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

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  1. RayWithFlats


    Mar 22, 2020
    on the 1
    I saw a great interview where Wilko said he loved the fact his character was mute because he didn’t have to learn any lines, just show up and give everyone the stink eye!
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  2. bass12

    bass12 Blistering barnacles! Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    When I think of The Blockheads this is what comes to mind:

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  3. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose The Process IS the Reward! Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    God Is Love
    This song brings me so much joy.

  4. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    GREAT! sounding so good,
    but the solos section... uh oh.
  5. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    If you liked that tone, you wouldn’t have to go MusicMan ;).
  6. Freekmagnet

    Freekmagnet Commercial User

    I like Ian Dury.

    I’ve only kind of skimmed through that late 70s UK scene. I probably should check it out more - it was an interesting space and time when Punk Rock, Disco, Funk, and Reggae were all flirting with each other.
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  7. Wibble666


    Apr 20, 2021
    Apparently Norman was heavily influenced by certainly sounds like it.
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  8. I first heard that back pickup tone thru Jaco. Then, my 80's Yamaha BB's with that blade bridge pickup solo'd would do it without trying hard. My current Squier Jazz does it, but the real trick for that back-pickup-burpity-burp for me is to nudge a dose of 100hz boost under it to fill it out for soloing or panning all back to that aft pickup, then pluck it with the harder side of your fingers right around the pickup.
  9. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
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    Love this
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  10. That's funny, we were just talking about him in the GOF thread last week.

  11. That's another great one.
  12. Some influence on that song maybe. I've read he'd recently seen Jaco not long before the band recorded Hit Me. Don't know if that adds up to "heavily influenced"? He could play other styles as well.
    (Still hearing a bit of Jacoesque influence might mean Norman will get a bit of respect from the "Jazz is a higher form of music" types? :D ;))
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  13. Come on you guys, you don't put in his most famous tune?

    Nice bass line in this too.

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  14. I don't hear any Jaco in him and they both came up at the same time so it's unlikely Jaco would have especially influenced him more than anyone else that was already playing when Jaco came out..
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  15. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Such a classic song, and just love that super-tight fingerstyle playing down at the bridge.
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  16. cxcxcx


    Mar 8, 2019
    Big influence on Pino Palladino - he’s name-checked NW-R in most of his rare interviews. Definitely apparent in his earliest work.
  17. darkwasthenight


    Oct 17, 2010
    He was on Sandanista! and Cut The Crap. Topper claims he played the line on Casbah too, and seeing as Topper is credited with bass on that track we could probably take his word for it.

    Norman is a lovely bloke. Met him in passing a few times when he's been with Wilko and he's never been anything but a gent (well that and stoned - the man can smoke anyone under the table...)
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  18. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Got that right. Drury and the Blockheads were a trip on stage. And they always had a good bass line going for their tunes:

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  19. Wibble666


    Apr 20, 2021
    ...Norman admitted himself that the rhythm stick baseline came from seeing Jaco and that he was heavily influenced by him ..but sure if you can’t hear any Jaco that’s your prerogative.
    Last edited: May 1, 2021
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  20. I don't hear it.
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