Thoughts on John Doe's playing in X?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Billyzoom, May 3, 2021.


  1. Tubehed

    Tubehed

    Oct 27, 2011
    Ain't Love Grand, from which BHOL comes from, was the first X LP not produced by Ray Manzarek. Michael Wagener was the producer and gave that album the typical slick 80's hair band sound of the time that was the polar opposite of who X were. Ray really understood the band better.
     
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  2. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    Maybe. But the songwriting was a little different too.
     
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  3. Tubehed

    Tubehed

    Oct 27, 2011
    Probably a conscious decision on the part of the band, as well, to reach a broader audience. Don't remember why they parted ways with Manzarek. Maybe looking for a way to be more contemporary at the time. Long before the whole punk nostalgia thing.
     
  4. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    More likely label pressure, I would think. That cover of “Wild Thing” always mystified me.
    I saw them a few years ago, they ended up playing in the rain, but Exene hit the merch booth afterward... 9C3C0C6D-2440-4582-B708-7ACA3720BE5D.jpeg
     
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  5. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    I heard the wild thing cover today. Still sucks.
     
  6. MYLOWFREQ

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    I'm not a big fan of the band or the genre but my friend took me to one of their shows, and it was fun.
     
  7. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    I’ve seen them live five or six times since Billy rejoined about 20 years ago, and they don’t play anything from that album—or See How We Are, for that matter. Strictly the first four, which is fine by me.
     
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  8. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    They did it as a one-off, for a movie soundtrack, I think. Still, kind of pointless. For its time and and place, the Troggs version is iconic; Hendrix did it as a joke of sorts, but after that it’s just one of those songs that just doesn’t need another go-through, although there was some lame ass one hit wonder British band that did an unexeptional cover of it in the mid-70’s. When X recorded “Soul Kitchen”, that was perfect, with Ray producing, it was like a passing of the torch. Their rendition(with Los Lobos’ David Hildago)of Richard Thompson’s “Shoot Out The Lights” was interesting.
    The original WT is...amusing...
     
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  9. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    He was the bartender in Road House.
     
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  10. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    38 years ago I had ahem, an infatuation with Exene. 2de4785ddfd755a2e146cd92ee8409d2.jpg
     
  11. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    See, she actually could sing...
     
  12. ElectroVibe

    ElectroVibe

    Mar 2, 2013
    The more I learn about the band, the more I respect them. They were very hard working especially in their early days.
     
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