster on the Minder theme

"One of Foster's most memorable bass lines was in the theme tune to the late-70s UK TV show 'Minder' starring Dennis Waterman. The tune, 'I Can Be So Good For You' started out life as a track on Waterman's solo album, it was then re-jigged as the show's theme tune. He achieved the atypical bass sound by using an unusual bass slap technique on an aluminium Kramer 650B bass guitar."

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4 minutes ago, tauzero said:

The current version just isn't anywhere near as good. I'd like that original version cleaned up and reused. But that's just my opinion.

I agree 😉

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2 hours ago, lowdown said:

"One of Foster's most memorable bass lines was in the theme tune to the late-70s UK TV show 'Minder' starring Dennis Waterman. The tune, 'I Can Be So Good For You' started out life as a track on Waterman's solo album, it was then re-jigged as the show's theme tune. He achieved the atypical bass sound by using an unusual bass slap technique on an aluminium Kramer 650B bass guitar."

The terrific fretless line on Bergerac was the work of Mr Foster also.

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2 hours ago, lowdown said:

"One of Foster's most memorable bass lines was in the theme tune to the late-70s UK TV show 'Minder' starring Dennis Waterman. The tune, 'I Can Be So Good For You' started out life as a track on Waterman's solo album, it was then re-jigged as the show's theme tune. He achieved the atypical bass sound by using an unusual bass slap technique on an aluminium Kramer 650B bass guitar."

At one of the Bassist magazines bass days at ACM in Guildford Mo explained how he actually did the slap part. Apparently he couldn't slap but they managed to work out how to get that sound. A very entertaining talk.

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I used to enjoy listening to the snippet of Nantucket Sleigh Ride by Mountain on Weekend World. This was before I knew who Mountain were coz I'd have been about 8 at the time.. When I heard the whole song some years later and it got to the Weekend World bit I was chuffed to bits and bought the album. Their other stuff was pants though. Still love that song!

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1 minute ago, mr zed said:

Nantucket Sleigh Ride by Mountain on Weekend World

I cannot separate that tune from the sound and image of Brian Walden

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7 hours ago, Paul S said:

@hiram.k.hackenbacker has encyclopedic knowledge of such stuff.  Warren to the bridge!

Encyclopaedic might be going a little too far, but yes, I'm a fan. 

Yes, Mo for Minder. I believe the performance was credited to Dennis Waterman and the Dennis Waterman Band. 

I think Laurie Johnson was responsible for writing the theme to The Professionals as well as other themes mentioned here, including The Avengers & The New Avengers. Playerwise would be whoever was in his Big Band at the given time.

The Sweeney I think was a Harry South composition. Again could be whoever was playing for him at the time.

I many versions of them all. I'll have a look through and see if I can glean anything from liner notes.

 

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