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John Entwistle vs. Bruce Foxton?

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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 9:23:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 9:25:08 AM PDT
bass boy says:
Philip, I agree that The Who were/are the best. There's not really any other band that played with that wild, unhinged excitement, raw power and on-going energy like The Who. Jimi Hendrix had it, but as an entire ensemble, there's just something pure about The Who. I love that whole fire-in-the-belly style of playing. I love Rush, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, etc. too, but The Who just had that irreplaceable do-or-die performance ethic. I'm hoping that the new DVD reissue of the 1979 "Quadrophenia" movie will open the doors for rare, archival footage of The Who to be placed on DVD - how about a DVD that includes the promo videos and stray TV clips that weren't included on the "Who's Better, Who's Best" DVD? How about cleaned up (as good as they can be) concert films from the 1970s with Moon on drums? I vote yes, and yes! :)

Posted on May 18, 2012 10:38:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 10:52:47 AM PDT
Bass Boy ~

"Quadrophenia" is the favorite record of many that like The Who and I always found it odd as that one is most un-Who-like of any record the band ever made and it was influenced by records such as "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Tubular Bells" and it could not be duplicated on stage for the live show by a four man Who. Pete, wanted a horn section and a keyboard player to play Quadrophenia on stage in 1973 and the other guys said no and the voted to keep it a foursome as that is what the fans wanted to see.

The Who knew even before Keith passed out on angel dust (in front of me and 17,000 other crazy teenaged wastelands) in the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca. that it was going to be very impossible for the band to stay in-synch with a pre-recorded backing tape as The Who could start a song in 4/4 time and end up playing faster or slower as was their style of improv and abandon back then.

As for the DVD material, there is plenty to see and hear and I had a copy of the VHS tape of: "Who's Better, Who's Best" that I purchased in Woolworth's in Thurso, Scotland back in 1986 and there was some fantastic footage to be found there that was lifted from TV performances and footage sent to the band from fans that has taped shows in the sixties/seventies. When the band let that guy put together: "The Kid's Are Alright" it's the cut-and-paste style of the material that makes it work in proper Who-style and it is the number one rock film of many (and we both know that it is!) and Pete said The Who were lucky cos' so much of the live show was transfered to film stock. Chris Stamp was an actor and he saw The Who (as did Kit) as theater from the first time he watched them play in a small club in 1964 and he knew the whole deal was of movie legend.

There was a ton of footage of The Who (promos, homemade, and live concerts) but, I wonder how much of this film stock is now gone forever.

Posted on May 18, 2012 11:03:04 AM PDT
bass boy says:
Wow, Philip, you saw the famous Cow Palace gig? Whoa, that is super cool. Did you ever buy any Who T-shirts or posters or tour books when you saw them back then? I'm hesitant to say that I have eight (or is it nine?) Who tour shirts dating back to my first Who show, in 2000. Lol! Yeah, I'm a Who junkie. Ha ha. They put out the nicest tour books since 2000, too. They're big, almost like books, and contain great photos. They're one of the few bands that still puts out tour books these days.

Posted on May 18, 2012 11:54:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 12:28:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 1:54:53 PM PDT
They deleted my post, (and I didn't use bad words) but that was a cheap shot.
Yup, I was at the Cow Palace show of November 1973 and an (then unknown) band called Lynyrd Skynyrd opened the show and nobody was really paying attention to the Skynyrd boys until they played their final number and I remember that song as they announced it as "Freebird." The Skynyrd boys pulled out all the stops on that number and played like a house on fire. Well, everybody was outta their seats and screamin' their heads off and they did pretty well for an unknown band and it isn't easy to open for The Who.

Who concerts I attended:

San Fran Civic: Decemeber 1971
Cow Palace: November 1973
Anaheim Staduim: March 1976
The Who "Big Band" of 1989: Toronto, Canada
Foxboro, Mass & New York City
Quadrophenia show 1996: San Jose, Ca.
Neil Young's Bridge Concerts of 1999
30 & 31 October at Shoreline Amp. (acoustic Who)
and the last one:
Marysville, ca in the summer of 2000

I got a shirt from Anaheim that I wore until it evaporated of the 1975 Who with Roger in vest and Keith in the ESSO shirt and I have a poster of the Cow Palace show and I found the t-shirt at Winterland, SF in 73 or 74 that has the poster image of the owl and the castle.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 10:14:04 PM PDT
bass boy says:
Sweet, Philip! I have eight or nine shirts and four tour books from three tours. :)

Posted on May 24, 2012 10:54:41 AM PDT
I've seen both of them play live (Foxton with the Jam and Entwisle with the Who, sadly sans Moon). I would'nt state a preference but would say both players contribute tremendously to making a trio of bass, drums and guitar sound more than the sum of its parts. As to the actual tone of the bass, there's something about Foxton's sound I really like.

