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Horror Pops Custom Bass - Check it out

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by ctcruiser, Sep 18, 2005.


  1. ctcruiser

    ctcruiser

    Jan 16, 2005
    West Haven, CT
    This month's issue of Bass Player (Oct/05) arrived and there are two photos of a custom bass used by Patricia Day of the Horror Pops, a Danish rock band. It has an oversize guitar shape to it with an interesting paint job.

    There is a short article about her, her bass, and the band on page 18. And she is in a Gallien-Krueger ad on page 1.

    Here is a web page about her with a shot of the bass as well:

    http://horrorpops.com/patbio.htm

    I know we talk about traditional acoustic basses here, but I thought this was one that is a little outside-of-the-box.
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Patricia's basses are made by her husband, Kim Nekroman, who is not only guitarist of the Horrorpops but the leader of the band Nekromantix. He is possibly the fastest psychobilly slapper I've ever heard. If I'm not mistaken, that bass in the picture was smashed up for the cover shot of their new album and he made her a new bass that looks almost identical for Christmas.

    Of course, all this good stuff is lost on these guys here, as they mostly feel that psychobilly is slightly less musical than someone playing a saw with a bow, so a more receptive audience might be found at www.rockabillybass.com.
     
  3. ctcruiser

    ctcruiser

    Jan 16, 2005
    West Haven, CT
    I thought the same thing about the album cover shot, but the more I look at it, I think it is a computer generated picture of the bass in pieces.
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Kim Nekroman says that the bass was really smashed up.
     
  5. Someone should post a warning about what appears when you click that link. I was unprepared and it gave me a pretty nasty turn.
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
  7. I guess I'll just learn to live with the loss.
     
  8. Granted, I've spent most time on the EB forums than on the DB ones, but most of them seem to be jazz players, with some rock. I'm becoming more acquanted with DB, as mine is en route to my house now, and once I learn to play, it's gonna be pyschobilly. So I guess I'm really asking, how many here are into rockabilly/pyschobilly?

    Still like this site better than rockabilly bass, style of music isnt everything. Thanks for all the help guys, here and in every other thread.
     
  9. christ andronis

    christ andronis

    Nov 14, 2001
    Chicago
    I don't think anybody gives a **** whether it's psychobilly or japanese or greek music or not. The point is: once you strip away the paint and the shock value, do you have anything to say musically?
     
  10. Reuben

    Reuben

    Aug 8, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hey, I'm not real big into this kind of music, but I found the link plenty entertaining. I like women, weird basses, and tattoos though. Heck, I even slap the bass some. Hey...
     
  11. Amen,
    alot of pyschobilly doesn't have alot underneath the "paint and shock value" (well put, btw), but that..style..serves as a cover for many that do, there are imposters in every genre that don't sit well with everyone.
     
  12. christ andronis

    christ andronis

    Nov 14, 2001
    Chicago
    Come to think of it....so do I...hey...this **** is GREAT!!! :hyper:
     
  13. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    some people like to post pictures... I wish I could post this full song... but here's the lyrics to "Roots Rock Weirdos" by Robbie Fulks... enjoy!

    The town was hardly stirring, the night clubs all were closed
    Only a washed-up cover band hittin' the stage at Joe's
    The guitar hit the first bar of "Secret Agent Man"
    A door in the back flew open, and into the room they ran!

    Roots rock weirdoes, up from the underground
    Starved for a Tele or a B3 -- any out-of-fashion sound
    Roots rock weirdoes, out of their holes they come
    Dressed up like it's 1951.


    Well, they looked the band gear over and they noted with delight
    The guitar amp was a Bassman, and the bass man played upright
    Then they looked 'round at each other, and they cried, "We Are The Best!
    For we like unpopular music, and just look at the way we're dressed!"


    Roots rock weirdoes, slapping each others' backs
    Using the hepcat language they thought made them sound black
    Roots rock weirdoes, smoking their Camels straight
    Makin' sure there was nothing up to date.


    Now Joe, he was slow to anger, but that barkeep found it hard
    Just to watch the air grow toxic with smoke and self-regard
    So he jumped up on a barstool and he shouted out loud and clear:
    "I don't know just what you weirdoes want, but I don't want you in here!"


    The room grew deathly silent, then up from the stinking ranks
    Rose a homely social worker in a bowling shirt marked "Hank"
    And dropping the fake black diction, he said, "Since you enquired,
    Let me take stock of what we roots rock -- ahem! -- 'weirdoes' desire...."


    Fishnets for every woman, and lipstick as red as flame
    For every man a tatoo, a Chevy, and a dumb nickname
    Cigarettes in every shirtsleeve, black leather on every back,
    Fanzines in every bookstore, LPs in each record rack.


    Three chords in every pop song! Four white guys in each band!
    A ruthless media empire to saturate this land
    Then, with our alt.country comrades, and our brothers in neo-swing,
    We'll reclaim music from the kids for our fat dead cracker king!"


    Roots rock weirdoes, Christ! They're everywhere!
    A little Doc Pomus in their hearts and dark pomade in their hair
    Roots rock weirdoes, out of their holes they come
    Dressed up like it's 1951.


    If you can't laugh at yourself... who can you laugh at?
     
  14. Very true. That song is awesome, how does it sound with music?
     
  15. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    If you haven't heard it, it's worth a listen. Robbie Fulks is a very musical songwriter.
     
  16. ctcruiser

    ctcruiser

    Jan 16, 2005
    West Haven, CT
    I am in Orlando this week for a business conference.

    I decided to check out the House of Blues for dinner and I find out that the concert there that night was the Horrorpops opening up for the Dropkick Murphys, so I bought a ticket and checked them out.

    The Horrorpops were fun to watch and listen to. She had the same decked out double bass as in the photos and played very simple slap bass lines as she was doing all of the singing. I know she will probably not be the next Ray Brown, but it was a fun evening just the same.