Author Archives: Bruce

The Distractions!

I was recently alerted to San Diego tribute band, The Distractions. My only advice to them is to make sure the bass player has no literary ambitions – otherwise he’ll be out on his ear. (And to get himself a Profile Bass 🙂

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Uber Rock Interview

I’ve recently done an interview for the online magazine Uber Rock. Visitors to this blog and readers of Rough Notes will be familiar with some of the material. But there’s always an opportunity for a new joke or a bad pun…  

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A new cover for Rough Notes for 2016… “After the ‘lone star’ incident, the lighting man and I got together so that whenever we played Deep Dark Truthful Mirror — and Elvis got to the line ‘the sky was just a purple bruise’ — a beam would cut vertically through the darkness to illuminate me for a second or two, and I would stand there behind him, gazing over at him with a winning smile — a purple Bruce. I … Continue reading

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Misheard Lyrics

For years I thought that the opening line of Desmond Dekker’s The Israelites was “Wake up in the morning, baked beans for breakfast.” (It’s actually, Wake up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir.”) People sometimes ask me what some of EC’s lyrics actually are. One person simply could not decipher a line from The Beat. Until I set them straight, “My neighbour’s revving up his Vauxhall Viva” had been, “My neighbour’s had enough to piss a boxhall baby.” A surreal image indeed. … Continue reading

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Apparently, this has turned up in the Dubai Hard Rock Café. I only ever used it for posing on TV and bought it because it looked so cool. I got it off a guy who lived in a trailer in St, Pete, Florida for 180 bucks. I think Jack Bruce used one on the Cream revival shows in 2005.

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Hmmm — not the neatest bass mod. you’ll ever see….

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Caption Competiton

Here’s my entry folks…   Keith to Brian: “Did you hear about the bass player who was so depressed about his bad timing he threw himself behind a train?”

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Profile Bass: review

The upcoming issue of Bass Guitar magazine has a review of the Profile bass… here are a few excerpts… Bruce Thomas was known in the middle years of his career for playing a salmon-pink Fender Precision, but this splendid instrument – responsible for many of his best bass parts – was pinched by some callous swine in the 1980s. In that instrument’s continued absence, Thomas has got together with Barry Moorhouse of the Bass Centre to create a bass that … Continue reading

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