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Simple Minds - Don’t You (bass cover with Fender Precision American Performer

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by dave84, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. dave84


    Sep 29, 2019
    Bass cover of eighties classic song by Simple Minds played with my Fender Precision American Performer in PJ mode: it will also be a little technical bass line but in my opinion in its simplicity it is absolutely apt for this track. Enjoy!

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  2. One of my favorite 80's tracks (great production, and a very nice drum chart), it's big fun on a five to hit the pedal-point D-E-C-D-E turnaround 'down there'. Nice cover !
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  3. dave84


    Sep 29, 2019
  4. that was great! great band too! takes me back to highschool daze...
    your bass sounds great. It would be cool to see you cover The american from them,,the bass sounds so killer to me in that song.Cheers!
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  5. dave84


    Sep 29, 2019
    Thanks for the tip! I will put this song on the list of upcoming covers to be published on my channel!
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  6. bass12

    bass12 A very hungry caterpillar Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    So many good bass lines from the Derek Forbes years. :thumbsup:
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  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Meh, that’s when they jumped the shark for me; they didn’t even write the tune, and only did it after Bryan Ferry passed on it. If you want a good workout, try this(I used to play it in an cover band)...

    Plus the early stuff...

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  8. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Wasn't that John Giblin on bass by that time? Anyway, that track was produced by Keith Forsey who also did Billy Idol, some of the same sonics and he always got a great bass tone on his productions. I seem to remember there was a schism in the Simple Minds camp before and after the popularity of that song. Nice job OP!
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Mercedes Hall!!! Best movie mom ever!
  10. bass12

    bass12 A very hungry caterpillar Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    It would make sense that Giblin played on the session as he played on Once Upon A Time and “Don’t You...” was recorded during the making of that album. As for the band’s attitude regarding the song: Simple Minds: how we made Don't You (Forget About Me)
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  11. Smooth play’n, and a beautiful bass to boot.:thumbsup:
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  12. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    The track was written by Forsey, an English drummer who had spent some time with Kraut rockers Amon Duul, and worked with Giorgio Moroder(playing drums on Donna Summer disco hits), and Nina Hagen guitarist Steve Schiff, with the Simple Minds in mind. Forsey was tasked with supervising the Breakfast Club soundtrack, and pitched it to the band, who intitially passed, as did Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry. The band, who had long been a cult favorite, still hadn’t broken big in the US, and singer Jim Kerr’s then wife, Chrissie Hynde, convinced him to go ahead and do the song. Recorded in late ‘84, Forbes was still on board, but would soon leave the band; Giblin’s first gig with them was Live Aid the following summer. There might have been some after the fact remixing/rerecording with Giblin when the song blew up for them(they considered it a throwaway track). “Once Upon..” was recorded mid-‘85.
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  13. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Had to learn that song for an audition many years ago. It was my first experience with drop D tuning. Love the song.
  14. Juststanley

    Juststanley Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Nice tone, nice pickwork, nice bass.....Nice !
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  15. dave84


    Sep 29, 2019
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    Sep 29, 2019
  17. Mo cowbell

    Mo cowbell Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    Agree with the positivity. Curious...what strings are you running?
  18. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Nice job, perfect example of playing to what the song needed as opposed to playing over it.
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  19. slagbass

    slagbass Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    Good job. I'm always impressed by someone who can play triplets consistently at that speed. It's not easy.
  20. dave84


    Sep 29, 2019
    it's true it's not that simple, you need a lot of precision and cleanliness
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