I'd heard of Levin using Funky Fingers, didn't realize it came about that way, Dave. It doesn't surprise me the recorded version uses sticks; there's something ultra-percusive about the sound. Must've looked weird watching it done! I'm not into slapping around for the hell of it but, as mentioned above, Levin drops it in there for the lug-grabbing effect and wisely doesn't repeat it. One of my favourite little bass snips.

I'm hoping guitar-store tryouts are changing (buyers and sellers). I used to absolutely hate pushy sales types not pushing their product but their bent thumb "technique". The first thing I'd do with a bass is listen to the sound and arsing about with pops, taps and slaps is no use at all (same with amps). I remember taking an interest in a used cab in a shop. Plugged in, just grabbed a righty bass and played some very simple, Swell-type of bass line. Something sounded not right but, next thing I know, this guy yanks the bass off me and does the "I'll show you what it can do" routine.

budukka budduka gdank gdank diddle oodle widdle oddle danketty danketty yoooooh

meanwhile, the "in need of recone" driver is being ripped to pieces by this berk. I must've coughed "excuse me?" three or four times but he had his eyes closed as he carried on with this anal blast. Even the ring from the shop door as I walked out didn't stop him.


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