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What does "greasy" mean in terms of music

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MrMeacham, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. MrMeacham


    Nov 5, 2006
    I tired to find the answer on the net. I've seen Grease bands, ads for rock n greasy blues and even articles discussing greasy licks. I'm not sure I understand what it means.

    Does it mean playing up and down the neck?

    If you know what it means and have some examples fire away. Much appreciated.
  2. GigJones


    Jun 10, 2009
    I always took “grease” to mean embellishments: slurs, hammer-ons, pull-offs, etc.

    I could be wrong though.
  3. The bass player for Stevie Ray Vaughn was greasy. The bass player for Bonnie Raitt is greasy. It's a feel.
  4. MeLikeDaLowNote


    Sep 22, 2012
    Not so sure about what "greasy" means but Tommy Shannon is an absolute legend IMHO. If that's greasy, lube me up.
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  6. Kinda like the same context as funky or jazzy, kinda hard to pin down exactly, but when you hear it, you know it. To me "greasy" in this context means playing that is really down & dirty or gritty, if you will.
  7. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
  8. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    My first band in high school was a "grease band" Sha Na Na knockoff called Buddy Weiser and the Hops. But, to me, a "greasy" feel is more phrasing than Brylcreme. It is more a matter of waiting for the backbeat and (for me) slurring the m-M3rd in the lines.

    Here is my amateurish attempt at it. It is a feel that fits certain tunes more than others.

    IMO. There are surely better examples.
  9. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Good stuff. You're absolutely carrying that along.
  10. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Go to YouTube.
    Search for Betty Davis' "If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up".

    Repeat as necessary.
  11. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    Ask Frank Zappa.. He'll tell you what it really means..

    "keep it greasy, so it goes down easy..."
  12. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    Greasy is slick, smooth, sweet, and sexy.
  13. MrMeacham


    Nov 5, 2006
    that Betty Davis stuff is awesome. Kind of funky, dirty, slippery and crispy all at the same time.
  14. Trying to explain this is like trying to explain that a Tele would sound punchy-as-hell playing a bass line.
  15. UncleFluffy

    UncleFluffy Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    Speaking purely personally, the first thing that "greasy" brings to mind is the three original Stooges albums.
  16. Nightlyraider


    Sep 30, 2009
    If any band were to be cited, it would have to be Joe Cocker and The Grease Band
  17. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Glad you enjoyed it and I hoped it helped answer your question.
  18. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Check out The Meters, George Porter Jr. has it goin' on nice an thick!
  19. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Grease=slick=smooth yet somehow is still lowdown and dirty.
  20. I always thought it was slow and funky.

  21. AnchorHoy


    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey

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