Posted by Steve Schuett on February 11, 2002 at 12:37:36:
In Reply to: Are all lead guitarists a**holes? The one I play with is! posted by A on January 27, 2002 at 12:08:25:
: Good and bad news all rolled into one
: I play in a band with two guitarists (the lead guitarist sings, and is a real asshole) and recently i've been getting tired of it. So, i'm leaving the band
: "Why are you getting tired of it?" I hear you say. Because i'm tired of playing stuff that Richard (lead guitarist) wants to play. If he doesn't like it then we can't play it, and since our music tastes clash, i'm getting bored. Any ideas I have are instanly dismissed and Matthew (rhythm guitar) rarely makes a suggestion, so we always end up playing Richard's songs. The problem is that if you like indie / rock then that's great, but if you like something with a cool rhythm, something uplifting, something that makes you want to dance to, then your out of luck. Musically Richard is very close minded, and any attempts to tell him get a smart arse reply.
: Put simply, I play bass for me. I'm not going to be his little bass playing monkey. If I don't like any of the music then i'm not going to play it. I'd be happy to meet halfway and compromise, but he'll never play anything he doesn't like, so i've had enough.
: I don't like leaving Matthew (a friend) in the band without a bassist, but Richard can kiss my arse. If he thinks that he can tell everyone to play his songs without playing anything that the others like, then he's seriously mistaken.
: From now on they'll have to play with David Forde (the second bassist that we kicked out ages ago for being crap, he's not gotten much better I don't think).
: Anyway, I'm going to ask Garath Jones (he's in my form and has started to play guitar) if he wants to jam with me, then find a singer, who knows? Maybe Matthew will join us, I don't know. But I do know that i'd rather be in a rubbish band playing songs I love, then play in a good band playing music I can't stand.
: On the lighter side, at the weekend I saw bass beauty.
: A 1978 fender fretless p-bass in mint condition. It was unplayed, there was not a single mark on the fretboard. It had been under somebodys bed for over twenty years! Steve (the guy who works there) said that he'd e-mail Sting. I scoffed, but then again he may have been serious. That bass was priceless.
: I'd do anything to get my hands on that bass, so Sting better watch his back !
: Maybe he picked up a few jungle tricks while he was saving the rainforests, but i'll have a big gun!
: I've been typing for a while so i'll stop.
I know exactly what you mean about indie rock, and nothing but.. Being a bass player myself, I spent quite a while in a band that played all original political folk rock that made me want to gag.. I joined in Nov. 1991, and finally had enough and quit in Feb. 1994.. We played a lot of live shows, but to a lot of empty rooms, because the majority of folks want to hear songs they know and like.. Also any ideas I tried to make, were cast aside. Never again will I play somebodys original music, unless it's damn good stuff, and only a bit of it.. INDIE ROCK BLOWS CHUNKS!!!!!!!!!Any asshole can write songs. it doesn't mean they're any good..
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