Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mick Karn - fretless bass

I'm not a fan of Angie Bowie (remember her?) or her poetry although I can appreciate the spirit and the energy, she is very much of that moment.   I AM, however, a great admirer of Mick Karn's work with his Wal fretless bass.  He was a self-taught musician and could not read music, but was a brilliant instrumentalist. This is one of my favorite examples of what he did so masterfully on the bass guitar, because this is relatively stripped-down without layers of vocalists or other instruments muddying the waters.  I find his musical stylings astonishing. I liked his work with Japan, and loved the music he made with Peter Murphy in Dali's Car.  I wish I'd gotten to see him perform live once.

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