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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by FunkyYeti, Apr 1, 2020.
Extremely unlikely this is.
I like Entwhistle, but Townshend sounds like a tool here to be honest. "Unattractive" playing bass with your fingers?? tf?? But onesies and bad haircuts are cool?
I meant 2000 of course.
Accurate, as he is.
My honest opinion about Pete Townshend would have me banned, so I'll refrain from that.
I really liked his guitar playing style while I was growing up (however Entwistle was my inspiration) but Pete is full of twaddle.
I saw Entwistle at the Call in Providence in 1999, I had seen him the night before at Sir Morgan's Cove in Worcester.
Bill is a great rock and roll and blues bassist, this is live from 1964. I stole lots of his riffs when I was a kid first learning but he is the complete opposite of someone like Entwistle, he played the bottom and played it well, locked in with Charlie Watts.
Keith played probably ten or twelve tunes out of their whole catalogue, Keith is good though and actually Ron wood is the best out of the bunch on bass. Don't underestimate Bill's playing though. He probably played bass the most of Exile on Main Street which was about 3 songs, a few before and a few earlier. Bill played the vast majority of Stone's tunes.
I saw him play from about ten feet away for a whole night once in a small club, he had a very light touch, I was actually surprised, when he did his triplets it was almost like a butterfly's wings touching the strings.
Cocaine was not real common until the late 60's, early 70's. They were pill heads, speed, same with The Beatles, a lot of 60's musicians used speed to keep going, even Johnny Cash, Don Everly etc. That and booze.
From Chris Squire:
I think the first three Rickenbacker basses were imported around 1964. Pete Quaife, the bassist for The Kinks, bought one. Then John Entwistle from The Who bought one. As for the third one, I asked the manager of the store if I could get an employee discount. He said I could, and so I picked up that one. McCartney also had a real early one that the Rickenbacker owners brought over for them and gave Paul his 4001 which he still has to this day and is supposed to still use on recordings at times.
He was a trumpet player, then a french horn player, he tried guitar but his fingers were too big and he liked the low sounds of Duane Eddy so he bought a bass. He was never really a guitarist.
Entwistle, Squire, Macca, JPJ, Casady, Bruce, and a few others in that 60's-70's zone - these were the players that took the bass guitar to a whole different place - not just, "really great bass playing" but, at the time, unconventional playing, leading to where we are today. You may not like all the music, but its important to know your history.
+1. He tells the story of the song--what we should all aspire to do.
I love Keith Moon and love his playing so I'm not bashing him at all but here's the video:
Keith Moon Passes Out at the Cow Palace November 20, 1973 and is Replaced by Scott Halpin.
I just read this whole thread and I will say that younger players may not get what an innovator and bass star he was in his day and how he was most likely a primary influence on a lot of later bass stars., but if anyone wants to know how to "get" Entwistle, listen to this album, there's some great clean bass lines on it and he wrote it all and sang lead.
John Entwistle — lead vocals; bass guitar; keyboards; synthesizers; bass synthesizer; trumpet; piano; French horn
Peter Frampton — electric guitar
John Weider — backing vocals; violin (10)
Rod Coombes — drums
Gordon Barton — drums
Jimmy McCulloch — electric guitar
Neil Sheppard — electric piano; organ
Bryan Williams — trombone; keyboards
Alan Ross — acoustic guitar
Here is one example of why he was a big deal
The Ox was not of this earth - those that heard, seen, or conversed with understand. There are a few bass gods and then there is John!
I couldn’t get past the fact that this thread was started on April 1 ...
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