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Prince fires his bassist.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Duce-hands, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Duce-hands


    Nov 4, 2010
    I just read a story that Prince fired his bassist for not knowing enough of his 150 songs. 150 songs! How much it's to much?
  2. Jefff

    Jefff Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2013
    If you are working any job, no matter what it is, shouldn't you know it?
  3. modulusman

    modulusman Banned

    Jan 18, 2004
    I probably know at least 300 songs. If you are in the big leagues playing with a major star you probably don't have a day job. You could spend all day wood shedding to learn the artists catalog.
  4. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    Our "list" is about 400.
    If an audience member or the folks we're playing for request a song and 3 of 5 of us know it....we're doing it. I would have to agree with Prince's move. In the regular workplace, not knowing something your employer requires you to know is incompetence and can have the same results.
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  6. Mrzonehead


    Jan 3, 2013
    +1 for Prince.

    I've heard a story of a young player getting a gig with a big named act and he had two weeks to learn over 85 songs...it's called being a pro...and that's why they get payed really well to do those gigs. 150 songs doesn't seem unreasonable at that level.
  7. I wish I could remember that many songs. My brain is like a very small hard drive. It can only hold so much data and for every new song an old song gets deleted.
  8. Topspin

    Topspin What's my name again?

    Dec 15, 2010
    I played Tom Sawyer with a pick once. Shame on me.
    Prince is a total prick, but I'm with him on this one. You had one job, bass player...
  9. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    If I get a job like that I'll make damn sure I know(or learn as quickly as possible) the entire catalogue.
    Thumps up to Prince on this one.(not knowing anything else on what might have gone on behind the scene)
  10. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Link? Who was it?

    I have a terrible memory. But playing full time for Prince, and for Princely money, I believe i would have those songs memorized. Or I would deserve to be fired.
  11. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    I once learned 30 songs in a week for a new band while working full time. If I was in Prince's or any other professional musician's band, I would learn their entire catalogue.
  12. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    Isn't Ida Funkhauser his current bassist? To be honest, he's got so many songs, it's hard to try and know them all! That's insane! But if he had a list of 150, I'd learn them. Gotta be specific though.
  13. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
  14. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I found a link, he said he fired an unnamed male bassist because Ida learned 150 songs to get the job and the old bassist couldn't.
  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Would you post the link?
    It's interesting to read some details rather than relying on assumptions exclusively :)
  16. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
  17. Eric66


    Sep 23, 2013
    At home
    Where can I find the job application form?
  18. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    Funny how some folks on that site think it's Rhonda Smith! Wasn't she in the band for almost 10 years??? I believe it to be Josh Dunham who's wife plays drums for Prince' other jam band! Honestly, it really doesn't matter. The stigma of being fired by Prince says a lot in itself.
  19. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester Supporting Member

    My brain can be like a sieve, but if it took learning 150 songs to play full time with Prince, it seem like the thing to do. I'm not even close to professional, but I have more than 100 songs I can play without much prompting.
  20. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    its a short list of players who would be hired be prince in the first place much less getting fired
  21. eban3


    Apr 29, 2007
    Fairfield Ct
    150 songs , if your a working professional bassist should be easy if your playing them regularly or even semi regularly

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