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Bassists Who Don't Need Another Interview

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I recently saw where Marcus Miller was being interviewed in the UK Bass Guitar magazine, and my first thought was "what does he have left to say?" Although I did not buy the magazine, I took a peak at the interview, and it actually interesting. Still, reading another Marcus Miller interview after having followed him for thirty years is low on my to do list. I feel the same way after hearing that Geddy Lee in on the cover of the new Bass Player.
  2. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    It's not for the old fans, it's for the new ones.
  3. Thunder_Fingers


    Jun 24, 2004
    New Rush album = Geddy Lee on cover, he havent spoken to much about this one yet.. They develop as players just like the rest of us.
  4. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Aaaaaand it would have had even more value if you had paid for the mag , just like
    music .
    Oh well, such is the psychology of today .
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    So you have never browsed on a magazine rack without buying anything? As for Marcus Miller and Geddy Lee, I have bought more than my share of their music since 1980.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Oh I know. That is why sometimes I just browse a bit and move on.
  7. Emilym80


    Sep 15, 2011
    Yeah... Miller, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, Flea... They've all had more than their fair share of interviews. Still, their playing style (particularly Flea and Geddy) has virtually changed with each album so it makes sense that they're interviewed so regularly.
  8. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    It's the nature of magazines. Pick any specialist subject, subscribe to a magazine for a couple of years, and you'll soon find you've read most of what can be written. Then maybe come back to in in ten years to see if anything's changed. :)
  9. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    I don't think Les Claypool should have another interview unless the interviewer is willing to ask interesting questions. Every time, it's just "Tell us the story of the Metallica audition" and "You're weird. Why are you so weird?"

    I want someone to ask him where the hell Tommy The Cat came from. It's one of his most difficult songs, yet it shows up on Suck On This and predates the somewhat easier tunes of Frizzle Fry...how in the hell do you have Tommy The Cat in your back pocket from the get-go?
  10. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    You a closet Rush fan Doc? :eek:
  11. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    - Geddy Lee (flame shield up now). I grew up idolizing the guy like everyone else and I've got no problem with him personally, but at this point, I'd much rather just listen to his playing than read what he has to say on topics he's been asked about ad nauseum for the last 30 years already. When you're as good as he is, you can't really explain how or why you're that good... it's just part of who you are.

    - Also, Anthony Jackson & Carol Kaye (two sides of the same coin, IMO). Amazing players both but their attitudes just really rub me the wrong way.

    As a corollary, I would also propose the following bassists who really should have been interviewed more over the years as their perspectives could really be valuable to young (and old) bassists out there in the trenches today:

    - John Deacon
    - John McVie
    - Joe Osborn
    - Mike Mills - this one puzzles me in particular. REM were arguably one of the biggest bands in the world for a stretch there, yet I can't recall ever reading a single in-depth interview with the guy
  12. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I'd be interested in reading an interview with John McVie for sure.

    As an aside, there is a video on Netflix about the making of the Rumors album that is pretty good.
  13. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    It could be quantity v quality. A lot of interviews just plain suck.
  14. davec

    davec Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 4, 2006
    bartlett illinois
    Owner; Cody Electric Basses
    It's not the interviewee or the interviewer, It's me! I'm just tired of reading them. Other than the recording process of the new Rush album I've read it all before (It is for the new fan / unfan), I was really looking forward to a good obit for Duck, something that talked about how he got started on Bass, maybe a little bit about the man away from bass guitar. One page not much content.
  15. T-MOST

    T-MOST Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC

    I'm always interested to hear what "some" folks have to say. Marcus is one of them. He's probably talking about the release of his new CD Renaissance. Which I just picked up a few days ago. It's funky as hell. I definately reccommend it to any Bassist. :bassist:
  16. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Depends on who you like and how much you like them. Many people just have a voracious appetite for their heroes, and magazines know it. I'm not so much on that bandwagon anymore, because whatever Marcus or anyone else has to say about bass playing has little effect on what I do. I can't be them. That job is taken.

    Since interviews with players these days are largely commercially driven (promoting a new product), I take them the same as car commercials: semi-interesting background noise, soon forgotten. After all, the subject is never going to say "I don't like it; it's not what I set out to do", even if he doesn't and didn't, so they are very predictable in content and flow.

    In interviews, I'd rather hear personal anecdotes than speeches about playing or characterizations of the hot new product du jour. When personal testimony starts blurring into product puffery, I just tune out. I get particularly sad when a hero turns out to be just a jerk with a great talent.
  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I'm not in the closet. I like Rush, and I love Geddy Lee.:cool:
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The coolest thing Marcus talked about, IMO, was aging, and his stretching routine before slapping. He also talked about how some musicians get stuck on what they did at 25 while some continue to be creative deep into old age.

    I guess I will probably end up buying that issue although Bass Guitar is dang near $12 a pop in the USA!:help:
  19. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis

  20. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    When I get a chance, I would like to add a few more to this list, but I would love to see a new bass oriented interview of Fred Hammond because he is such an amazing player.

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