1980s Liverpool bands: 5 Great Sex Pistols Tracks (aka How I Learned To Play Bass)

1980s Liverpool bands: 5 Great Sex Pistols Tracks (aka How I Learned To Play Bass)

As I mention in Bombed Out!, inspired by Punk bands, I bought my first bass guitar using money saved from a paper round, when I was 16, in late 1978.

It was rubbish; it cost twenty quid, and I bought it from Cooks Stores, a second hand shop in Mount Pleasant, Waterloo, Liverpool, along with a practice amp for a fiver. I’ve still got the amp, but unfortunately I think I binned the guitar a few years ago, which I’m kicking myself about now.

Above Photo: I love this ad. It boasts the Sex Pistols Live in Concert "featuring" Sid Vicious, yet it shows GLEN MATLOCK on the ad. Matlock was the their first bass player, and the creative inspiration behind their early musical success. He was fired presumably for wearing his dad's thick corduroy trousers to Sex Pistols photo shoots and for habitually gurning at the camera.

Above Photo: I love this ad. It boasts the Sex Pistols Live in Concert “featuring” Sid Vicious, yet it shows GLEN MATLOCK on the ad. Matlock was the their first bass player, and the creative inspiration behind their early musical success. He was fired presumably for wearing his dad’s thick corduroy trousers to Sex Pistols photo shoots and for habitually gurning at the camera.

Once the guitar and amp were sorted, I then bought a “How to play the bass” chord book from Frank Hessy’s music shop in Liverpool City Centre, and I was all set.

The only way I could really learn to play the bass was by listening to Punk records and playing along with them, and working out what notes I was playing by referring to the book. Of course the best ones to learn to play along to had powerful but simple bass lines, and that’s why I came to rely on the Sex Pistols tracks.

Read the full article, see more photos and listen to the Sex Pistols tracks here: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/music/5-great-sex-pistols-tracks-aka-how-i-learned-to-play-bass/

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