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Why so many Jamiroqaui songs in bass related videos?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by russpurdy, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    I mean, yeah, great bass lines and all but it seems at least half the time I check out a bass gear video or something similar someone is always playing a Jamiroquai tune. His/Their stuff was kind of a one hit wonder here in Canada in the 90's. Is the music more popular elsewhere or is it just popular amongst bass players? Not trying to be insulting, genuinely curious.

  2. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    I think they were pretty big on the other side of the pond, but also the style of music is very bass centric so it makes sense in that way... Just my 2 cents
  3. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Huge in Europe. Their stuff is actually very good if you give it a listen...somewhat reminiscent of Stevie Wonder/Steely Dan. I don't own a single album but some friends swear by them and play them a bit at parties and such.

    And yeah, killer bass work.
  4. T-MOST


    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    It's just great music for bass players. Makes perfect sense that a lot of bassists cover the songs.
  5. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    Yep. Seems every instrument has artists that players gravitate to.
  6. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    The fact that i bothered learning a Jamiroquai tune (Runaway) from hearing it in youtube bass video when i actually have normally no interest for that kind of music says a lot about the quality of the basslines. I still frequently play it.

    And yes, they were always successful in britain.
  7. Frohman


    Nov 24, 2009
    European here. Jamiroqaui is really big around the continent. And I can see why, great melodies, talented singer, interesting musical structures and awesome grooves. It's in many ways universally good music; Who doesn't love it?
  8. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    Designer - Big Machine Electronics
    I don't know much about Jamiroquai aside from seeing that video on MTV through hazy eyes deep in the night when I awoke from binge drinking and whatnot in the 90's.


    Paul Turner's playing on the Abbey Road session is one of the reasons I'm playing again. Now I want to look up Stuart and Nick. Thanks for the infos.

    Btw, Paul has/plays an Alleva Coppolo which led me into ungodly levels of bass-crush over this sexy...amazing...thing: http://bass-aholic.com/basses/A/alleva-coppolo/45.jpg

    Anyway, Paul is awesome and I love his playing.

  9. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    Thanks for the insight dudes. I figured they must be big somewhere and will have to look into more of their stuff. Kinda strikes me as a Robbie Williams kinda thing. Hugely popular in Britain but even though his stuff is really good he only makes minor headlines in North America.
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  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    They are great to play! Not super simple, but not Jaco or Jeff Berlin chop busters that also have great groove.
  12. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    Designer - Big Machine Electronics
    I don't remember. :p
  13. T-MOST


    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
  14. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Jamiroquai is huge everywhere except north America.

    Their live shows are legendary. Wish they'd tour here.
  15. taylor16


    Dec 25, 2012
    I grew up in Toronto and in the mid-90s when I was in high school, Jamiroquai was huge. Zender was the reason I started playing bass. I can't help but believe that his tone on the "Planet Earth" album set the template for "my" tone now. I am, unfortunately, no where near it at this point :(
  16. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    Here in Britian lead singer Jay Kay is affectionately named 'Tw*t in the hat'

    But I do like them :)
  17. EddieT


    Jun 21, 2008
    Love em. Saw them last summer in Guildford. Incredible day. Paul Turner is a fantastic bass player. The entire band and JK were right on the money. On the hottest day of the year too.
  18. Molan


    Dec 13, 2003
    Oxfordshire, UK

    Totally agree, they do really big shows all over the world, just not as well known in USA. Played to a lot of people in South America last year.

    Often play big outdoor festivals but also some classy shows like the Nobel Peace Prize concert.

    Paul is a great player and a super nice guy. His everyday bass is a lovely '66 Jazz and he has the Alleva for numbers where he needs a 5 string.

    For larger gigs he uses an Aguilar DB750 with a pair of GS410 cabs. For club gigs (with the other two bands he's in) he has a Tone Hammer 500 with two SL112's.

    He also has an awesome pedal board with some great vintage kit run through a GigRig controller.
  19. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene

    Only on the post-Zender albums IMO.
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Nice to know. I have a couple of the early albums with Zender…found them a cool band with a '70s retro vibe. I guess it was called Acid Jazz?
    The singer, though, too derivative of Stevie, IMO.

    Still prefer the Brand New Heavies for this retro-style R&B(AKA Acid Jazz).