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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by BOOG, Feb 14, 2018.
Gotta love Mel's bass tone!
How 'bout "Paranoid"?!?!
I ran into this very clip earlier today! I don't know a whole lot about GFR, but I found "Country Road" a while back and fell in love with em. Recently posted a mediocre cover of it on YT lol. Definitely gonna lookin deeper into their catalog.
If you are woot, I just peeped it out. Nice job! I’m envious and have much growth to do. I like the way you went with it around 3:25.
Ha! Yeah, that's me. Haven't posted much in the last year and got back into it a few days ago. I certainly appreciate the feedback, man.
I learned to play bass by listening to, and copying Mel's bass lines.
Aimless Lady. Genius.
In addition to being a real pant leg blower, this number makes my socks roll up & down!!
Never saw this version
Love Mel! The bass solo on I Come Tumblin' still blows me away. To think that he was only 19 or 20 when these recordings were made.
I remember...the local DJ made a disparaging comment about Grand Funk Railroad one afternoon.
I called to call him on it.
I was 17?
He Tore Me A NEW One!
Unbeknownst to me, he had tape rolling, and played the exchange on the air.
I promised myself that if I Ever got on the air, I would Never do that to ANYone...and I never did.
What'd he say about them to make you call?
+1. That whole Closer To Home album was my intro to Mel and GFR, and to this day remains my favorite record of theirs. The thing that I especially love about "Aimless Lady" and most of the other tunes on that album is how Mel staunchily refuses to simply parrot the guitar riff 8vb, but rather he plays moving counterpoint to every line. Despite hard rock's propensity to come across as monolithic, and GFR to be perceived by the media as the poster boys for that sort of simplicity [sic], Closer To Home shows them to be a surprisingly deeper -- or at least, more interesting -- ensemble than they are given credit for.
Never thought much about GFR till about a year ago when I had to learn this song for gig.
With that and in thread, now I want to be in a GFR tribute.
What happened? Sounds like there’s a good story in there!
Great band! Flint Michigan.
McCartney got me serious about bass, Mel helped me get some chops by learning his parts
There’s an old saying amongst Teachers...’They might not remember what you said, but they Will remember how you made them feel’.
That’s the deal here...40dam5 years later I remember being pissed off over something the jock said about the simplicity or stupidity or sorry state of Grand Funk Railroad. I pick up the phone to correct his mistaken impression of The Band, and Mel in particular, and he backed 17 year old me into a musical/rhetorical corner.
No doubt, I sounded like the simple-stupid-sorry Grand Funk Fan he was trolling for.
That was mean and embarrassing enough!
The fact that he aired the ‘conversation’ (without my consent) was Meaner Still!
Knowing what I know now...it was also a fireable offense.
We Live...We Learn.
40dam5 years later...I’m still listening to The Band...and he’s still wrong...
Nothing better than a good Mel thread!!! Rock on.
I can not recall specific instances but I do know that I have experienced similar circumstances. No, not cool, at all.
As the bumper sticker says, “MEAN PEOPLE SUCK”.