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Re: Countdown

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 16:44
by BigDaddy
Robert Smith looked like he had that thing in Drop C!!

Re: Countdown

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 16:52
by veebass
aphekgreg wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 16:23
veebass wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 14:55
The Cures basses can't go without mention.
I was including those in the Precisions. :shrug:

The matching black Ps were very cool.
Yes, I meant the string so loose they almost fell off. :lol:

Re: Countdown

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 17:07
by aphekgreg
veebass wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 16:52
aphekgreg wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 16:23
veebass wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 14:55
The Cures basses can't go without mention.
I was including those in the Precisions. :shrug:

The matching black Ps were very cool.
Yes, I meant the string so loose they almost fell off. :lol:
OK, I'm with you now! Yes, that was funny.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 16:39
by aphekgreg
Watched the '83 episode today. I noticed I was hearing quite a bit of fretless, with the guys 'playing' fretted basses on the show. Didn't notice any real pattern to what was popular that year. A couple of Ibanez Musicians, a few Stingrays and Jazz Basses, an aluminium necked Kramer and I forget what else.

I did enjoy seeing the classic Peavey Mk III/EV TL stack. Were they 200 watts into 8 ohms and 300 watts into 4 ohms? That was such high power for the time. I wonder what happened to all those heads? They must be around somewhere, as they never seemed to die.

Noticed our own Juan Lauda's band The Expression (before he was in it) made the cut too.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 21:11
by Juan Lauda
aphekgreg wrote:
13 Nov 2017, 16:39

Noticed our own Juan Lauda's band The Expression (before he was in it) made the cut too.
Thanks for the heads up, Greg! I'll have to catch up on it. I also had a fretless Musician in those days. Still have the classic TC Electronics Chorus/Flanger pedal I used with it for a bunch of The Expression's songs. It's still going strong, even after surviving 3 years on the road with INXS on loan to Garry Beers.
I used to tour with an IVP preamp, Jands J600 power amp and 2 EV TL bins. Couldn't have done it without roadies!

Re: Countdown

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 21:35
by BassLine
aphekgreg wrote:
13 Nov 2017, 16:39
Watched the '83 episode today. I noticed I was hearing quite a bit of fretless, with the guys 'playing' fretted basses on the show. Didn't notice any real pattern to what was popular that year. A couple of Ibanez Musicians, a few Stingrays and Jazz Basses, an aluminium necked Kramer and I forget what else.

I did enjoy seeing the classic Peavey Mk III/EV TL stack. Were they 200 watts into 8 ohms and 300 watts into 4 ohms? That was such high power for the time. I wonder what happened to all those heads? They must be around somewhere, as they never seemed to die.

Noticed our own Juan Lauda's band The Expression (before he was in it) made the cut too.
Yeah lots of Fretless on the recordings. Very cool sounding Fretless bass... he used a 3TS Jazz with pickguard removed on the show. Can't remember the song.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 22:00
by aphekgreg
Juan Lauda wrote:
13 Nov 2017, 21:11
aphekgreg wrote:
13 Nov 2017, 16:39

Noticed our own Juan Lauda's band The Expression (before he was in it) made the cut too.
Thanks for the heads up, Greg! I'll have to catch up on it. I also had a fretless Musician in those days. Still have the classic TC Electronics Chorus/Flanger pedal I used with it for a bunch of The Expression's songs. It's still going strong, even after surviving 3 years on the road with INXS on loan to Garry Beers.
I used to tour with an IVP preamp, Jands J600 power amp and 2 EV TL bins. Couldn't have done it without roadies!
It should be available on iView, but they also repeat it on Saturday, just like the old days. :hyper:

Love the old TC Chorus/Flanger. Every now and then I think about buying one, but they still sell for quite a bit.

Yeah, those Jands amps were heavy!!

I own an IVP preamp. Haven't used it in years, but it still works. I was just thinking about it in the last week and planning to have a listen.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 14 Nov 2017, 08:27
by Aussie Mark
Juan Lauda wrote:
13 Nov 2017, 21:11
I used to tour with an IVP preamp, Jands J600 power amp and 2 EV TL bins. Couldn't have done it without roadies!
That was a pretty stock standard rig for all of us back then. I had the exact same rig, although my first pre was a Roland SIP, and then I replaced that with a Yammy pre a couple of years later. But yes, the J600 weighed a ton.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 15 Nov 2017, 14:08
by RickG
I was surprised to see The Dead Kennedys were interviewed on the show

Re: Countdown

Posted: 18 Nov 2017, 10:24
by BassLine
Here's the Fretless track I mentioned earlier.


Re: Countdown

Posted: 18 Nov 2017, 13:24
by aphekgreg
BassLine wrote:
18 Nov 2017, 10:24
Here's the Fretless track I mentioned earlier.

That's Juan Lauda's (Tim) old band, before he joined them.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 19 Nov 2017, 11:33
by aphekgreg
Do we have anybody on Oz Bass, who appeared on Countdown? I'd love to hear some stories.

My guitar teacher was on, around '79, in a band called Fandango. He didn't enjoy the experience much. Said the producers treated them like they were pretty stupid and would only talk to them through the band manager. They were on the show that Midnight Oil walked out on.

Years later I mentioned my teacher's experiences to Rick Brewster, from the Angels. The Angels experience of Countdown and Molly, was very different. Molly always like them and he and the producers treated them very well. They were one of the few bands allowed to play live, for example.

Any more stories?

Re: Countdown

Posted: 20 Nov 2017, 13:34
by RickG
Very Interesting to see Ed Kuepper playing bass with the Saints in '84 in last night's episode. I assumed he and Bailey didn't have anything to do with each other after the original line-up finished.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 20 Nov 2017, 15:14
by aphekgreg
I've only seen a bit of last night's, but was reminded how much I hated their dance competitions. Give me more bands, not dancers.

Re: Countdown

Posted: 21 Nov 2017, 23:53
by Frobie
aphekgreg wrote:
13 Nov 2017, 16:39
Watched the '83 episode today. I noticed I was hearing quite a bit of fretless, with the guys 'playing' fretted basses on the show. Didn't notice any real pattern to what was popular that year. A couple of Ibanez Musicians, a few Stingrays and Jazz Basses, an aluminium necked Kramer and I forget what else.

I did enjoy seeing the classic Peavey Mk III/EV TL stack. Were they 200 watts into 8 ohms and 300 watts into 4 ohms? That was such high power for the time. I wonder what happened to all those heads? They must be around somewhere, as they never seemed to die.

Noticed our own Juan Lauda's band The Expression (before he was in it) made the cut too.
I still have mine Greg..a Peavey MKIV head..210@4ohms..the full 300watts at 2ohms with an ext cab. I bought it new with the 1820 cab from Regent Music in the 80's..possibly 85 or 86 i think..both head and cab still going strong. I wish I had it in the mid 70's when my lead singer owned Southern Artists booking agency and organised an Elizabeth Oval all day concert with mainly local Adelaide bands plus Billy Thorpe and Skyhooks as special guests. I had this old Lenard 150watt head and 4x12 cab at the time and the old valves in the Lenard were running a pretty blue. Was a great gig anyway if any Adelaide musos remember it. If I had a Peavey MKIV back then I could have blown the hair off my legs..lol
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