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blatantly copying Bob-O ... why feel guilty?
>after this thread... now i'm really feeling guilty for my liner
>notes, where my credits of 'loops and treatments' is a direct,
>intentional cop from mr. eno. and 'bass vibrations' a direct and
>intentional cop from spacemen3.
I blatantly copy Bob, crediting myself on everything my band does to
Devices". I do not feel guilty about this, because ... well ... I just
figure there's quite a bit of humour in someone that lugs a Hammond and two
Leslies around and calls it "small and mobile" ... that is, a soul organist
who's as influenced by Bob Fripp as Booker T Jones strikes me as kind of
When I play a gig, they ask me if I like Jimmy Smith. I say "Nah ... that
an asshole." Then I point out the pewter KC (Thrak tour) pin on my lapel
say "that's my favourite band." Well, I have a lot of favourites ... but
always good to distance yourself as much from the genre you're operating
But, Bob is not the only thing I blatantly copy. Not by long shot.
I don't claim originality or creativity. I'm not here to "make a
do what I enjoy, and some people here in Peoria IL like what I do. I have
with the music. I will play the most banal covers you'll ever want to hear
the sort of stuff that prog peeps say is "lame" and Bob says is "the
act of being a professional musician". But right after I play "Fly Like An
Eagle", I'll throw that Isaac Hayes number ("Hung Up On My Baby") with the
extended ambient loop over the top of it. But I _never_ play a song I don't
My best friend's favourite band is Shellac. His last album sounds
Shellac with the singer from Blonde Redhead singing. He will not admit to
"influences". I think that's kind of funny.
I guess my point is that originality and creativity are subjective and
overrated. I'm very open about my influences, I put a bunch of stuff that
sense to me (but not to some of the people around me ... they have a hard
seeing the direct lines between concepts) in a pot and try to balance it
get it to sound good and harmonise. Like what Dave Torn said about
of concept ... that's my bag. I don't innovate. And I'm not one bit