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Initial post: 31 Jul 2014 17:01:08 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
Recently bagged the deluxe version of Love by The Cult. Great guitar sounds but focus on the bass and it's pretty basic root & fifth stuff. Reading the credits you see all the tunes are written by Astbury/Duffy. So the bloke on bass, in the group photo, has had a pretty easy ride of it throughout their career. Other non-writing root note & fifth bass merchants in even more successful bands that comes to mind are Bill Wyman, the bloke in AC/DC and Adam Clayton. Away from the bass other spawney gets who've had a good ride are
Keith Flint and Maxim from The Prodigy
The other 3 in Black Eyed Peas apart from Will.i.am

So, any other candidates who've made a pretty cushy living from music without having to do too much?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 17:06:25 BDT
Brass Neck says:
John Oates of Hall & ....
Andrew Ridgley of Wham
Bez of the Happy Mondays

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 17:31:37 BDT
All those talentless dicks that use samples ripping off others folks ideas!!!!

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 17:52:20 BDT
RedAlFire says:
Disagree strongly with John Oates being chosen as he is a multi-instrumentalist and contributes greatly to the song writing.

Whilst primarily playing electric guitar and providing backing vocals, he also contributes other instruments in recordings and live performances. The two write most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 19:46:14 BDT
Gordon D says:
Sid Vicious is perhaps an obvious example, although whether he could be called lucky in the long run is questionable.

I was going to suggest the bloke with the tash in the Moody Blues (whose name, I've just discovered, is Ray Thomas) but apparently he made quite a big contribution in the band's early days.

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 20:16:07 BDT
How about Mickey Finn of T. Rex? Even Bolan admitted that his photogenic qualities were more important than his playing abilities when he decided to hire him. Mickey made his predecessor Steve Took seem like a Todd Rundgren-style whizz kid in comparison.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 20:20:21 BDT
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gille liath says:
Pretty much any bass player, actually. They're almost always the weak link, the talentless mate. Non-musicians think drums are the easy instrument, but it's bass by a mile. Other than that, Ringo is a good example. He was a better drummer than he often gets credit for, but still obviously not in the same class as the others.

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 20:32:30 BDT
TheFoe says:
That woman who plays drums from White Stripes, bet she's pissing herself laughing, easiest gig ever!!

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 20:34:23 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
What about that bloke in Boney M?

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 20:39:28 BDT
Gordon D says:
Bobby Farrell was a man of destiny. Having recorded (well, danced to) the great Boney M hit "Rasputin", based on the life of Grigori Yefimovic Rastuptin (died St Petersburg 29 Dec 19 1916), he subsequently died in St Petersburg on 29 Dec 2010. If only he could have held on for another 6 years...

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 20:48:41 BDT
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Brass Neck says:
Milli and indeed Vanilli. Neither sang a word on their (s)'hit', Girl You Know It's Poo.

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 21:17:42 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
Eno during his Roxy Music days. I seem to remember seeing him on The Old Grey Whistle Test playing, what looked like, a box consisting of one knob and a switch. Turned out to be a mighty fine musician though.

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 21:24:22 BDT
gille liath says:
Slightly OT, but how lucky is Denise Lewis to have her TV athletics gig? She's absolutely hopeless: talk about right place at the right time...

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 21:47:36 BDT
FDJ says:
Chas Smash of Madness, what does he do?

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 22:00:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2014 22:00:53 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Fearne Cotton; she survived the personality by-pass op so why do they keep cruelly exposing her consequent lack of talent with numerous yoof programme presenter gigs? Oh yeah, she's kinda purdee.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 22:04:35 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Same goes for Sarah Cox, not just useless, but useless with an irritating accent.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 22:06:22 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Kinda like Ms Cox, she's not awesome but neither is she awful (IMO).

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 22:11:11 BDT
T. Franklin says:
She could keep good time. I'd put Meg in the same class as Mo Tucker who was also not a "talented" drummer in the conventional sense. Nobody sneers at her though.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 22:13:33 BDT
gille liath says:
Personally I often find Scouse (and various other) accents irritating; but if someone talks sense, somehow the accent ceases to matter.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 22:18:50 BDT
Lez Lee says:
When Sarah stands in for Janice Long she chatters incessantly about shoes, clothes, kids, what to call her new dog......... and knows buggerall about music when she finally gets round to playing any.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 22:45:27 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Could not be any more annoying than Shaun Keaveny is at his worst.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2014 00:05:38 BDT
TheFoe says:
A trained monkey could keep good time though TF. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2014 02:35:14 BDT
Wharf Rat says:
Ray Thomas retired from the Moody blues in 2002 prior to his
retirement Ray suffered from severe gout in his legs and the onset
of diabetes....

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2014 05:45:05 BDT
T. Franklin says:
What's that make the average audience then? Collectively none of them seem able to clap in time for long. ;-)

Posted on 1 Aug 2014 08:41:00 BDT
Tikka says:
The rhythm section always gets little credit for what they do - providing a solid foundation for the guitar and keyboard noodling of the 'more talented' ones.

I'd reserve 'luckiest gigs' for anyone who is ok as a performer, and manages to find the right people to mix with. F'rinstance in Lizzy, Phil (bass and vocals) was the front man that people went to see, and went through a succession of (pretty good) guitarists in quite a short space of time.
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