"Everyday People".....

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ZenG, Feb 21, 2014.


  1. ZenG

    ZenG

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    Does this song by Sly & The Family Stone hold the world record for a pop song with the least number of actual note changes played by a bassist?

    Always liked the song....but I think he hits that same note through the entire song........

    Now that I think about it I can't recall another song that does this........and sound so good.....
  2. JimK

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    It's not the amount of note(s)…it's how the note(s) is played.

    The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" has a minimum of Bass notes.
  3. ZenG

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    Yes....I get that "how" the notes are played is important...thank you very much.

    I just can't recall any songs that rely on one note all the way through and still the song actually sounds quite varied in content.
  4. JimK

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    It's cool …check out The Turtles' "Me About You".
    IIRC, bassist Jim Pons plays "1" continuous note.
  5. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

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    Yep, it's reeeeeaaal steady.:D Which is particular funny since it's Larry Graham on the bass. One of my old bands covered this (one of the few covers we did) and I changed the line up, throwing in a good bit of slapping like latter-day Larry might (though I will never have 1/10th of his skills).
  6. Freekmagnet

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    Although it is an amazingly executed single-note groove, I think that Larry Graham adds a tasty fuzz bass lick or two in the overdubs. I haven't listened to that track in a while, so I may be wrong about that.
  7. Roscoe East

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    About 15 or 20 years ago I played in an 8-piece horn-loaded funk band that did a ton of old school R&B/funk/soul covers. At my initial audition the first tune they called was Sly's "Everyday People". After I got the gig the bandleader admitted to me "We did that on purpose; you'd be amazed at how many bassists couldn't get past that first number with us."
  8. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive Supporting Member

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    It makes the bassline to "Some Kind of Wonderful" look practically proggy in contrast.
  9. ZenG

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    Larry Graham rocks.........

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