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20 Things You Didn't Know John Paul Jones Did

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Richland123, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  2. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    Watch the video from Jon Stewart of him performing skotoseme with diamanda galas. That album they did hhad amazing grooves on it. Her performance is a bit hard to take, but if you can focus on the bass and drums it's worth it.
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  3. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
    Very interesting, I didnt know all those guys played on Beck's Bolero.

    Here is the instrumental he cut in 1964.
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  4. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    You know, when I was young (in the '70s) I read a blurb in Guitar Player about how Zep was the worlds' first "super group" - that all the guys had been established artists BEFORE they got together. I didn't know what JPJ did prior to zep - so this is pretty cool.

    And no, I'm not a huge JPJ fan - nothing against him, but that group really was all about John Bonham and Robert Plant. IMHO.
  5. Savage_Dreams


    Jan 8, 2007
    i remember seeing that performance when it aired. quite a mix for me of "wow" and "huh?"!
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    From recent readings, LZ was almost a supergroup of Entwistle-Moon-Page-Plant.
    Back in the early '70s, JPJ was "my guy" (his style seemed more attainable than, say, Jack Bruce or Entwistle).
    I would say LZ was more about Page/Plant...based on my Circus magazine subscription. :)
    One particular issue, though...Page did call JPJ "the real musical genius of the band".
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  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Sorry, but everybody in that band pulled their weight; time after time JPJ has been referred to as LZ's MVP. With a rhythm section any less stellar than he and Bonzo, Page and Plant would have crashed like, well, a lead balloon.
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  8. What?!

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  9. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Just expressing my opinion.
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  10. You'd almost need to have a disdain for guitar players not to mention Jimmy Page, when you're talking about who the group was really all about.

    I'm just saying that Jimmy & John both contributed at least as much as Bonham & Plant.
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  11. TerenceE

    TerenceE Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2015
    Whole damn band rocked. I'd happily see them any chance I got.
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  12. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Except for the last two, I knew all those things already.....:smug:
  13. That reference really dates those of us that remember Circus.
  14. Signed with King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp's DGM label in 1999 and released two solo albums.
    After waiting for a number of years to see if Page or Plant might call him up and ask him whether he would like to join them out on the road, Jones decided to move on and try his hand as a solo artist. When it came time to find a label, however, the options appeared limited, so he reached out to King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, who had just started his own company: Discipline Global Mobile or DGM. "Robert and I shared managers at one point," Jones recalled. "I asked what Robert was doing. He said that Robert had this record company and it had this great ethic, you know, where the artist had total artistic control ... and they retained ownership of their music, which is pretty rare in the music industry, and there were no contracts, which is also nice. I just liked the whole idea — it's very artist friendly, not artist-hostile or even artist-dangerous, like some places!" Ultimately, Jones put out two albums under the Discipline umbrella, Zooma in 1999 and The Thunderchief in 2002. The former actually featured Jones' boss Fripp playing guitar on the song "Leafy Meadows."

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  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...yeah, thanks. :)
    It was the **** back in '72-'75 (for me).
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  16. Me too, in the podunk town I grew up in I grabbed anything that looked musical Circus, Down Beat, Guitar Player and Rolling Stone.
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  18. grouse789

    grouse789 Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Westchester NY
    Wow, talk about me living under a rock. The opening riff on "Zooma" is amazing!
  19. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
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  20. Xanadu_2112


    Dec 28, 2015
    All I have to say is Led Zeppelin wouldn't have been Led Zeppelin without Page Plant Jones or Bonham. You can't have Zeppelin without any of the four.

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