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Famous Flubs

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jul 20, 2002.


  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    This has probably been done before but I haven't seen it. I was listening to a 70's tape yesterday and noticed some major mistakes that bass players made in the recordings. I'll post them as soon as I remember where they were. Wanted to start a thread of all bass blunders that you know about. I'll start with one of the most famous....

    Noel Redding - the end of "Fire" during the fade he mistakedly goes back into a verse. He wanted to fix it but they liked it and convinced him to leave it in. I either saw him talk about that in a video, or read it in a bass magazine.

    McCartney's got lots of em I know, can't quote any at the moment though....

    Come on, rat everyone out!
     
  2. This isn't a bass flub, but it's a comping flub behind a Jaco solo so it should be close enough. On the last chorus of Jaco's solo on "Used to Be a Cha-cha," you can notice that Herbie Hancock isn't comping. I heard that that was actually a mistake on Herbie's part. But it sounds cool as hell with just the bass and drums!
     
  3. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    I think that Noel flubbing Fire sounds really cool.

    If you listen closley to the beginning of Bob's Party Time Lounge by Primus, during the part when Les is playing the chords, you can here in one part that he lets off the strings just a tad bit (like when your hand gets tired) that the string isn't completely pressed against the fretboard, and he gets that real abrasive, quick dying sound of the string.
     
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I don't know about famous, but Gary Thain makes a flub in Uriah Heep's "Stealin'" (their one radio hit in the U.S.). IIRC, it's in the outro, he goes to the finale too early but corrects himself after one note.
     
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Also, you can catch a few flubs by Entwistle on "Live at Leeds". A couple examples: he misses the first V chord in "Can't Explain", and hits an open A instead of D in "Summertime Blues". But really, it's a freakin' live album... and even Ox' flubs are cool.
     
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  6. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    I've mentioned this one before-

    Miles Davis' Tribute To Jack Johnson, the first cut...John McLaughlin kicks off the jam with a boogie in "E". Bassist Michael Henderson follows along with an R&B-ish figure.
    At about 2:08(?), McLaughlin modulates to "Bb"...Henderson misses it & stays in "E"!
    Miles does not cut the take but allows it to proceed.
    Eventually, Miles blows a "C#/Db" on his horn & nudges Henserson into "Bb".
    Freakin' genius! ;)
     
  7. Sting sitting on a piano during the recording of Roxanne and then laughing about it (a couple of seconds into the song). Also you'll notice that the guitar part sounds out of tune at the beginning and then becomes in tune, meaning that the tape was probably sped up.
     
  8. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Which is it? C# or Db?

    The Ben Folds Five recording of "Steven's Last Night in Town." Before the outro, Ben sings, "Cause everyone knows know that every night now will be -" then a phone rings. They left the ringing phone in because they thought it sounded cool, but truly, it was just a ringing phone that was caught on tape.
     
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  9. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    At the every end of the 45 single of the Gap Band's "Burn Rubber On Me", the song fades out, and there's some weird drunk sounding guy rambling on about his music over a nice funky beat, and he says, "Where my horn parts at?", and then he start mouthing the horn sounds, then it ends abruptly with him screaming, "Miami, Miami, Miami!". To this day, I'm not sure if it was accidental or not.
     
  10. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    this isn't a bass flub but i got a laugh out of it, i was listening to Sublime-self titled album and during one of the songs (i don't remember what one) he gets the hiccups and i guess they just left it in
     
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Shoot... what's the Led Zeppelin song... at the end of the song you can hear a hummmm and Robert Plant laughing and saying "No, leave it, yeah". The album was recorded in a small house in the countryside (Wales), and the buzz was an airplane... they'd just had a good take and decided to leave it in.

    Dang, it's been too long since I've listened to Zep. :oops:
     
  12. Really. I've listened to this song many times, and never even noticed that before. I'm going to have to pull this CD out again.
     
  13. I think I know which one you're thinking of. I can't think of the name, but I think it's on "Houses of the Holy", one of the acoustic songs.
     
  14. I was looking for a similar thread and dug this one up on google. So, for the sake of throw back Thursday, here's a revived Zombie thread for y'all!
    Here's one I recently noticed. Omaha, by Waylon Jennings. It's around 1:27 and the bassist makes a great recovery.
     
  15. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Black Country Woman from Physical Graffiti.

     
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  16. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    The Allman Brothers, Out Way Out at 3:18. It was live...does that count?

     
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  17. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Reno/Tahoe
    On the Beatles "Please Please Me", John flubs one of the lyrics.
    He sings the next c'mon with a bit of a chuckle.
     
  18. Every Jimmy Page solo? I kid, I kid.
     
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  19. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    During the quiet part of Every Picture Tells A Story Rod the Mod comes in a tad early and sings "lo........look how wrong you can be...."
     
  20. PMagers

    PMagers Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Philly, Philadelphia
    The Kingmen, Louie Louie - following the guitar solo, the singer starts the third verse a couple of measures early, bails, then hits it again. Also, So Lonely, during the guitar solo, Sting fumbles the fourth time through the bass progression (on the album cut, not on the shortened radio version).