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Rock ‘n’ Rumble

Posted in bass, gigs, new wave, Punk, the stranglers on November 11, 2008 by planetmondo
What Exactly Is A ‘Morry Thou’?*

The Stranglers are live in Southend tonight, and being one of the first handful of bands I actively collected (along with the Pistols and The Damned) there’s no question of not trotting along. I know Hugh Cornwell’s long gone from the line up – but it’s still 75% original Strangulation. The other three are present and correct: Ol’ Beardy, Ol’ Pudding Basin and JJ Burnell, one of the coolest punk bass cadets (actually punk bass players were typically the snappiest member of the band) – all karate moves, monkey boots, motorbikes and that thunderous rumble underpinning the ‘men in black’s’ signature sound. It’s a ‘greatest hits’ gig, so hopefully these B-side babies may be somewhere in the setlist…

The Stranglers – Tank

Tankwith an intro from Peter Cook

Go Buddy Go – I’m no lip reader, but even I can see, the second word in this clip clearly isn’t ‘boogie’ or ‘woogie’

*Apparently a ‘morry thou’ as mentioned in The Stranglers ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’ is, well – click here to find out or here – for a picture

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Funky Friday – Funky Music, Funky Moves

Posted in bass, before they were famous, Funky Friday, Have a Go Heroes, northern soul on February 1, 2008 by planetmondo

Blimey O’Riley, it seems like a lifetime since we got on the good foot here on Planet Mondo, but there’s plenty of tasty treats on offer today.

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings franticly funky rework of – ‘I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ – orginally a Psych Rock groover by the First Edition featuring Kenny Rogers – set to a display of spectacular fruggery.

A crazy ace clip of the First Edition, performing ‘Condition’ with Kenny Rogers looking for all the world like a gripping hands Action Man.

And a stunning bass masterclass, with a home made vid’ of a ‘have a go hero’ playing the bassline along to MVP’s Northern Soul stomper ‘Turning My Heartbeat Up. If you don’t know ‘Heartbeat’, it’s a simmering starter that goes through the gears to an eventual giddy tizz and fireworks finale. I’d never noticed the bass run on ‘Heartbeat’ until watching this clip, seeing it in almost isolation is stunning.

If you’ve only got time for one clip, to quote James Brown “please, please, please” watch the bass vid.

In the mood to bust some moves like these? Then get on over James Brown dance class here at the marvellous Landcroft House blog.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).mp3

Doesn’t Kenny Rogers looking like one of these ?.

The First Edition – I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).mp3

I really could watch this all day.

The MVP’s – Turning My Heartbeat Up.mp3

There’s also some footage of a Northern Soul dancer set to ‘Heartbeat’
here but I find the over use of slo-mo doesn’t really suit the mood.

Funky Friday – James Jamerson – Fever In The Funkhouse

Posted in bass, Funk, Funky Friday, motown, Soul on September 7, 2007 by planetmondo


After seeing how many downloads the Merri Clayton track received (almost as popular as Los Punkrockers). I’m going to sprinkle some sparkle over Fridays by sharing a few funky nuggets on the Blog.

For openers it’s a hair-raisingly rare track I managed to grab while the online goldmine Winmx was up and running

James Jamerson – Fever In The Funkhouse.mp3

Who’s James Jamerson? No, he’s not the shouty, cigar chomping editor from Spiderman. But was the bass playing virtuoso with The Funk Brothers – Motown’s in house band that played on more number 1’s than Elvis,The Beatles,The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones combined.

Checkout his discography here

James Jamerson was one of those rare talents that crackle with natural ability and genius.

And like all genuine geniuses the usual rules don’t apply. He rarely changed the strings on his bass “The Funk Machine”,it’s neck was notoriously bowed with a crazy high action between the strings and the fret board. He didn’t rake the strings (the standard spider like hand movements bass players employ). But instead used just his index finger – Which he nicknamed “The Hook”

Try re-listening to I was Made To Love Her, Bernadette, or What’s Going On to hear this Funk Brother bounce around the Fretboard

Fever in The Funkhouse is James Jamerson’s own composition and is still unreleased