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January 9, 2012 6:25 PM   Subscribe

Doug Wimbish plays bass.
posted by Trurl (22 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
The title of this post is a quote from Robert Christgau.
posted by Trurl at 6:26 PM on January 9, 2012


Well he certainly uses a bass. That is as much mastery of the effects as it is the instrument.
posted by mrgoat at 6:40 PM on January 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wimbish...Wimbish...I'm sure that rings a bell...ah yes, now I remember!
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:44 PM on January 9, 2012


That is the most Wimbish thing I've ever heard.
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:51 PM on January 9, 2012


GOOGLE VICTOR WOOTEN
posted by LordSludge at 7:12 PM on January 9, 2012 [4 favorites]


Soulless wankery
posted by The Discredited Ape at 7:16 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


I saw Doug Wimbish open up for Porcupine Tree several years ago in NYC. Great set by a criminally underappreciated bassist. I had no idea that he had been performing since the mid 70's, though.
posted by KingEdRa at 7:45 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was great, thanks for posting.
posted by motty at 7:56 PM on January 9, 2012


More like Technically Proficient Lead Guitarist jams to his own bass loop. Kind of a let down. I was hoping for something cool and new
posted by Redhush at 8:00 PM on January 9, 2012


anyone who has any doubt in their mind that doug wimbish isn't one of the greatest rock bassists ever hasn't heard Vivid.
posted by mexican at 8:08 PM on January 9, 2012


mexican: "anyone who has any doubt in their mind that doug wimbish isn't one of the greatest rock bassists ever hasn't heard Vivid."

That was Muzz Skillings on Vivid (unless you have some inside info I haven't heard).
Doug did dates with the Rolling Stones as well. I LOVE his playing. I'm also partial to T.M. Stevens
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:28 PM on January 9, 2012


Sorry. Meant to link to this performance.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:32 PM on January 9, 2012


I heard Jaco Pastorius do this back in 1977 at the Beacon Theater in NYC, and much more musically too -- and he didn't have as many pedals at his disposal. Plus he didn't play over the same damn loop over and over; he changed it when he needed to. Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke also come to mind.

Meh.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 8:36 PM on January 9, 2012


Vivid stain. my bad.
posted by mexican at 8:46 PM on January 9, 2012


THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE THERE HASN'T BEEN GOOD BASS CLEF MUSIC SINCE THE SERPENT FELL OUT OF FAVOR.
posted by The White Hat at 8:52 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Woot! Know him from Tackhead!
posted by edheil at 8:53 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've been lucky enough to see him live at least four times, twice with Tackhead, once each with Living Color and Little Axe. Soulful wankery at worst
posted by philip-random at 9:21 PM on January 9, 2012


I saw the Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, and Marcus Miller B3 show. It was pretty interesting. Very challenging to do a band with 3 bass players and not have it sound essentially like a garbage truck wrecking, What they did was, stay out of each others way - Clarke was either playing upright or that tenor or piccolo bass thing, Wooten was doing a lot of chordal stuff up high, and Miller was actually playing bass. Miller, by the way, had the best actual bass sound qua bass sound (I've always thought Wooten's tone is brittle and somewhat ugly). There was a drummer and a keyboard player as well.

At one point I looked around and realized: everyone here is either a bass player, or the girlfriend or spouse of a bass player, who got dragged along.
posted by thelonius at 11:44 PM on January 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


That is as much mastery of the effects as it is the instrument.
Mastery of two things is not less impressive than mastery of one.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:13 AM on January 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


The guy's thumb technique is nearly perfect. I wish I could play nearly as well.
posted by clvrmnky at 6:21 AM on January 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


TRIGGER WARNING: whammy pedal.
posted by modernserf at 8:41 AM on January 10, 2012


Wolfdog: "That is as much mastery of the effects as it is the instrument.
Mastery of two things is not less impressive than mastery of one.
"

Did I say it was? I'm impressed on both counts.
posted by mrgoat at 5:59 PM on January 10, 2012


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