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brad smith of blind melon

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by steviecsg, Apr 16, 2004.


  1. steviecsg

    steviecsg

    Aug 16, 2002
    you gotta check this guy out,
    his bass lines are so funky and well thought of.

    does anyone know what his gear and playing style is?
    does he play with a pick?

    on the blind album bee girl sleeve, hes playing a fender jazz and a jazz special (aka duff mckagan).
     
  2. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    He playes a Jazz,P, and a Tele bass with his digets....


    Great band! Great singer..... huge loss. Get all their stuff....
     
  3. steviecsg

    steviecsg

    Aug 16, 2002
    i have all 3 BM albums

    he used a jazz on the first one rite?
     
  4. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    Not sure about the recordings, but there was something in BP back in like 96' that had some info on him.
     
  5. sloppysubs

    sloppysubs

    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    blind melon is and was a great band. brad smith is an excellent bass player. he played jazz basses mostly, never seen him with a p-bass. he may have a tele bass, not sure and then he played some kind of hollowbody gibson bass and a standup bass for acoustic stuff. he used to have trace elliot amps and cabs, then got ampeg gear. he used some kind of distortion and he plays both plec and fingers. get their dvd letter from a porcupine, some very good shots of him and his gear.
     
  6. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston

    He also played in Unified Theory after the passing of Shannon. They made one album, excellent by the way. After that he wrote and recorded for his band, Abandon Jalopy.

    Blind Melon was a huge influence on my expansion of my musical ear. Great, great band. I can't say enough about them.
     
  7. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    {bows out, the above cats are much more versed in the melon}
     
  8. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    They were a HELL of a band - totally agree with you guys about Melon and about Brad Smith.

    I prefer their first CD, personally. His tone and lines are great. Get some bootlegs of their shows if you can.
     
  9. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    BM does "No Rain" on the SNL 25 Years Of Music 5-DVD set.
    That is one tune I keep re-visiting whenever I feel the urge to pop this set in.

    On this DVD, Smith is playing a natural wood Jazz w/ no pickguard. He's playing with his fingers near the bridge.
    I was impressed with BM in that they seemed to be a throwback to the '60s/early '70s Hippie-Era of jamming...a lost art, IMO.

    It's also eerie listening/watching Hoon do his thing on this performance.
    I guess he was serious when he said "My life is pretty lame" & "Escape...we all need one".
     
  10. Great to hear some Blind Melon shouts out there. I thought they were a long forgotten band. I couldn't hear enough of Soup when it came out. Brads playing was so funky and tight. Well thought out lines. Our band used to cover 2x4 at my suggestion and at first the other guys were saying stuff like "Not that Bee girl thing!" but when they listened to the album they really appreciated it and got on board with the idea. I gotta dig through my old tapes now...........
     
  11. steviecsg

    steviecsg

    Aug 16, 2002
    for some reason his tone was more in your face in the first album. trebly if you would say, almost slap like. check out 'tones of home' and 'time' (the last song)...if i might assume, those songs were played with a pick?

    ive checked out the nico album, it has videos of him playing jazz basses on dear ol dad and no rain.

    my favorite BM song is 'changes' which is also one of my all time favorite songs.
     
  12. sloppysubs

    sloppysubs

    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    ive got all the albums and id say soup id probably my favorite. but the dvd is best...good stuff. they are all so talented its crazy. and yea we do need more bands like that.
     
  13. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
    not to sidetrack, but i popped "Blind Melon" back in and I also forgotten how much I love the guitarists. I remember hearing them warm up when they were Unified Theory and just hearing them jam. It was so amazing to hear how well they played with each other, complimenting each other instead of trying to draw attention and the skill...wow...such versatility throughout the whole band.

    Below is probably the most comprehensive and my FAVORITE Blind Melon web site, it has more than you'll expect.
    http://www.blindmelon.org

    "And as we all play parts of tomorrow,
    some ways will work and other ways we’ll play
    But I know we all can’t stay here forever,
    so I want to write my words on the face of today and then they’ll paint it..."
     
  14. pigpen02

    pigpen02

    Mar 24, 2002
    what a great band, glad to see they're not forgotten. i'll admit to hating melon for the whole bee girl thing, but once i got soup from a friend, it was all over. hoon's passing was indeed a tragedy.
     
  15. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
    Well, Unified Theory was a different front. Without Shannon you can't rightly carry on anything like Blind Melon. It just wouldn't be right. There are some great tracks on there and they took me some getting used to, just like Blind Melon did when I first heard them. "Not Dead" and "Cessna" are two great songs from that album.
     
  16. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Spector, Regenerate Guitar Works, Tech 21 NYC
    i think unified theory were a great band. i got to see them live 3 times and that really sealed the deal for me. chris shinn is an amazing singer.

    in unified theory brad favored a gibson lespaul recording bass. he used an ampeg svt 4 pro and a custom loaded 8x10 cab.
     
  17. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I think one of the things that made Melon so likeable was the fact that they were able to appeal to jam-heads and "alternative" (the term used at the time) music fans alike. Their sound was very organic and they possessed the spirit of some of the better jam-oriented bands, but they never went full blown into a "spacey" or noodly jam, choosing instead to keep things tight, even during the solos. Maybe you could say that they did more with a 3 minute jam than a lot of bands do with a 15-minute jam.
     
  18. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I'll have to check them out. I just never really liked No Rain.