Friday, April 5, 2024

The Consequence Bassist Survey: 34 Bass Players on Their Favorite Bassists of All Time

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Reeves testing a wireless guitar

Simon's yellow Schecter Spitfire

Fan poll: Top 5 songs on The Crow soundtrack

From Revolver:

1. The Cure - Burn 

The Cure were originally going to contribute their rumble-haunted "The Hanging Garden" single to The Crow, with the track — originally off 1982's Pornography — having been referenced in James O'Barr's original comic. Then Robert Smith opted to base a new tune off the plot of the film instead, creating one of the most iconic outliers in the English group's massive catalog in the process.

Put together solely by Smith and then-drummer Boris Williams, the soundtrack-opening "Burn" is a slow-simmering epic of dark-jangled guitar moodiness and wind-whipping percussive squeals. Smith's familiarly aching voice references the corpse-painted titular character, love and pain, and what it feels like to scream an animal scream night after night.

Thematically on-point, and outright legendary.

50 Greatest Basslines of All Time

From Consequence:

21. The Cure — “The Lovecats”

While The Cure’s Simon Gallup deservedly made our list of the 100 Greatest Bassists of All Time, it’s a song recorded during his brief time out of the band that makes the cut among our greatest basslines. Phil Thornalley’s melodic double bass playing on 1983’s stand-alone single “The Lovecats” is undeniably infectious. Even a forlorn goth kid has to crack a smile when they hear this one. — S. Kaufman

Simon on the realness of Songs of a Lost World

😄  Thanks, Davide Consoli.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

10 Albums Death Cab for Cutie’s Nick Harmer Thinks Every Bass Player Should Own

From Consequence:

BONUS ROUND: The Cure — Disintegration (Simon Gallup)

Obviously, most bass players probably already own and love this album, I’m absolutely not claiming The Cure has not been given their due praise and worship. HOWEVER, my admiration of Simon Gallup is a huge reason I am a bass player to begin with so of course I’m going to include him. If for any reason you’re unfamiliar with Simon Gallup and his work, pick up a bass guitar, put this album on and get to work learning these bass lines. If by the time you reach the end of Disintegration you aren’t feeling the deep call to join a band and make music, then I’m not sure what else there is to talk about. Ok, you’re very right, there is plenty else to talk about… Still, these are some timeless, incredible bass lines, no?

Essential Tracks: “Pictures of You,” “Lovesong,” “Lullaby,” “Fascination Street,” “Disintegration.”

Robert signs open letter warning against “predatory” use of AI in music

From NME:

Billie Eilish, Robert Smith and more sign open letter warning against “predatory” use of AI in music

The letter, which has over 200 signatures from musicians, calls for protection against the "use of AI to steal professional artists' voices and likeness, violate creators' rights, and destroy the music ecosystem"

100 Greatest Bassists of All Time

From Consequence:

44. Simon Gallup
Coming in only behind Robert Smith, Simon Gallup is the second longest-standing member of The Cure. Despite the notoriously rocky history of the band, time alone would indicate Gallup’s contributions have been an integral part of their sound. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s groovy, melodic basslines are the driving force behind classic tracks like “Just Like Heaven,” “Forest,” and “Friday I’m in Love.” — S. Noor