“Bird” the movie & the Stingray bass!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by design, Feb 12, 2021.


  1. I enjoyed the 1988 movie “Bird” when I first saw it. A portrait of the jazz great Charlie Parker, directed by Clint Eastwood. But when I rewatched it recently I realised the early ‘50s R&B band seen backing “Buster Franklin” include a 1987 Stingray bass and a Charvel Jackson pointy guitar!

    Why, Clint, Why?! The horror!
    I hope at least that the players got to keep their new instruments!
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  3. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Whoops! :D
     
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  4. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    It’s as excruciating as seeing Gary Busey with a Telecaster in “The Buddy Holly Story”. But producers/continuity/prop people have gotten better in the last 30 years. I know a guy named Jim Elyea; he owns a prop house named History For Hire, History For Hire and not only does he own one of the largest collections of Vox amplifiers(in fact he wrote a deeply detailed history on the brand, I contributed some specs/details about my ‘66 AC-30), but he posseses a wide variety of other gear. When called on, he makes sure that everything that goes out is period or situationally correct, even fictional bands. In “That Thing You Do”, the Wonders work their way up from Danelectros and Silvertone Amps to Fenders, just like a real band of that time period would, for example.
     
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  5. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Wow..seen it & own it. Missed this!
    Technical advisor was...who?!?!
     
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  6. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That means something to a select few people. Same people who noticed the different Strats and knockoff Strat types in the epic musical docudrama Wayne’s World. Like they had body double Strats!

    But I’d be willing to bet Parker wouldn’t have cared. Same way Jaco wouldn’t have cared what kit Erskine played.
     
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  7. tito0515

    tito0515

    Aug 21, 2008
    Marty McFly’s red Gibson wasn’t period correct either.
     
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  8. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    At the party at the Draper's party in Mad Men the gear was accurate! Actually the show's props and fashions etc. were period accurate.

    The Wedding Singer amps? All wrong. Unless you used a DeLorean to cart gear. :)
     
  9. for years, there's been internet rumors of '87 Rays & Charvels traveling back & forth through time. they usually go in pairs like this.
     
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  10. What Hollywood movies often have historical inaccuracies! Tell me it isn't so....;)
     
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  11. Mistakes in movies always bug those closest to the subject matter. This one bugs musicians.

    If you served in the military it's tough to watch many war films because of all the stupid mistakes which are so obvious to those who served.

    I imagine it's the same for medical dramas, cop films, etc.

    But sometimes it's fun to pick these things out, especially if they are in the background and go unnoticed for a long time; it's like finding an Easter Egg. Maybe it's a rotten egg, but still.
     
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  12. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Try watching Braveheart as a Scotsman. Oi vey!
     
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  13. tgrant

    tgrant Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2005
    Middletown, VA
    If you ever get a chance, read a book called "confessions of a vintage guitar dealer" by Norman Harris (of Norman's Rare Guitars). He talks about movies in one of the chapters. Pretty interesting stuff. I borrowed a copy from my local library.
     
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  15. One of my favorite bits of the show. When my son was a baby, that exact recording of the song would quiet him down when he was crying.
     
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  16. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Vocal Master!

    Thanks for posting!
     
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  17. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Complete with authentic feedback because the columns were in back, behind where the mic is.
     
  18. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    There's a movie about the Osmonds that (at least in the microphone placement department) is a total trainwreck - OK, I may be one of the few who would notice, but whoever was doing props for that film had no clue.

    My wife watches a lot of Hallmark movies, and one recent one had a guitar, bass, and drums as the band at a party. Neither the guitar or bass was audible, but there was a piano that was clearly audible (but not present visually).
     
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  19. You sure she wasn’t watching a livestream of the last time I was on bass guitar at church? :D:laugh::roflmao::rolleyes::cautious::unsure::bored::thumbsdown::banghead::crying:
     
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