I Never Knew That (part 73)

According to TheRichest.com …

“They’re the guys in the background. They might not be the first ones that come to mind and they might not be as popular as their band’s guitarist or vocalist but bassists are important to any band. Some double as singers and many contribute greatly to the creative process as songwriters. Bass plays a much larger role in rock than people may realize. It may not stand out as much as the drums, guitars or vocals do but bass is part of the backbone of any musical group and along with the drums make up the all-important rhythm section.

“Bassists are essential to any band’s sound. Though they may not get all the attention or credit they deserve many bassists are responsible for making songs sound whole. The deep tone of a bass prevents songs from sounding empty, something that is sometimes overlooked by fans but is key to every group’s sound none the less.”

(So now you know).


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36 Responses to I Never Knew That (part 73)

  1. Jerry Cohen says:

    Speaking of “The Loved Ones” and basslines, was the line “the butcher, the baker, and the bassline maker” from that song a sly reference to you?

  2. Mike Miller says:

    Here’s another great Who live cut from ’71, a staple of their live show in that period. A really fine version, but it’s interesting that at about 1:40, PT breaks a string or has some other malfunction and Entwhistle and Moon are left to carry on. He comes back in and it’s truly 3 guys playing solos at the same time. IMHO, they were one of the best of all time.


    • Bruce says:

      Great stuff. I can just picture Mr Townshend as the model of calm and patient forebearance as the malfunction was being addressed — NOT!

      • Mike Miller says:

        His lack of patience is on display in the “Live at Kilburn” film from ’78. Their first attempt at new footage for the “Kids are Alright”. At one point he appears to drop his pick and can’t seem to grab another. Hiwatt amp heads start flying.

      • Bruce says:

        When my band Quiver supported the Who on their 1971 tour on night I saw 6 (SIX!) Gibson SGs flying at the monitor-mixer’s head for some minor infringement.

  3. Roddy Ring says:

    “(B)ass is part of the backbone of any musical group and along with the drums make up the all-important rhythm section.”

    I seem to (vaguely) recall a few frat parties in college where I am certain the drummer would have said that I was an invertebrate who was dissembling the all-impotent rhythm section.

    • Bruce says:

      Sounds about right — when something is true in one place, you usually find it’s true nearly everywhere else.

    • Roddy Ring says:

      And to all those Frat brothers who were disappointed with my performance, you get what you paid for and/or that’s what you get when all you have for refreshment is grain punch.

  4. Mike Miller says:

    I think the bass player in this band fits that description exactly:


    • Mike Miller says:

      And, he must use 8 to 10 fingers most of the time. I can do 6 pretty good.

      • Bruce says:

        How about bottleneck bass?

      • Bruce says:

        A dangerous instrument in the wrong hands 🙂

      • Bruce says:

        Great clip, Roddy. Thanks for that.

      • Roddy Ring says:

        He’s a damned good PSG player, though I haven’t many points of reference for his pedal steel bass playing. I am familiar with the guy because I recently took up the pedal steel guitar. Apparently I hadn’t been getting sufficient musical frustration in my life, so I decided to take on that confounded contraption which is akin to playing a ten stringed fretless bass, with two strings out of sequence, while riding a unicyle, balancing plates on my head. I bought it from Tommy Kessler, Blondie’s current lead guitarist and a pretty good one at that. The fact that he had given up on the thing might have been a hint. It’s like having a harp, every now and then I pluck the strings to hear how nice it sounds and then put it away before I’m tempted to torch it.

      • Bruce says:

        You paint a vivid and accurate picture, my friend. I was going to say it’s like trying to play a Chapman stick and ride a unicycle. I mean it is possible to eat spaghetti standing on your head in a hammock, but the question is always, “Why would you want to make life so difficult?”

      • Roddy Ring says:

        Because those of use affected (afflicted) by the muse (to varying degrees of success) will run our fingers over rasps for hours, days, weeks and months just to squeeze out a sweet note or two.
        Emmit (?) Chapman, I wonder how many death threats that sadistic MFer has received.
        Kidding of course, I’m sure he’s as loved in the “Stick” circles as Bigsby, Jackson, Emmons etal are in the PSG world. And a world of more dedicated musical eggheads you’ll never meet.

      • Mike Miller says:

        I was set free when I finally tossed my golf clubs in the dumpster.

  5. Mike Miller says:

    It is Friday after all…..BTW, I am actively seeking help.


  6. Brian Mckeeman says:

    I remember sitting in my dads Ford Cortina in the early 80’s listening to the track ‘The loved Ones’ At that point I had no idea what a bass line was (I was 7) I just remember thinking…….I like that sound……..Still do 😉

    I miss busy bass lines in modern music 🙁

  7. BorisBrain says:

    As the late great Graham Chapman might have said…

    “A wheel? Luxury!

    “All we ‘ad was a bingo machine behind a septic tank, an’ our singer would beat us all to death before mekkin’ us play Mustang Sally…”

  8. BorisBrain says:

    [Mr Brain, stage left, at the back, in the shadows]:

    I demand a pay rise!!


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