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Old 09-14-2018, 02:07 PM   #1
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Fonzi "The Best Of What's Around" interview

Haven't found any thread.
Very interesting interview with Lessard. Lot of inside details..
Also Fonzies current set up

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Our previous record, Away From the World, was really organic and took us back to our first producer, Steve Lillywhite. It was a fun record to make, but I don’t think it was received the way we wanted it to be.
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“Again and Again,” which did make the album, is actually the first true slap-bass song that has ever been on a DMB album
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Even though there are bass lines on certain tunes that I’ve updated to fit my current style, I have a hard time with the older songs. Everyday [2001] and beyond would be my favorite material to play live
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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Nice read, thanks for posting.

It's interesting to me that he is not all that fond of the way he wrote his bass lines for the big 3. I've always thought he did a great job there. Of course he is excellent on Come Tomorrow as well.
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:21 PM   #3
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That's an unfortunate quote.
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:35 PM   #4
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So Fonz's favorite albums to play live are Everyday, Stand Up, Big Whiskey, and Come Tomorrow.

Wow.

Someone needs to tell him it's okay to completely update ALL of his previous bass lines to accommodate his current style. I think the vast majority of fans would either not notice or completely love it.
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:28 PM   #5
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Given Fonz’ age and the fact that he was sort of the kid in the band during the big three, I’m not surprised that he enjoys playing the later stuff more, when he probably felt more comfortable and confident writing parts.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:22 PM   #6
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If by "modern take" he means boring then by all means this cd is what they are looking for
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:28 PM   #7
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With the full context of his quote, it makes a lot of sense and is definitely something I can understand and respect:

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It definitely has. I was 16 when I joined the band, and I had been playing bass for only a year and a half, if that, and my experience was all on upright. That’s a different headspace, a different stance, a different technique, and pretty much different everything. I can’t get away from those early bass lines, but I feel that they’re wrong. My technique was wrong, my fingering was wrong, I was looking at patterns instead of chordal structures—I was mainly focusing on what Dave was doing on the guitar. Even though there are bass lines on certain tunes that I’ve updated to fit my current style, I have a hard time with the older songs. Everyday [2001] and beyond would be my favorite material to play live. That was after I had progressed for 10 or 15 years and I knew more about modes, scales, chords, and placement.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:41 AM   #8
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Very nice read.
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Old 09-15-2018, 03:29 AM   #9
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I still think Crush has his best bass line. Or riff, whatever.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:08 AM   #10
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I love what he does on Nancies. And while yes, his Crush line formed the base of that song, we have to appreciate Dreaming Tree as one of his best as well.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:09 AM   #11
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I guess Ballard's charts helped him understand proper technique.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:58 PM   #12
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Maybe the big 2 but his bass work on BTCS is incredible. Stay, Crush and Dreaming Tree is some of his best work
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:03 AM   #13
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Fonzi "The Best Of What's Around" interview

He’s great on Rapunzel and Stone, too. He killed those first three records. Actually, Fonz has never had a BAD idea (save Hunger). He just has ideas (musically) that are better than others.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:29 AM   #14
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Stefan is the MVP on Come Tomorrow.
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:17 PM   #15
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Heís great on Rapunzel and Stone, too. He killed those first three records. Actually, Fonz has never had a BAD idea (save Hunger). He just has ideas (musically) that are better than others.
Hunger could have been better - it just got the Stand Up treatment.
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:53 PM   #16
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Warehouse bassline for life.
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Warehouse bassline for life.
love that bassline. One of the ones I felt compelled to learn when I started getting into bass and DMB. Love how it plays with the guitar part. 2 unique and excellent parts.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:02 PM   #18
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love that bassline. One of the ones I felt compelled to learn when I started getting into bass and DMB. Love how it plays with the guitar part. 2 unique and excellent parts.
Itís like youíre quoting stoned me in 2000 in college. Had this very same conversation with people numerous times.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:51 AM   #19
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It definitely has. I was 16 when I joined the band, and I had been playing bass for only a year and a half, if that, and my experience was all on upright. That’s a different headspace, a different stance, a different technique, and pretty much different everything. I can’t get away from those early bass lines, but I feel that they’re wrong. My technique was wrong, my fingering was wrong, I was looking at patterns instead of chordal structures—I was mainly focusing on what Dave was doing on the guitar. Even though there are bass lines on certain tunes that I’ve updated to fit my current style, I have a hard time with the older songs. Everyday [2001] and beyond would be my favorite material to play live. That was after I had progressed for 10 or 15 years and I knew more about modes, scales, chords, and placement.
This is fucking depressing. The best material was the first three albums and 10 years....who cares if it wasn't technical enough? It's what MADE the band.

Come on.....

Dave's unique playing style is gone and I guess Stefan's goes with it........
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:46 AM   #20
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Fonzi "The Best Of What's Around" interview

This band wouldn’t know their best work if it punched them in the teeth
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