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Mark King

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by basstastic, Oct 23, 2001.


  1. Frankly, i dont like the music of level 42 in anyway other than Mark Kings bass. Seeing as the guy from Duran Duran is being discussed i wanted to know what everyone else thinks, especially those older guys and gals among you (im 17). Plus, i have downloaded some solo stuff but i can never find it in any music stores and another thing, his signiture Alembic is about £4500!! Is it really worth that much (i know alembic are expensive but jeez)
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'm a HUGE Mark King fan. The man rules!!!!
     
  3. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Mark King... writes some nice songs, puts some great lines in them, he's got a nice (although somewhat limited) voice...

    Mark King... likes to play bass solos...

    WHAM! SMACKETI-SMACKETI-SMACKETI-SMACKETI-RAKATAKAPAKATAKA-FRHRHRHRHRH-CHACKACHACKACHAKA...

    BOOOORIIIING!

    ;)
     
  4. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    I'm not a fan of Level 42 either but Mark is a fantastic player. His tone is very thin for my tastes but his creativity and chops are great. He has a seemingly endless arsenal of slap licks and riffs he executes with mind numbing accuracy. Emotional? Maybe not the most but always interesting to listen to.
     
  5. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    ...and zero groove. :p
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Not true ;)
     
  7. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    If we think of the same thing, I'm right and you're wrong. ;) Whenever he's had a song to play to, he executes it very well indeed and I have no complaints. I do like many of his lines on his solo albums and the Level 42 songs. But it's when he's entering the spotlight as a improvisational soloist and tries to "give the audience what it wants" I become disturbed. If I wanted to hear a machine gun I would have watched an old war movie, at least those have a consistent rhythm. :rolleyes: :p
     
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    You got a point there...

    But I like him anyway. I grew up on his stuff.

    ...don't dare to draw certain conclusions - those definitely would not be true....:p
     
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    A bassist friend of mine found a JD Supernatural Mark King model 4 at a local pawnshop... for $600. I finally ot a chance to play it.

    That is one seriously wicked bass. This was a perfect example of what a "wanker" bass is... and it doesn't have 7 strings. It was so easy to play percussively and quickly it was silly... and fun:D. It's now on my short list of basses I'm looking for.

    BTW I heard he (my friend) traded it for a Czech Spector. No comment.

    I like Mark King but will agree his style is pretty linear. He's definitely more in the Stanley Clarke camp than Bootsy;)
     
  10. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    600 F'N DOLLARS! What a deal. Never played one. Never seen one in person. Maybe some day.
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I've seen a few Jaydees in the UK looking pretty beaten up at low prices - I think they are very much out of fashion nowadays. I must say that I always liked the look of them from photos, but the ones I saw looked less impressive close up - they seemed to be poorly made - although it might have been the treatment that had been meted out on them? ;)
     
  12. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    Yeah, they probably are "old school" but, hey. I'd like to try one out. When were they in production? I'm one of the few Americans I know that actually owns a Status bass. They seem to be quite a rarity over here. No, not graphite. It has a maple neck with RW fretboard. I love the damn thing. Bruce, or anyone else from the U.K. have any idea when this particular style of Status basses went out of production? Mine is a 5 string. I was told it is a 90's model. I'm not sure of the particular model name.

    Thanks.
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    "Headless" basses seem to have really gone out of fashion - although Status were famous for being one of the main proponents. I personally don't like then - sort of feels like your left hand is goig to "fall off" the end of the bass - just an illusion! ;)

    Bu the value of the headless Statuses has really plummetted and I suppose they all get lumped together - there are still quite a lot of Status basses available in the UK - I must have tried about 30 or 40 in shops in the last 2 -3 years. I like the way they feel and play, but they just don't get the tone I'm looking for.

    The Status website has a lot of info on their various models - but I don't know anything about Jaydee

    Try the following link :

    http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Backstage/3883/jaydee.html

    [​IMG]
     
  14. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    I used to like his stuff a lot, but lost interest after they got a hit tune ("Something About You") and changed the whole package. The older stuff like "Level 42" ,"Pursuit Of Accidents" and "Standing In The Light" was much better, IMO.

    Mark King can't groove? What a laugh.....:rolleyes:
     
  15. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    For all of you nay sayers out there, to each his own. However, no matter how you feel about him, you can't help but give him props for playing the patterns that he plays AND sing lead. If that's not not a big deal to you, I'd like to hear you do it.
     
  16. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    I feel terribly misunderstood. Have you read what I've written? He DOES hold a groove, he DOES write nice lines, the fact that he sings and plays simultaneously and flawlessly is AMAZING, but then he ruins that beautiful picture with snippets like THIS which hold no groove. Wanker alert!

    But the audience loves it.