Leigh Gorman of Bow Wow Wow

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  1. Corvette Kid

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    Anyone out there a fan of Leigh Gorman or the band Bow Wow Wow? He is one of the most talented and underated bassists of all time. The album: When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Gets Going and The Best of Bow Wow Wow are great examples of his work. I worked with him on the movie: Desperate But Not Serious and he was a really cool guy. His slapping, strumming and frantic fingerstyle work is nearly untouchable. Anyways, check out his stuff.
  2. The Mock Turtle Regulator

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    "go wild in the country" has some mad bass playing on it- the bass taking more of a guitar role.
    sounds like he was using a pick on that.
    some early adam & the ants had similar bass- I had a look at his profile-
    http://www.xtrememusician.com/info/artists/profiles/1633.html
    some interesting info about the production and remix work he's done.
  3. parrott

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    IMO there's a lot of really good bass playing in music from around that time - the whole "new wave" thing really opened things up for bassplayers.
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  6. zuma

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    Have you guys heard this???

    http://www.myspace.com/bowwowwow

    It's currently a Smith's cover that features some NICE bass. I always loved his playing and that incredible mashed up-distorted sound he does so well. Enjoy!
  7. Ricketboy

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    Here's my contribution to a 9 year old thread. I just bought my dream Wal and I love it for the Leigh Gorman tone. I love his playing on tracks such as See Jungle (Jungle Boy) for it's rhythm or the frantic and melodic Quiver. I'd be stoked if he googled himself and read this thread. I think Bow Wow Wow were a pretty cool band. Props to all the band members and RIP to Matthew Ashman.
  8. chef wong

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    If you listen to Leigh Gorman on the original Adam and the Ants stuff(which isn't so great imo)...then listen to Bow Wow Wow, you realize just how fast this guy learned how to play bass. He's awesome.
  9. nofrets5

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    The man needs to be more well known! Incredible player, tasty and can rip. Underrated...I feel he's just too under the radar.
  10. zuma

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    Yes to this!

    I recommend "Wild in the Country" if you want to be impressed.
  11. ERIC31

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    Big fan of Leigh Gorman and Bow Wow Wow! Funky bass all over the place.

    One thing I noticed is that between the LP vinyl pressings and CD releases of their older material, there are different mixes. It's awesome!

    Mickey Put It Down (on the See Jungle LP/CD) is an extra funky track that not lots of people have heard. One of my favorites. =)
  12. Zoomie

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    He has been a favorite of mine for years. I have always been amazed that I have yet to meet a single bass player who even had a clue about Leigh.

    The guy owns 16ths.

    My all time favorite for the runs.

    Go Wild In The Country.

  13. Stormer

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    Prince of darkness....now thats impressive bass playing.
  14. ERIC31

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    :bassist::D
  15. Stormer

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    I love playing the bass line to this song...its a good warm up tune.



    even if the lyrical content is a bit dodgy!!
  16. ERIC31

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    Here's a super funky track that Leigh dominates!
  17. zuma

    zuma Supporting Member

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    Leigh is at the top of my list of bassists I'd like to take lessons from. His Flamenco style, those arpegiatted 16ths, and his great tone are all things I want to experience with my own eyes.

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