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Bass Tabs

An increasing number of people keep asking if there’s a book of  tablature or scores of my bass parts. It’s a project I tried to get underway a while ago with a guy called Paul Wolfe. The problem is that once you attach the parts in any way to the chord structure or lyrics of the song in question, copyright issues become involved, and EC’s music publishers Hal Leonard basically made the entire project non-viable. There is a certain amount … Continue reading

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A band!!

I haven’t seen this shot since it was first taken. In Tokyo we all went out and bought matching Japanese school blazers because they look so much like the jackets The Beatles wore at Shea Stadium.

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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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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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