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Percy Jones? Old Human League??

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by pbasswil, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    Hey folks, lately I've been having a look at The Human League (They passed me right by in the '80s when I was a jazz snob. :^)

    I came across this very early track of theirs that has really fun electric bass on it. A bouncy, organic, disco line! The tone and feel is kind of familiar; then it occurred to me:

    Is it possible this is Percy Jones??
    (** Go to around 1:00 minute in.)

    - Peter
  2. MixBass


    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    My money says it's John Giblin. Fun track!
  3. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    Hey, that's starting to make sense.
    Thanks for the reference -- I was unfamiliar with J Giblin, but have just looked him up. I had no idea that he and P Jones were kind of a tag team on Brand X albums; I'd only been aware of P Jones.

    Anyway, it's a beautiful feel, and righteous Wal-y fretless tone.

    Since you're clued in with this era, what would you make of the bass on this
    With the ghost note articulation in parts (e.g. 2:18), I'm guessing it's picked. But it's got that 80s bridge pickup tone again:

    - Peter
  4. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    The Thompson Twins always had some cool fretless tones on their songs too, but if I remember correctly it was a synth with them.
  5. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    Yeah, I like that sound too! They used variations of it on over half their tracks, I'd say.
    I never found out for sure what synth it was from, but I got some hints that it might have been one of the Oberheim OBX series.

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