Any Charlie Tumahai (Be Bop Deluxe) fans out there?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by loendmaestro, Feb 8, 2013.


  1. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

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    I've been on a huge Be Bop Deluxe kick lately. Bill Nelson's guitar genius is so wonderful & obvious, but does anybody have any love for Charlie Tumahai? He's pretty phenomenal. He's on all the records except Axe Victim. Great lines that really complement some already fantastic songs & some terrific backing vocals as well. A standout cut for me is "Autosexual", some pretty amazing jazzy chord work in that one.

    Anybody else dig his stuff?
  2. FatherG

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    Yep. I was fortunate enough to see them a few times in concert in my wayward yute.
  3. Vince Klortho

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    I like him a lot. I have a BBD live album that is really good and I saw them open up for Golden Earring in the 70s. Greart show !
  4. funkarama

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    Great bass player who certainly added to the Be Bop Deluxe sound. Saw him live with Be Bop Deluxe o few times in the 1970s. One occasion in a big sports hall playing to about 50 people!
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  6. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

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    I checked them out after Bill Nelson was featured in Classic Rock: Prog a while back. Picked up the Sunburst Finish album. Good stuff! Sometimes kind of wonky, but a real refreshing change of pace.
  7. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    Oh, yeah! In fact, I'm glad that somebody finally started a thread about Charlie.

    I caught a BBD show at Ferris College in Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1978. It was their tour for the Drastic Plastic album. Loved the material, loved the show! :cool:

    Not only did Charlie play really interesting, quirky, eccentric bass parts that were ultra-tight, but he also combined musicianship with a sort of simultaneous "choreography", which consisted of a series of little dance moves that he performed back and forth across the front of the stage while playing the bass, i.e. jumps, straddles, heel clicks, strides, poses, etc. etc. - all timed to synchronize perfectly with the rhythm of the music.

    Most impressive. And most entertaining as well.

    Methinks that Charlie really, really enjoyed performing. And it showed. :cool:

    MM
  8. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

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    And he died far too young.

    Glad to see there are some fellow bassists that appreciate his talent!
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  10. hrodbert696

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  11. diptixon

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    Great band, great bassist... might be the FIRST guy I ever saw with a Spector NS bass, around '78 I think...

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