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Fred Smith from Television

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by ForestThump, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    Hello everyone,
    Just wondering if anyone knows about the basses and amps he used on Television's albums as well as his current live set-up.
    I think that he is a very cool understated yet groove-oriented player.
    Any other views, opinions, info?
  2. I dont know anything about his gear, but his playing on Marquee Moon is nothing short of genius! :D I love that album.
  3. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
  4. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    His style is so stripped down that I can't tell where the influences come from.
    Any ideas?
  5. Im gonna go out on a limb and say jazz or old soul influenced him a lot. Those heavy grooves ............
  6. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    I don't really hear a jazz thing - no walking bass lines etc.
    Old soul is so vast! I listen to Booker T and the MG's which I love.
    Anything else that I should listen to that is stripped down minimalist yet groove oriented.
    I really don't care for reggae at all.

  7. Check out Paul Chambers from early Miles Davis albums...........he is simple yet genius and grooves well.
  8. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    Anyone out there know what type of gear he used on the Television albums or what his current rig consists of?
  9. RD


    Jun 17, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I believe Fred "sonic" Smith of the MC5, Television and husband of Patti Smith has passed.
  10. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

  11. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Different Fred Smith.

    Fred is very much alive, last I heard. I know Billy Ficca, drummer with TV, and jam with him and a mutual guitarist friend once in a while.
  12. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    Fred Smith from Television and Fred "Sonic" Smith from the MC5 and sadly departed husband of Patti Smith are TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE. :rollno:
  13. RD


    Jun 17, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I stand corrected.
    My first search of Fred "sonic" Smith came up with Television, the MC5 and the Sonic Rendevous Band, and the Patti Smith connection.
    Fred "sonic" Smith played a Mosrite guitar, not a Bass. Is there a connection with Johnny Ramone?
    Fred Smith of Television is indeed with the living.
    Sorry for any confusion.
  14. found this pic on a television tribute site from 2004-


    what bass is that? looks like a Harmony?

    through an aluminium-coned Hartke cab....interesting...
  15. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    Looks like some kind of Kay that I've never seen before.
    Thanks for the info.
  16. JPBass


    Aug 31, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Marquee Moon...one of the greatest albums ever.

    Hard to believe its almost 30 years ago.

    I'm glad he is still going strong.
  17. That would be a TrueTone I believe.
  18. Scott Thomas

    Scott Thomas

    Jan 11, 2005
    There was a time when I learned just about every bass part off of Marquee Moon. It's been a long time, but seeing this thread made me put it on the stereo again. OMG, all of you who have it, go to track two and que it up to 2:00 minutes into the song, just where the guitar solo starts. Just one of so many brilliant moments on the bass. The whole album is a gold mine of ideas!
  19. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    I agree, Marquee Moon is full of great ideas. Do you think he was using flatwounds?
    I love the sound he is getting.

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