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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jaybones, Jan 6, 2018.
Nope, just you.
I'm speechless because I have no idea how to better say it than this.
IME, your experience is not my experience.
Nope. Me + Bass = skirts. Maybe not as many as front men or lead guitarists, but . . . . . enough ! I often count myself as lucky playing in bands in the 70's: After The Pill, Before AIDS. All the occupational hazards could be fixed with a shot.
Umm... Maybe not failing Sex Ed, but not doing well either. Just to name a few things not fixable with a pill: neurosyphilis, genital herpes, and genital warts.
Depends on genre overall. Being a musician opens the conversation. Up to you after that.
Well, James Collins, you know, a gentleman must have a discriminating eye and some insight, so these unfortunate eventualities were avoided. I knew a lot of 'anything that walks' guys (mostly those same lead players and front men, my, the problems ego can saddle you with) that ended up with those various miseries, but I always held out for the best, and it served me well.
Let's just say it was a slower, different world back then.
I don't want to come across as disparaging. I just mean to provide more accurate information like some STDs are incurable or can cause bad consequences. And that often you cannot see an STD.
Though I get what you mean that for example if a person is less discriminating you may have a problem.
How could you forget the swathes of the country struck down by genital warts,day after day the headlines screamed about gential herpes. The world was brought to the brink !!
Maybe you were aware of those things called "condoms" and were that busy safely having fun you missed all the stuff James Collins has nightmares about.
"disparaging" ? No. Uptight ? A definite Yes !!
Well, you have to remember the mid to late 70's: I remember when herpes were a 'new thing'. I married in '82, so since then, it hasn't mattered, I was off the market. I'll just say I was careful, and probably, lucky.
I never experienced what that chart shows. Bass + long hair in the late 60s/early 70s worked quite well for me.
My wife, who dated musicians almost exclusively before we got together, says bass players are the best.
My next door neighbor is also a bass player. His wife says the same thing.
i just tell the ladies that i'm the lead singer --- always works! even when i'm playing with my instrumental jazz band!
always works = they laugh hysterically!
My interpretation is that these represent the band leaving the gig:
Drummer: Leaves with girlfriend, who had to drive him to and from the gig because he doesn't have a car.
Guitarist: Same as drummer, but drank too much and needs extra help walking to the car.
Vocalist: Drank twice as much guitarist and needs an entire platoon to carry him out the door.
Bassist: Being the mature and responsible one, is self-sufficient and drives home to his loving and lovely wife and/or family.
Not representative in any way of the bass community in which I operate.
ha, I saw a recent version of the graphic that, below the bass player line, includes a dude + keyboard = dude + cats
also, my 60's-80's experience does not match the message at all either.
got married in '86, and 31 years later am still happily so.
Finally, a lead solo for Hell’s Bells that I can get into!
I never attracted the most. But I always attracted the more intriguing ones. Quality over quantity.
Drove one babe magnet singer I worked with crazy how I did that. I told him I had no agenda and was always respectful and courteous when approached. Good manners and a pleasant demeanor go a long way. Something this stud-muffin singer couldn’t seem to grasp.
I don't seem to have any trouble finding girls. I wait until the gigs over, go outside and look around.