pkeets at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 18 23:35:36 CDT 2004
Hey, folks. I'm back already and I see the bass discussion is still going
on. Interesting comments on the twangy metallic sound John favored in the
last few years.
As it happens, I got a chance in the last week to listen to some nineties
rock groups like Smashing Pumpkins, etc. and I'm thinking a little about
bass in this context. I've been reading about how guitar gunslingers are a
rare breed these days, and sure enough (at least on the cds I heard) there
wasn't much in the way of lead guitar. It all seemed to be bass and drums.
Not only that, the bass is very sustained and metallic.
Now I'm a long way from an expert on nineties music, but I'm sure musicians
like John Entwistle would notice something like this, and make corresponding
changes in sound--just to try it out, if nothing else. Also, The Who has
always been a group to change their sound to match the times, and I would
suspect that John would shift automatically as part of this habit.
So, after playing solo for a few years, John reintegrates with The Who and
brings this sound with him. But now it sounds old decade to me, and I
suspect the change to a more classic bass sound at Watford might have been
in response to this. I still hear this sound on TV and in local bands, but
it's just too dated. So what is the bass sound for the new decade? Hasn't
it lightened up? Who's setting the standard?
I'm imagining Pete playing and Roger singing against different bass
backgrounds. How would they sound with the Smashing Pumpkins' bass (for
example) behind them? Or Metallica? Or The Darkness?
I hear calls for different bass PLAYERS, but not much on what sound is
appropriate for Who2 right now and what they should use in recording new
music. What should it be? Any suggestions?
>Look, idon't think John and i are trying to gang up on you Jon V Pino
>freaks but as John said, at Watford, John went for the "older" John sound.
>John was the best bass player i have ever seen or heard; it's just that i
>don't like Duanne Eddy - or
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