Kathy Valentine appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Raman, Mar 4, 2021.


  1. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    An incredible band.
    An incredible bassist.

     
  2. Lizooki

    Lizooki

    Feb 24, 2008
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    IMHO .... Belinda's vocals and Her bass were 90% of their success.
    (IF you don't don't count the pretty factor!, lol)
     
  3. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Special mention to their back vocal harmonies!
     
  4. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    Does anyone know if she's looking for a boyfriend?
     
  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Well, if a 62 year old divorcee with a college age kid is your thing, go get ‘em, tiger:smug:. She lives in Austin, TX. The thing is, outside of the Go-Go’s, she’s been primarily a guitarist. I saw a short lived band she had in the oughts with Vicki Peterson(Bangles), Gilby Clarke, Clem Burke, and(IIRC)Abby Travis on bass(Abby was Kathy’s replacement when there was some drama between her and the rest of the GG’s).
     
  6. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    I'd date a 62 year old divorcee with a college age kid any time. But a "mainly guitarist", never!
    :D
     
  7. DanTheQuaker

    DanTheQuaker Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    I enjoyed her autobiography. Very candid.
     
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  8. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I saw the Go Gos open for the Police back in the day, big stadium show. The kicked ass! Seriously rocking.
     
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  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    There's a fairly recent documentary on the The Go-Go's that is engaging and elucidating. It also kinda reinforced the feeling I've had since the 80s that Kathy is my favorite Go-Go.
    btw, whenever I'm in the studio and the talk turns to "we need an archetypal Precision Bass sound here!" I reference Kathy's playing on their Beauty And The Beat album.
     
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  10. Craig T Vector

    Craig T Vector Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    Liberty Hill, TX
    Played a show with her band 2 or 3 years back here in Austin. At the time I had no idea it was her. Just another cool band that politely toted their gear in while we were on stage and said "great set" to you when you came offstage. Had I paid attention I would have probably would have stumbled through the "your bass and huge tone are still a huge influence on me" type thing. Would have been embarrassing.
     
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  11. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Was half-way through that very documentary when I posted this thread. One thing that amazes me is how professional they all were. They went through everything, from being spat on by crowds, love affairs between members, drugs, inflated egos, quarrelling about money, etc.. Yet, every video I see of them at any time, they always sound great, and looking like they're having the time of their life.
     
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  12. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    Good point about professionalism.
     
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  13. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Just stumbled upon this clip.
    I find it fascinating. They all obviously don't seem at all thrilled to be there playing music.
    But they all perform professionally.

     
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  14. Lizooki

    Lizooki

    Feb 24, 2008
    Yup ..... and that's the sound that made them famous.
    Not only is the bass the foundation of the music ... it's leading the way in the music.
     
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  15. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    I really needed to hear this, didn't I?
     
  16. Lizooki

    Lizooki

    Feb 24, 2008
    Music got'em by the middle of the video ..... the smiles started being real and fun.
     
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  17. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Back to basics.

     
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  18. Raman

    Raman

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
     
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  19. RoketRdr

    RoketRdr

    Nov 7, 2019
    Houston
    At one point early in her career you could have mistake Kathy for Molly Ringwald. :)
     
  20. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    Their 3rd album was always my favorite. The guitar is like Johnny Ramone.

    I can't tell what the 1st chord is when the pianist plays that little riff-solo thing in the middle. Anyone have a clue?
     
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