Tag: Bass

Live Review: Mike Watt & The Missingmen.

Mike Watt & The Missingmen ended their 56 date European tour in London at The Lexington. Exhausted? Maybe, but their performance refused to show that this was anything but a tight, energetic and entertaining act. Watt’s influential early 80s band Minutemen may be a big part of his attraction to the crowd of very varied ages (with the show selling out well in advance), but his eclectic Missingmen era work is heartily embraced and enjoyed tonight. Taking to the stage, he introduces what he describes as “a 45 minute song” – his third punk opera ‘Hyphenated-Man’. The work has...

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Photography: The Joy Formidable @ The Roundhouse

One of my favourite and most challenging bands to photograph. I love their sound and trying to keep up with lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan is a bit like trying to hit a moving target. The band musically are stuck somewhere between stadium rock and good old indie rock and roll. I think the venue size does make a difference to their performance and whilst they are energetic and polished the Roundhouse is not the best place for them to show off. The Joy Formidable have always been into their fans and great them like old friends and...

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All Quiet Now: Bob Babbit

Motown bass player Bob Babbit, who appeared on tracks by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, has died aged 74. One of the last surviving members of Motown’s house band, the Funk Brothers, he died of complications from brain cancer in Nashville, Tennessee. Manager David Spero confirmed the news in a statement from Universal Music. Babbit featured on hit records such as Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. He was well known for decades among musicians, and laid down bass lines on Gaye’s songs Mercy Mercy Me and Inner City Blues,...

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