Posted on May 24, 2012 12:12:44 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Foxton was HUGE on "Sound Affects" as was the rest of the Jam on that solid LP.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 12:16:57 PM PDT
Bruce also sounds great on Stiff Little Fingers'
"Guitar And Drum" and "Get A Life". Heavy duty.

Posted on May 24, 2012 12:22:50 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
I will have to check SLF out...thanks Tom

Posted on May 24, 2012 12:45:03 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 7:22:51 PM PDT
you won't be disappointed. You mentioned Foxy
being HUGE on "Sound Affects" - "Music For The
Last Couple" is about as THICK as you can get.

Posted on May 24, 2012 8:13:55 PM PDT
Not even close... THE OX... THUNDER FINGERS... Mr. Entwistle!

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 3:50:07 PM PDT
... thick as thieves us, we'd stick together for all time!

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 5:47:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 5:48:13 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
Attention fans of THE JAM

I just saw a listing for Bruce Foxton & From The Jam, playing October 9 @ Shank Hall in Milwaukee.
I haven't found any other USA dates listed, and there's nothing on the FTJ site yet.

A friend of mine has seen FTJ in the UK several times, and tells me they're an amazing band!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012 1:15:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2012 4:41:06 PM PDT
Like a perfect stranger, you came into my life
And like the perfect lone ranger, you rode away...

FTJ will hit the states full tour late 2012.

Posted on May 31, 2012 2:11:25 PM PDT
daniel says:
Bruce Foxton? James Jamerson.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 5:17:13 PM PDT
A. Strong says:
Since I last posted here many months ago I have heard some of the music of The Jam and Bruce Foxton is good....But, John Entwistle is the master of bass guitar playing and he sets the bar way up where most others cannot reach.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 5:23:31 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
The Bruce Foxton/From The Jam US Tour has been postponed until March of 2013. I had tix to see him on 10/19,
but apparently there were some visa problems that couldn't be sorted out in in time.
Foxton has just released his 2nd solo album, entitled "Back In The Room".

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 5:24:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2012 5:25:40 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:

EDIT: Our posts must've crossed in the ether, Two Tub Man.

I'm sure this old news for all fans of The Jam and SLF, but Foxton's solo CD (his Sophomore release, almost thirty years in the making) just came out over in the UK. Heard one track and the chap who sings in From the Jam sounds like I (and some others) wish Weller still sounded, Russell Hastings is it? If the rest of the album is that brilliant, I don't even care about the expanded edition of The Gift (or was it Sound Affects?) coming out with the Style Council songs Paul demoed with Rick and Bruce.

Waiting on it and two Jasper Carrott discs to make it across the pond. Hoping they'll be here when I drive South in a few weeks for mum's birthday.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 5:49:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2012 5:50:04 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
I was hoping to pick up Foxton album at the FTJ gig, but I'll have to grab it through Amazon. There's a guy
in the UK selling 'em for $13.05 + shipping. Weller appears on a few tracks, but no Buckler.
I'll pass on the deluxe version of "The Gift", for now at least, but I'll eventually grab the "Sound Affects"
deluxe set. That's my favorite of their incredible catalog.
Digging through my closet recently, I found a Jam t-shirt I bought at a gig at The Park West in Chicago
in April, 1980, on the "Setting Sons" tour. It says XL on the label, but it's actually probably the equivalent
of a small or medium t-shirt nowadays.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 6:29:12 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
zoverstocks, Two Tub? That's where my copy as well as the Jasper Carrott discs are coming from. Never tried it, but at that price, you really can't resist it, can ya?

As far as the expanded editions of The Jam, I'm debating them. I had to pay out the nose the first time around for the single discs as a few of them were either Mobile Fidelity gold discs (All Mod Cons/Sound Affects twofer) or import (Setting Sons and The Gift). Do I really want to finance more trips for Mr. Weller to Ben Sherman?
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