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Early records you played along to incessantly.

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by TheControlled, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. JMJ - I'm aware that you've spoke in detail about your influences here already, however I'm interested to know if there were any particular records that you simply could not wait to play along to when you were a young developing player.

    One of my favorite bands here in Australia is playing their last show tonight after 18 years, 4 EPs and 7 albums. Their first few records had perfectly timed releases for when I was a keen teenager and just wanted to play bass ALL THE TIME. I would wake up in the morning, listen to those records, go to school and set up in the music department and play along to those records, go to band practice after school and try and play those songs as a band, and then go home and play along some more until my parents would crack a wobbly! I miss the feeling of simply playing bass and learning music being THAT exciting, and still to this day, I notice my writing and playing is still heavily defined by those pieces of music. The mighty Drop D is a fantastic tuning as a young keen learner.

    Were there any particular albums or recordings that grabbed you in such a way?
  2. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    There were so many. Mostly music of the era, like Tears for Fears, U2, Talking Heads, stuff like that. I'd play endlessly to those.
  3. Day tripper. In junior high I played Day Tripper 5 times a day, every day, for three years. Then in high school I couldn't stop playing Strangle Hold. Today I would take my kids to a doctor if they has such a fixation.
  4. Ahh that's rad. Would have been pretty special to be around and getting into music when supreme awesomeness like The Joshua Tree was released. Adam's P tone on Bullet The Blue Sky is really what made me take notice of what a good P and playing simply to serve a song can do for music.
  5. Tears For Fears - Put the album on and play along. Still do when I just want that familiar feeling. Sigh ...