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Tim Commerford in Bass Player

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Corbis, Jul 16, 2003.


  1. Corbis

    Corbis Guest

    Feb 19, 2003
    Wamego KS
    To my surprise when I opened my mail box is Tim Commerford my favorite bass player on the cover!
    It was interesting to see what he had to say about his amps set up and his overall tone. And how he works with Brad Wilk.

    What did you guys think?
     
  2. Funkster

    Funkster

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Tim C is a great player IMO and it was a interesting interview. A little wacked on how he keeps his tone a secret but overall a interesting article.
     
  3. I really no nothing of the guy but my first thought was at least he can save money on shirts.
     
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    He could buy a lot of shirts with the money he's spending on tattoos. :p

    Tim's a very opinionated guy, but that's a good thing: even though I didn't always agree, it was an interesting read.
     
  5. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    Sounds like another issue that is worthy of my time, I'll go get it.
     
  6. Craig Garfinkel

    Craig Garfinkel

    Aug 25, 2000
    Hartford, CT
    Endorsing Artist: Sadowsky Guitars
    I've never heard the man play, so I can't speak to his abilities on bass. And granted, it's impossible to know his tone of voice, and whether or not this was a bit "tongue-in-cheek"...but I suspect not.

    Here's the quote I'll lay on y'all:

    "...grudge was even a greater obstacle [to the interview]: A long-time Bass Player fan, Tim was miffed when BP omitted him from a list of important '90s bassists in an otherwise comprehensive 100-year retrospective (January '00). "I figured for sure I'd see some Timmy C in there," he remembers. "But I was wrong; I saw a gang of knuckleheads . It took me a long time to finally come around and do this."

    :rolleyes:

    And speaking of "knuckleheads", this guy is that putz that climbed the set of the MTV Video Awards show, and faught with security when they tried to bring him down.

    Good bass player? Possibly.

    Buffoon? Definitely.
     
  7. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I for one am a HUGE fan of Tim C. and don't feel I can call him a buffoon without knowing some unattainable facts. Like you I found that his actions at the VMA's might have been a little immature. Though I believe more was going on in Rage against the machine's internal relationships than was expressed. This I know may have had something to do with Zach leaving the band and you never know, mabye thats why Tim did it. Or there's always the possibility that he had a breakdown over the fact that his band was splitting up. I think Tom Morello said that while the nominee's where being announced Tim told Tom and Zach what he was going to do if Limp Bizkit got "Best whatever". They supposedly begged him not to but he did anyway. I think ultimately it had to do with him being tired of he and his band never getting any recognition at all and awards going to bands like bizkit and britany spears so they could call themselves "artists". *Hops of soap box and skips away merrily*:p .
     
  8. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    The way Tom Morello told it to Guitar World after it happened ,was that he (Tom) wasn't sure why Tim climbed the set, but he fought after a security guard pulled his hair trying to move him along. To quote Tom Morello "he (Tim) was raging against a few machines that nite"
     
  9. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    What was he talking about with Geddy Lee ripping him off? Because he was using distortion? :meh:



    It is cool that he builds his own distortions, I'd like to get into that kinda jazz.
     
  10. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    DC
    Not to mention Geddy's been doing the whole bass thing for at least twice as long as Timmy C has. I found Timmy C to not only be arrogant and a knucklehead but also inconsistent. He said early on in the interview that the wood in a bass doesn't matter, only the pickups. But later on he says he likes heavy basses because they sound better (or something like that). And what makes a bass heavy? The wood.
     
  11. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Austin, TX
    It sounds like I really need to read this interview. Has it hit the stands yet? I wonder if the cat that interviewed him is the same writer that interviewed Hub from the Roots? Just wondering since it seems both these guys have come off pretty arrogant. I really have to read this one though.:confused:
     
  12. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    What did he mention about his amps? I saw something at Ashdowns website that he would be using their stuff (not a bad choice either!) but I got the impression it was only for their European dates, so I'm curious.
     
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    He seemed very arrogant to me as well. I love RATM, but he ain't THAT good. Especially the quote about his tone being superior to anyone else's out there. I also thought it was funny how in the intro that BP wrote, they say he actively applies the advice of Jaco Pastorius into his rock n' roll playing-cut to interview,"I studied that Jaco Pastorius video..." :p
     
  14. Prahainspring

    Prahainspring

    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    +100000000000000000
    Has it hit stands yet??????????
     
  15. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I imagine the newsstands get their subscriptions at the same time that we do.
     
  16. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I like Commerford's playing. He really hits the pocket.

    I did feel, however, that he sounded very ignorant in this interview. Haven't ever read any other interviews. I can post some quotes when I get back home this weekend that lead me to this conclusion if you want.

    brad cook
     
  17. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    I didn't know Timmy C's arrogant. I know about the whole VMA thing and that he's a basket case.

    The Roots fella was so arrogant, he got on my nerves. These people need to be a little modest sometimes. :rolleyes:
     
  18. You should hear him play. Listen to some Rage Against The Machine or Audioslave (or both :D).

    Anyways, I think Tim C is a great player myself and he has been a big influence on me for playing bass, but from the sounds of it he is a little hot headed and needs to think of the consequences before he does something. I've never gotten a copy of BP, so where can I pick it up at?
     
  19. Craig Garfinkel

    Craig Garfinkel

    Aug 25, 2000
    Hartford, CT
    Endorsing Artist: Sadowsky Guitars
    A good idea, and I shall...pronto. A talented moron is still a moron though. I've encountered talented people who were salt-of-the-earth, humble and sincere type cats (Victor Wooten) and I've encountered talented people who were mean, obnoxious and anti-social (never mind who). The former are better cats to hang with.
     
  20. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA


    Jaco?


    My point being, I originally didn't want to listen to Jaco due to his constant shameless self promotion. I read his book before I listened to his music really. And the way he acted, I really didn't think I'd ever listen to his music, due to his attitude.

    So lets leave personality and playing aside, because they are two completely different things. No one is asking you to hang out with Tim.