Tuesday, 8 December 2009

New radio show, keyboard rescue, Framus Star bass...


I'm so busy that I think the only way I could possibly get everything done is by cloning myself only I haven't got time. But I have managed to put another radio show up - here's a link: http://bit.ly/wrecklessradio
I've also built our touring keyboard, a delapidated Roland JX8P that Amy plays, into a smart new casing - not, you must understand, to make it look smart, merely to stop it dropping to pieces.
And in between that and convalescing after the Yo La Tengo tour we've been desperately learning twenty or so Kevin Coyne songs for the tribute shows which start in Brussels this Friday. We're setting off for a secret location in Gent where we're going to rehearse with Jon Langford, Robert Coyne, Brendan Croker and the drummer from Kevin's last band. Amy's playing keyboards and and guitar, I'm playing bass.
I'm going to use my Framus Star bass which should cause a stir because it only just resembles a musical instrument of any description. It dates from a time before the role of the bass guitar was clearly defined - no one was quite sure what it was supposed to do, and that's what the Framus Star bass looks like. It has a very long, thin neck, massive tuning pegs and a damper contraption that flips up under the strings pushing a wad of industrial rubber against them so that when plucked they give out a short sound that might most accurately be explained as bluck. The neck is so long that to tune the top string I literally have to walk from one end of the neck to the other. My back is killing me thanks to practicing for a week on this beast of an instrument but I'm hoping to cut quite a dash with it strung around my neck under the stage lights this weekend.

6 comments:

  1. i'm still crackin up laughing readin you Eric.

    keep up the good work and please,don't ever
    get cloned! how could they clone you anyway?
    you're an absolute one-off and as they say in
    french:"ils ont cassé le moule".

    take care

    frenchie

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  2. Blimey! The headstock on that bass is massive. I quite like the sound of some of those old basses though. It certainly beats the horrible toppy slappy stuff you started hearing in the 1980s.

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  3. anything beats THAT sound from the 80's, the chattering of my grandfathers over-sized dentures beats THAT bass sound...

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  4. Very true. (Not that I know your grandfather, but I can imagine what you mean). Yet people will still insist on doing it.

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  5. Just bought one of these basses. Well built and great fun to play. Laminated white oak neck and classic tone. The old Hofner Artist and Professional basses are also worth trying.

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