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Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Yeah, this one time...
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No, never. It's always been crap.
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Postby a. james on Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:46 am

Antero wrote:
STF wrote:It sounds really cheesy. All of the genres it features in suck and it kind of automatically makes you sound like one of these genres when you do it. It's very limiting.
Yes, funk sucks man!

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no, generally it just sounds better without slap. most of my favorite funk songs don't have it. the only one that does that comes to mind is the aforementioned sly and the family stone song.
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Postby lemur68 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:32 pm

The best slap bass band is 311.
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Postby a. james on Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:32 pm

lemur68 wrote:The best slap bass band is 311.


what was the line you said about them having to be racist because of their clear mission to destroy as much black music as possible. that was funny shit.
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Postby bassness on Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:12 pm

BadComrade wrote:Thanks to the resurrection of this thread, I've watched this video of Graham Central Station miming to their song "Pow" about 5 times today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1IuD6F3R5I

I'm currently off work for 5 days, I should learn how to play this.


Here's a pretty good breakdown on how to play it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho6XnLz3gkA

A great slap player who often uses it in a non funky context is Jonas Hellborg.
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Postby iembalm on Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:35 pm

I have no interest in reading this entire thread, but I will chime in with Shriekback's Oil and Gold album as an example of pleasing slap bass in the service of song.
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby Madman Munt on Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:07 pm

Hey this just popped into my head. And thoughts of slap bass.

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Sounds good to me. I think this is the only tune they made that I like.
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Postby Anthony Flack on Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:07 pm

a. james wrote:
mr.arrison wrote:And tweeters in Bass Amps are motherfucking retarded. I guess the slappers of the world have created the need for this "feature" that I abhor. Makes any other bass sound other than slap sound like mid-range scooped potato chip CHINKCHINK sizzle sizzle


Boombats wrote:All those tweeters do is amplify the worst bart of the bass. Fret buzz, string noise, and every mistake. If you've got 10" speakers you don't need that little thing.


no argument here.

in fact, thanks for stating my case on these godforsaken thinga, fellas.

EDIT 2: these horrible things are the reason i play through my old sunn cabs.


My shitty 4x10 has a tweeter in it, which you can switch on and off. I don't know why anybody would want it switched on. It doesn't add any frequencies you want to hear more of in a bass guitar, whether you're playing slap bass or not. It's not even high frequency tone, it's like Boombats says, click and buzz and noise.
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Postby Anthony Flack on Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:24 pm

Oh, and Mike Watt and Flea sound a lot like each other. Different bands yes, different pants yes, but bass playing not so different.
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby curry pervert on Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:40 am

Go to 45:57 for a live rendition of Quando Quango's 'Go Exciting' (much better than the studio version) with some nice slapping in it.

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Postby Verbs & Nouns on Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:33 pm

Anthony Flack wrote:Oh, and Mike Watt and Flea sound a lot like each other. Different bands yes, different pants yes, but bass playing not so different.


It’s no secret that Flea was hugely influenced by Mike Watt.
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Postby projectMalamute on Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:40 pm

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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby A Landing Craft on Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:38 am

It sounds funny when it appeared on Red Krayola songs. Mayo Thompson has a great way of fucking with you.
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby goatlord on Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:04 am

Ornette Coleman would like to have a word with all of you.

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(But as a bass player I'm completely against using it, myself)
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby first2letters on Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:32 am

Raffaele Gulisano of Uzeda does some cool stuff with his thumbs. This one and (as far as I can tell, at least) "Higher Than Me" are my favorite examples:

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(*EDIT: Oops, just saw he'd been mentioned a page back. Will still leave these here because they're awesome.)
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby Verge of Light on Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:07 pm

I love the band Slab!, particularly the album "Descension."

And this, my friends, is some SERIOUSLY not-crap slap bass...

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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby Gramsci on Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:51 pm

New Zealand band Skeptics

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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby jimmywahcrowbar on Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:07 am

Billy Gould?
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby ErikG on Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:29 am

Maybe it's OK as long as the drummer does it?

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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby Gramsci on Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:38 am

jimmywahcrowbar wrote:Billy Gould?


He’s been known to slap. The stuff on Angel Dust is very not funk metal.
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby jimmywahcrowbar on Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:24 am

Somehow I missed you writing his name on the post immediately before mine!

I like his bass playing - it works well in the context of FNM. The verse of Everything's Ruined springs to mind...
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