Monthly Archives: August 2011

Now That’s What I Call Bass!

Here’s a page to dip into — a selection of great bass lines spanning almost fifty years of popular music — with clips to view of them captured on record, video or in early performance.  Though many of them are ‘old’ they’re still relevant and well worth watching.  All of them had some influence on me. But not only have they influenced me — and that’s why I begin with Evelyn King / ‘Shame’ from 1978.  Then hear how it was deconstructed to … Continue reading

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Folk Tale

There’s an Armenian folk tale that tells of a man who had a bass guitar with only one string, which he used to play for hours on end — always holding his finger in the same place.  For seven years his wife put up with this note in the patient expectation that her husband would die of boredom. But since that never happened, one evening she  remarked gently, ‘I’ve noticed on Bruce Thomas’s videos that this wonderful instrument has four strings, … Continue reading

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