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Hit me with your rhythm stick.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by BawanaRik, Jul 21, 2012.


  1. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Ian Dury and the Blockheads. One of the most under rated bands going. How did he get that bass?

    Punk, like Disco, had some killer bass that never got the respect it deserved.
     
  2. epsmith

    epsmith

    Jan 16, 2011
    Dublin
    Norman is an absolute monster on the bass, seen him live a few times with wilko johnson from dr. feelgood, he really tears it up on the bass! Someone posted a link to a bio a few years ago, here is the link again..
    http://philbrodieband.com/muso_norman_watt-roy.htm
     
  3. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Yes indeed, Norman Watt-Roy, diamond geezer......
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...that specific Dury/Watt-Roy tune is right outta the Jaco 1/16th note groove school.
    IIRC, Watt-Roy mentioned how Jaco influenced him for "Rhythm Stick". What's amazing is Jaco's initial recordings (Black Market & his debut) were pretty much brand new....meaning Watt-Roy copped that feel/technique PDQ.
     
  5. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Norman has vast influences from Parker to Jaco, Entwhistle to Bruce and all in between, and like many others of the 70s loved the explosion of bass that came from the jazz fusion/funk scene. So the technique had been there for almost a decade....if you listened to the correct music, and as is usual in these cases, what you hear Norman play is just a small part of his make up.
     
  6. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    As I recall the Blockhead and similar records were off to the side kinda almost like the porn section at the video store.

    I didn't think any else ever heard of them. Apparently I was wrong. I'll hit youtube and catch up on some of the newer stuff.

    Thanks for the info.

    And maybe another jaunt. I used to get exposed to new stuff by going to record stores. I don't think there are many left, at least in my neck of the woods.

    I hit youtube but it's the not the same as real time vinyl. Any suggestions to keep current. I'm kinda old for live shows but I know that's the best.
     
  7. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Norman tours with the Blockheads still, but different singers take the part of Ian...obviously. He still tours with Wilko Johnson, ex-Doctor Feelgood guitarist. They became soul mates when Wilko joined the Blockheads briefly after Chaz left in the early 80s.

    No new Blockheads material, but lots of stuff comes up on YouTube, and of course the film of Ian's life and music was made in 2010 called, Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll, starring Andy Serkis as Ian, and Shakraj Soornack played Norman...great film.

    But search out Wilko Johnson and you will find more of Norman and the albums he has recorded with him.
     
  8. epsmith

    epsmith

    Jan 16, 2011
    Dublin
    As regards new music, maybe you should start a new thread on this, I for one would be interested to see where people come across new bands these days.. For me, sometimes I tune into internet radio stations that try to promote new music like seek radio, dandelion radio, radio23, etc, just to hear something different. If I hear something I like I might check them out on last fm, and check there for similar bands. In general though, it is either through friends recommendations or reading music blogs...
     
  9. Morning Beer

    Morning Beer

    Oct 2, 2009
    Cleveland
    One of my favorite bands of all time. Ian did a cool song with madness right before his death.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1caPVZN14Q

    sex, drugs and rock n roll is a pretty good watch, it's on netflix too.
     

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