1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

John Taylor - Duran Duran

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bassmingo, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Bassmingo


    Nov 6, 2008
    yes yes i know, but i'm a child of the 80's, with older sisters so i grew up with this. i'm only familiar with the hits, but man john taylor could groove.

    found this on youtube. i think its taken from the classic albums rio dvd which i didnt know existed till now.

    speaking as someone who doesnt listen to this style of playing nor is influenced much by it (even though i love it) where is JT getting his style from? 70's cats i presume?
  2. John Taylor ROCKS! Like Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, great player, great image, great tone.

    Two of my fave bassists after McCartney, Entwistle, and John Paul Jones!
  3. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    his work is having more and more of an influence on me lately. most of the summer i listened to the duran duran decade (greatest hits) nearly everyday and just now started playing the music.

    john has incredible skill - his basslines are simple for the most part, yet very difficult.
  4. John Taylor is a very good player. Not a lot of pop guys were slapping or playing like him when they came out. He definately drove that band. I've played in an 80s cover band for about 10 years and I've always liked playing their tunes because of his bass parts. Rio might be my fav.
  5. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    I know that Duran Duran were influenced as a band by the likes of 70's art rock artists such as Roxy Music and Japan. So I'm assuming that John Taylor was most likely influenced by John Gustafson (Roxy) and Mick Karn (Japan), however, his "funk" inclinations probably stemmed from Louis Johnson and Larry Graham, as I know he was influenced as a bassist by American funk bands. Good bass player for sure, definately a good component in DD.


    Edited to add: As far as slap bass in early 80's pop goes the two really incredible players IMHO are Mark King (Level 42) and Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, ABC, Steve Howe and John Paul Jones).
  6. Sahm


    Dec 18, 2007
    Delaware, OH
    He was featured in the Unsung Heroes column in Bass Player about 15 years ago. He'll forever be one of those hidden bass treasures that folks listen to and think, "man that guy can groove!"

    +1 on Rio as my fav song of theirs to cover.
  7. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    ive played rio and hungry like the wolf for years now ... it was a long time ago cool to do .... then went for a while that it wasnt .... so we quit playing them ... then at a auburn university party some miller light girls asked for duran duran ... i was like "*** ???" so heck yeah we busted both of them out .... i love the rio bass line .... that and alanis "jagged little pill" are two of my favs to play ... although we do not have a chick singer ...
  8. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    VA, USA
    I'll play Rio to the cows come home. Problem is nobody else, in any band I've been in, wants to play it!

    One of the best gigs I've been to was Duran Duran circa 1988, out of the stadiums and into small halls - they rocked!
    Narc_x likes this.
  9. I always thought Duran Duran was a chick band part of that mediocre New Wave era which gave us a lot of crap, but the more I listen to them lately, the more I realize the Taylors (not related, as everyone knows) were a really good trio of musicians.

    His bass lines were pretty darn smart and efficient.
  10. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    For a pop player he wasn't bad. I never considered him an "elite 80's pop player" alongside say, Mark King, but John wasn't too bad. I liked it when he was using a Kubicki!

    Of course, a lot of his flashier moments may actually be done by Bernard Edwards, who "ghosted" a lot of parts on the Powerstation stuff.
  11. lunker


    May 27, 2008
    I'm not a big Duran Duran fan, but the bass on Rio has always made me smile.
  12. Bassmingo


    Nov 6, 2008
    would bernardhave been an influence on john too?
  13. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    I definatly respect John Taylor. I was skimming through my Bass Players a couple days ago and I came across an article on him. I read it and I was interested in him so I looked up some Duran Duran. The basslines are cool but I can't get into them. Hes definatly talented.
  14. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    At NAMM this month, the Aria SB1000RI bass that John played in the 80's was getting a lot of attention. We were playing 'Girls On Film' on it @ the Aria booth. They may be coming out with a 5 string version next year.
  15. mpm32


    Jan 23, 2009
    I heard a story where they were in the studio and watching the studio bassist that was doing the actual tracks and John was crying that he couldn't get the parts.

    Now this may just be a story but makes sense given the quote above.

    He did eventually learn to play the parts.
  16. Love his playing... the band... and the music. Good stuff!
  17. tito0515


    Aug 21, 2008
    The man carries Bernard Edwards bass! He is underrated. I purely listen to duran duran for his bass!
    LoTone likes this.
  18. I've seen Druan Duran three times in concert. John Taylor had no problem laying down the bass.

    That sounds like a fabricated story.

    Now I would believe that about Motley Crue's bassplayer!
  19. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Was listening to "Planet Earth" in my car on the way to work this morning... dude could hold it down... Silly haircut and New Romantic schtick aside... I'll admit it.
  20. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    He was the reason I took up bass! I was in my early teens and MTV was THE thing, and they were all over it. I loved the bass in their tunes. I lost interest mostly after Rio (and a little of Seven and the Ragged Tiger) but he was my first bass influence. I still bust out that pop/pull thing he does all the time! lol