Author Archives: Bruce

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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Stop the Clock

A  quick improvisation with the other bass.

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Forgive my vanity and indulgence here, but I was forced to LOL (as they say) when I read the comments on a guitar tab for Crimes of Paris (a poignant title, to be sure) on the guitaretab.com website… “The tough thing about Crimes of Paris (as in many EC songs) is that he’s actually only playing five chords on the guitar, but the changes in the bass notes and the vocals are what you really hear. So, if you play … Continue reading

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Needle in a Haystack

One of my practice songs – the Velevelettes Needle in a Haystack, from when I was knee-high to a grasshopper — before the days of quantizing and ‘drop-ins’ we had to play in time – after a cold shower and a 10-mile run, of course.

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