Monday, January 14, 2008
Give The Bass Player His/Her Due
Music, being the subjective medium that it is, leaves us to choose our own favorite bass players. John Deacon of Queen, John Entwistle of The Who and Bernard Edwards of Chic are three that pop into my mind when think of bassists. Especially the late, great Edwards. Wiki:
Bernard Edwards is considered one of the most important bass players of the 20th century. His bass line from Chic hit "Good Times" has become one of the most copied pieces of music in history, and had a huge influence on musicians of many genres when released and was the inspiration for "Another One Bites the Dust" by Rock group Queen.
The bass line was used without credit or royalty for the first rap hit in history, Sugarhill Gang's "Rappers Delight" in 1979. The following twenty-odd years has seen it sampled by artists of diverse genres, from Rap to Punk and Techno to Pop.
The man was fantastic on bass and as a producer of - and performer with - such artists as Power Station, Robert Palmer's "Riptide", Rod Stewart and Jody Watley.
Another of Chic's songs that contains Edwards' driving bass line is Le Freak. While Edwards and his bass guitar can be heard throughout the entire song, watch the clock and at 1 minute 37 seconds into it, his bass just takes over owning the song, driving it to its conclusion.
But bass playing Godhood begins and ends with Jaco Pastorius. Those other guys, I could, in time, figure out what they were doing.
Can't say the same about Jaco. With Jaco, it was "Holy Crap! What the hell was that?"
Thanks for the comments, guys. You're both important voices whenever I write about something in music. You know your stuff and always bring something new and knowledge to the table!
I preach this to my daughter (who has her own band: Kinki Machine) regularly...
Teacher (who had me doing indentured roadie in leui (sp?) of paying for lessons) handed me a Weather Report cassette and said, "this guy doesn't use frets. I'm gonna own your ass until you get out of high school."
Links to this post:
accordance and compliance with Fair Use Section 107 U.S. Copyright Code.
All other images and content © 2005-2009 David Drake.
Not responsible for content contained at linked sites.
Policy on commenting:
- Anonymous comments have little chance of being published.
- Comments made on posts 60 days old or older have little chance of being published.
- Published comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog author.
- Discretion of publishing or rejecting submitted comments rests solely with the owner and creator of this blog.
- Comments that egregiously "plug" (i.e. advertise or promote) another site or blog will be rejected. This doesn't mean you cannot include a link to your story, blog or to another site, but don't go overboard.
- Profanity is not a disqualifying factor, but profane rants solely for purposes of profanity are unlikely to be published.
- The owner and creator of this blog is not liable or responsible for the opinions of those who comment.