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The Outpost Cafe / Re: And There You Have It
« on: October 19, 2017, 01:20:22 PM »
I fail to understand Radiohead  :rolleyes: and my entrails are devoured by jealousy and incomprehension at the inordinate, even obscene success of Led Zep over DP with

- a le(a)den, dragging drummer,

- a bassist you couldn't hear very well (and when he played keyboards, he didn't even wear a cape, stab the keys with a knife or tip the Hammond over),

- a terrible lyricist oooh-awing all over the place with nothing relevant, much less witty to say plus

- a sloppy lead guitarist with way too many suspended chords grating with my German-anal-retentive sense of musical order (it's either major or minor, jawohl!).

Let's not even start how they were never produced by Martin Birch and how Page's production sounds weird and all indirect, cavernous echo-y to me. I guess that hides inaccurate playing better. :-X

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

My son, when he's trying to be (very) mean to me (his Page impressions are much better than his Blackmore ones), says that I simply don't hear the sex in Led Zep's music while DP is devoid of that and simply just cerebral and well-executed, but lacks "mojo". And the he adds that I play too many thirds when playing bass and if he made a bass for me he'd take the thirds out on the fretboard! :mrgreen:

Radiohead is neither cerebral nor sexy to me. Not a lot of thirds either. Useless really.

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: And There You Have It
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:27:38 AM »
Admittedly, I have serious issues with Radiohead, it's elevator music for manic depressives to me, so I like this a lot better than anything I have heard by Radiohead yet.

The best thing I can say about Radiohead is that they are at least not Led Zeppelin.  :mrgreen:

I'm probably being grossly unfair, but I have made several attempts with Yorke & Co., and everytime their music does nothing to me (I have several of their albums, also their legendary ones), it does so little, I don't even find it offensive, it just puts me to sleep.  :bored:

I did/do like the unorthodox chord change in Creep (from a major chord to a major third step chord, but that played in major again and not - as the laws of harmony would have it - in minor), but they swiped that (by their own admission) off Albert Hammond's The Air That I Breathe. And that is a song whose chorus always sweeps me away.  :gay:

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Other Bass Brands / Re: Rare Alembic...?
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:18:45 AM »
I've seen Fyffe once with the Temperance Movement, and he rocked a violin bass for 90% of the set, swapping it out with a '70s P bass for a couple of tunes maximum. He's a grand player, but he wasn't driving the bus like the guys in Deep Purple do.

What a great description "but he wasn't driving the bus like the guys in Deep Purple do", that sums it up perfectly.

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Gibson Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Thunderbirds
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:58:37 AM »
Always liked both the REO bassist and their lead guitarist. They sounded organic.

That Live album broke them in Germany too. Guitarists were in awe of that one extended guitar solo that  is on there.

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Gibson Basses / Re: Uwe! Six string RD Artist bass
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:55:18 AM »
Loss of decorum on this forum? No, we discuss asstronomy.

Coming tomorrow evening

 :o But Dave, body hygiene isn't only for weekends! (You can get the man out of the 50ies, but you can't get the 50ies out of the man ...)


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The Outpost Cafe / Re: And There You Have It
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:45:13 AM »
That's a very helpful remark.  :mrgreen:

OMG, they are three young people riding the country pop wagon, worse crimes have happened. Do they really have less credibility than Suzi Quatro, The Runaways, Pat Benatar or The Bangles? Is their music more artificial than Lynn Anderson's?

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Other Bass Brands / Re: Rare Alembic...?
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:24:31 AM »
Glover seems to be exceedingly happy with his - he's been playing Vigier longer than all the other brands he dabbled with combined (H√∂fner, Fender, Rickenbacker, B.C. Rich, EBMM, Hondo, Peavey, Gibson, Ovation, Steinberg). The Vigier does what it says on the tin ("high end boutique bass"): Provide a hi-fi'sh, if not exactly individualistic clean and assertive tone that is very well heard in a live setting without getting into the way of either Morse's highly processed guitar sounds or Don Airey's keyboard armada. Glover has a set of producer's ears, hence he views the bass sound as something that comes in for the left-overs after all other instruments are happy.  ;D

That is not to say that the importance of his sound and playing should be underestimated for DP: When I saw DP a few years ago and Roger had a fresh knee operation, the guy from The Temperance Movement (Nick Fyffe) depped for him and although Nick is a fine player (as you would expect from someone who replaced Stuart Zender within Jamiroquai), DP didn't sound the same that night. Fyffe is a finger player and behind the beat, Roger a pick player (live by sonic necessity he says, not by choice, he prefers to play with his fingers) with what I would call a "relaxed urgency" sense of timing (not frantic). Purple was sputtering on three cylinders at that gig as opposed to firing on all four - the whole performance lacked the typical DP "swingin' drive". It was very interesting to hear for an old fan like me (MK II gigs without Roger are a rare thing) and it really altered my perception of Roger's importance to the DP sound (I knew he was important for all other things relating to the band).

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Other Bass Brands / Re: Holy Crap...! never knew one existed...?
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:06:41 AM »
Got me there!  :mrgreen: In that case Steven Tyler has to do it.


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The Outpost Cafe / Re: And There You Have It
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:24:18 AM »
I guess I'm just no purist. I remember discussions a few years back that Avril Lavigne wasn't really rock, but pop, that Garth Brooks wasn't really country, that Johnny Cash's Rick Rubin ouevre wasn't really country anymore or discussions here that if Ten Years After play a blues it's not really blues because Alvin Lee was some limey and not born in a shack in Mississippi, that Glenn Hughes or Mothers Finest were too funk to be credibly rock (or the other way around), that Joe Bonamassa is too squeaky clean to be a blues guitarist. I'd like to think that if you had, say, time machined the Ten Years After line up around the time they played Woodstock into a Cotton Club of the 30ies and given them period-correct instruments for an ad hoc gig, that they would have then sure raised a few sceptic black eyebrows at first, but won the audience over in the end.

That only music from a certain point in time and a certain place is pure, credible and the real thing is to me a notion similar to the love for vintage (and only those) instruments. There is a whole bunch of feelings attached to that type of nostalgia that have very little to do with music.


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Other Bass Brands / Re: De Gier Lowlander
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:23:30 PM »

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Suzi does another Chinn-Chapman song that got misplaced in the mail and should have most likely gone to their other proteges ... Smokie! I can just hear Chris Norman sing it.




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The Outpost Cafe / Re: And There You Have It
« on: October 18, 2017, 02:51:06 PM »
Sounds like a Status Quo song! That can never be bad.



Rossi loves country and always tried to sneak influences in - his whole overt penchant for major chords and major scale solos is country'ish ...




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Other Bass Brands / Re: De Gier Lowlander
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:58:26 PM »
Ok, so Alan likes his holes upfront, not down below, horses for courses.

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Gibson Basses / Re: Uwe! Six string RD Artist bass
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:55:50 PM »
2019?

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: And There You Have It
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:55:09 PM »
Ah yes, the old adage, if everybody takes care of himself, everyone is taken care of.  8)

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