Best awkward compliment you've gotten

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by VeryTallBassist, Apr 15, 2024.

  1. VeryTallBassist

    VeryTallBassist Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2022
    My drummer this weekend, talking about a new bass I picked up a couple of rehearsals ago: "Man, I love the sound of that bass. When you play it right, it sits so perfectly in the mix!" :roflmao::roflmao:
  2. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    You're pretty good, for an old guy!
    Craig22221, tindrum, kobass and 19 others like this.
  3. MuseChaser


    Sep 17, 2023
    Central NYS
    A female member of the audience, after a gig on Friday, told a friend of mine who was leading our band, "You look really handsome.... I didn't recognize you."
    richntiff, kobass, Bassdirty and 21 others like this.
  4. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I’ve heard “you’re better than I thought” and “I’d probably listen to you if I wasn’t drunk”. That’s my favorite
    Craig22221, kobass, Nashrakh and 24 others like this.
  5. "Your tone is pretty good for a short scale bass" :rollno:
  6. Five or Six

    Five or Six

    Jun 21, 2022
    West Michigan
    Your a helluva bass player but, the rest of your band.....meh.
    Craig22221, tindrum, kobass and 15 others like this.
  7. sokolasty


    Dec 11, 2006
    Wroclaw, Poland
    You focus on bass, you play it better than you sing
  8. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    "Have you lost weight? Your face does not look so fat."
  9. jim nolte

    jim nolte

    Oct 26, 2006
    A long long time ago I was in a band that was playing mostly original music, we did do some covers but most of the our songs were written by us, at the end of one gig three different people came up to us and said we sounded just like Rush, the awkward part was none of us had heard of Rush so we didn’t know what really to say except thanks assuming it was a compliment.
  10. slagheap


    Dec 23, 2011
    SF studio engineer upon hearing playback: " Sounds a lot better than I thought it would. "
  11. Discount Bassy

    Discount Bassy Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2020
    Right Here.
    I was once told by a patron that I was a brick wall. I was confused and asked if it was because, at the time, I stood motionless when performing and was the one member of a dance band not shuffling about, usually stuck blocking some employee entrance, watching for a door to blast open and hit me unexpectedly...again.

    It turned out that the compliment was meant to express that I was foundational to our band and holding things together well.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2024
  12. bigthemat


    Jan 25, 2008
    Salt Lake City
    ooh I have a few... these are not verbatim quotes but you get the idea:

    "thanks not not having sh!tty bass tone" at a recording session. A lot of the bands there are metal bands where he gets a lot of aggressive, not so good tone

    "he's a great bass player, but he couldn't cut it on trumpet" - from the MD of a show choir/band in college. I auditioned a couple years prior on trumpet but I'm not a screamer so didn't get it, but nailed the audition on bass. He was trying to compliment my bass playing but like, dude, trumpet was my main instrument college, I just wasn't a jazzer haha

    "you guys are so good, and you're totally sexy AF, for real" um. ok thanks drunk lady.. and at the same bar:

    "you guys are so good, seriously, like, sploosh sploosh" no comment

    to the guitarist: "wow you're amazing man, seriously like when you play it sounds like.... SEVEN guitars" then turns like he's breaking the fourth wall on a documentary tv show, "you just KNOW he's gettin some"

    "heyyy mr sax man!!" me: "I play bass" him: "ohh, cool" as he walks off uninterested

    "you finally learned to play less" ouch, but he had a point.

    someone threw a cigarette at me while playing... I'm not sure if that was some kind of compliment or tip, but, they were happy and liked my playing I guess? Someone also threw a quarter at me as a tip. *** man

    After the gig we stopped at the gas station for some drinks and snacks for the ride home, someone that was at the gig happened to be there. "wow you guys were so good... so, um... do you guys need another guitar player? I've been playing for like a year now..." uhhhhh....
    Nashrakh, Whale guy, Winton and 4 others like this.
  13. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    From 3-4 bands I've filled in with: Wow you're a lot better than we expected.

    I guess that is a compliment but what were they expecting?
  14. Topkat13

    Topkat13 Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Uh..hey man...I like your hair.
  15. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    In late 2022 I started playing through an adult band camp in downtown Philly. Some players had real gig experience, and some were beginners. My band was a mix. After our first show, which was the first show for the camp as a whole, the owner (an old friend) said, "Wow, you guys were actually good!" His shock was obvious.

    He knew I had played in bands, but I don't think he realized that one of our guitarists had played professionally. Aston Barrett actually recorded a track with the dude's previous band.
    VeryTallBassist and CryingBass like this.
  16. Eli_Kyiv


    Apr 7, 2020
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    I know this have been there more than once, but still my favorite:
    "Of all the bands I ever heard, yours is definitely one of them".
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  17. You hang out with Henny Youngman and Freddy Roman?
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  18. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    "You're pretty good for a bass player"
    moosiqpipl, KellyC, kobass and 7 others like this.
  19. Marmots


    Mar 12, 2023
    The few times I've been in an opener for Scandinavian bands has shown me those people are masters of this craft. Examples include:
    "Very loud!"
    "Good movement around stage"
    "You could be good very soon"
    "Skinny Lemmy! Very skinny!"

    MARVIN MECKLER Suspended

    Apr 14, 2024
    "You sound good for playing a Rickenbacker.
    I always thought they sounded like 'Maneater'".

    I still don't understand that one, but I remember it from 31 years ago.