Bassically speaking – Will Bowden

I would describe my bass style as John Entwistle trying to be Bootsy Collins, but failing. I can fool some of the people most of the time. I slap, because I started playing bass in the 80s when no song was complete without some thumb-based foolishness. My first bass was rubbish. It was a Satellite short-scale bass, and the bottom string didn’t really play at all. But that was okay. When ITEM05_will bowden 2you can’t play anything, three strings is plenty. My favourite bass ever to date is my Music Man Stingray, which totally rocks on every possible level. I would get another but then I’d have two Music Men, which sounds wrong. The alternative plural is Music Mans, which makes you sound like Yoda or Gollum.

My bass heroes are Rick Danko from The Band, Duck Dunn, Flea, John Entwistle … the usual suspects, including any of Zappa’s bassists but particularly Scott Thunes. Paul Simonon looked great and he wrote ‘Guns Of Brixton’ too. The greatest bass player that ever lived is Bernard Edwards. No contest. If I could get the bass tone of any album ever released, I would choose any of the Dap Kings albums. Bosco Mann sounds like he’s dipped his strings in chocolate. I also love Neil Murray’s sound on Whitesnake’s Live In The Heart Of The City, but Bosco is the cooler choice. Remember that being in a band makes you a more attractive and valuable member of the human race.

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