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The Blockheads (Norman Watt-Roy) Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, May 1, 2021.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    Norman Watt-Roy is one of those bassists I have heard about, but never listened too. I can see why he has his fans.:bassist:
     
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    HIT ME!

    \m/
     
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    RIP Ian. :crying:
     
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  4. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Norman Watt-Roy is instrumental to my formative years. Glad you finally got around to hearing him, Doc.

    When I was 13 I had a really nasty cycling accident that confined me to rest for several weeks. My parents bought me a minature radio with an earpiece so I could listen without disturbing anyone else. That was 1979. What I heard through that radio, with little else to do, was life-changing. Norman Watt-Roy, Bruce Thomas, Bruce Foxton, Mick Karn, to name just a few.
     
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  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That was a great era for bass indeed.;)
     
  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That way he makes that riff sound so effortless and bubbly - I tried it - not so easy at all, no sir.
     
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  7. Happy Face

    Happy Face Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Portland, Maine
    I have a dvd of a different Blockheads show. NWR kills it on an Alembic! With a fun stage presence.

    But weren't his teeth nasty! I recall that when he finally got them fixed it was featured in a UK dental magazine.
     
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  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    The original.
     
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  9. Oddly

    Oddly

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    A great tune, although for years I hated it after spending a LOT of time learning it.:)
     
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  10. He is fantastic! Word is he played on several of the Clash hits.
     
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  11. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    And some people say that was a bad period for bass.
     
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  12. Yes, it was a great time for bass, so many great bass players and bass recorded well up in the mix with all those UK punk and post punk bands. I love Normans work and along with the other great bassists you mentioned I'd add Graham Maby, bassist with Joe Jackson to the list.
     
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  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Have to admit I prefer Ian Dury over the owl guy. Doesn't do much up there compared to Ian. But Ian's dead, so hey...but he was goodl

     
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  14. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose The Process IS the Reward! Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    God Is Love
    Dude is a beast. Ian Dury was a beautiful soul .

     
  15. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    That was always such a badass song!
     
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  16. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    So many people crap on the J bridge tone when their single point of reference is...well, we all know what their single point of reference is. Gimme that burp. Xes dna sgurd ‘n R&R!
     
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  17. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    His stage presence and groove is not entirely unlike a British James Brown. (imho)
     
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  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Right you are!:bassist:
     
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  19. RayWithFlats

    RayWithFlats

    Mar 22, 2020
    on the 1
    I’m sure I’ve posted this on TB before but I still remember one time my boss was playing the Blockheads in the office and I stopped off and bought the Jukebox Dury compilation on my way home. The first thing I said to my boss the next day, about Norman, was “I knew he was good but I didn’t realise he was that f-ing good!”

    BTW, I saw NWR playing with Wilko Johnson on TV and he sounded like a completely different player, really gritty and nasty (in a good way), totally the opposite of the smooth, flowing style he used with the Blockheads. A real lesson in matching your style to the material and the other players in the band.
     
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  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Wilko also made a great executioner in Game Of Thrones, too!

    Ya, I'm still gonna crap on it, though :D It works for some people but never did much for me. I'd have to go MusicMan if I liked that tone.
     
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