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Examples of Upright in Pop Music

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by bdengler, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. bdengler


    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    I would appreciate if anyone could recommend some examples of recorded music in which the upright bass (or electric upright) is used in modern pop or rock music. Nora Jones may be a good example. I play upright or electric upright in church and I'd like to hear how some modern upright players perform their bass lines. Many thanks.

  2. Beth Orton's first record had a lot of upright. That Silly band from Canada, Barenaked Ladies, has lots of upright. Cake as well.

    But what kinda pop do you mean? Kiddie pop, or stuff like I mention above?
  3. bdengler


    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    Stuff like you mentioned above. :D Thanks, Brian
  4. JohnThomasson


    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Supro, Mesa Boogie, DR Strings, Source Audio, Pigtronix, & Fishman
    Others are G-Love and Special Sauce, Soul Coffin and Jump Little Children. I've played upright on several popish records. Nothing to write home about, but more examples of it used in rock. The major label ones I've done should be easy to find and they are:
    David Garza "This Euphoria"
    Juliana Hatfield "Beautiful Creature"

    I know there are lots of other examples but its late and im too tired to remember.
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    A classic: The Cure - Love Cats (can't verify it - at least it sounds like they used an upright)
  6. JohnThomasson


    Feb 3, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Supro, Mesa Boogie, DR Strings, Source Audio, Pigtronix, & Fishman
    I forgot to mention Van Morrison "Astral Weeks" Richard Davis is on that record.
  7. The Living End
  8. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    The Police "Every Breath You Take" and the live performance of "Walking on the Moon" on the Synchronicity video.
  9. bootsaco


    Sep 8, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Once Blue-ben street on bass, rebecca martin-larry grenadier on bass. tony scherr with sex mob is pretty groovin too, but not necesarily pop.
  10. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Rickie Lee Jones had Charlie Haden on one of her albums. I think the title was "Pop". I remember that it had a yellow cover.
  11. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    John Lietham, Paul Nowicki, Richard Davis all with Rickie Lee Jones
    Larry Taylor, Greg Cohen with Tom Waits
    Roy Huskey Jr with Emmylou Harris (plus everyone else in country)
    Tony Garnier with Bob Dylan
    Danny Thompson with Billy Bragg
    Danny Thompson with Richard Thompson
    Danny Thompson, Eberhard Weber with Kate Bush
  12. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Very close; it's "Pop Pop".

    Good album, too.
  13. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Tony Levin plays a bit of EUB on the stuff he plays with Peter Gabriel. Soul Coughing was all URB (with effects at times even).
  14. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Thanks, mje. Yeah..I liked it alot, Jenny.
  15. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Idn't that Paul Nowinski?
    Nice guy, buddy of Jeff Bollbach's.
  16. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Patrick O'Hearn did some phenomenal DB work with Frank Zappa, particularly on "Sleep Dirt".
  17. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Jamerson on several hits. "Baby Love" "Heat-Wave" and John Lee Hooker's "Boom, Boom"
  18. Scot

    Scot Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Pacifica, CA, USA
    I figured he was just using DB for the video. It doesn't sound like a DB to me.

  19. mister_k


    Jul 27, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Cue the "All the world hates a bass solo" quote.
  20. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Interesting that you said modern, but the vast majority of the examples given are from 80s bands - that was 20 years ago - does it still count as "modern"?

    If you're talking strictly modern "pop" - then it's almost exclusively programmed...:meh:

    But there is a sense in which Jazz is becoming the new pop!! ;)

    So at a lot of the pop/rock festivals this year, there have been Jazz or at least "Jazzier artists....

    How about Jamie Cullum - Jazz/Swing/Pop crossover ? - with the wonderful Geoff Gascoyne on Double Bass - definitely a good player, who is out there now, doing it on DB - not 20 years ago! ;)

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