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Did "Seinfeld" ruin slap bass???? Keyboard Synthesizers
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Did "Seinfeld" ruin slap bass????

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Old 4 days ago
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yes lol ... but someone can make it cool again if its done in the right way
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No, that was Kajagoogoo.

Seinfeld brought it back as a kitschy tongue and cheek "comedy" effect.

And then it went out again.

And someday, it will come back.

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IMO it was done in the mid 80s long before Seinfeld.. Although if that theme song were 'grunge rock' it would be the equivalent of a Seether or Creed song which was just complete tired.
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I'd say it was the other way round. For years I couldn't watch the show simply because I couldn't make it past the opening credits/music (which I never saw as 'tongue in cheek'.)
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No, I think too many bad "funk" songs did it, where the only semblance of funk was the slap bass and 9th chords. I still like slap applied judiciously; Return to Forever, when they returned, had Stanley Clarke still doing it right. A few others, like Stu Hamm, can use it right (and intentionally over-use it, like "Country Music - a Night in Hell"). But listen to him on his solo albums or Gambale/Hamm/Smith to hear it pop out every now'n'then (I know, bad pun...).
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I'm a "real" bass player, and I've always been conflicted about slap. It takes a lot of time and practice to really get it down, but it's so not worth it.
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It ruined fake slap bass.
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It was fake. It was one of those small synth modules that made that sound. I remember playing with one back in the 1980's. It's all Stanley Clarke's fault.
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It was fake. It was one of those small synth modules that made that sound. I remember playing with one back in the 1980's. It's all Stanley Clarke's fault.
Stanley in turn would say it was all Larry Graham's fault.
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It was fake. It was one of those small synth modules that made that sound. I remember playing with one back in the 1980's. It's all Stanley Clarke's fault.
Classic Korg M1.
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I was surprised to see this was a sampler thing. Gotta give that guy credit for being talented and creative.
Old 3 days ago
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Fundamentally I think slap bass ruined slap bass.
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Now I remember, it was a small box called the "Midi Bass". It had an eprom with those samples loaded.
Old 3 days ago
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It's just a bit out of fashion, that's all.
The Seinfeld thing was a synth emulation.


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Poor Walter Becker RIP.... so sad about that still
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Well, Primus, and later bands like Korn, were obviously heavily influenced by the Seinfeldcore genre.
Old 3 days ago
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Hah, no, wrong.

"The Night Court theme", begat from Barney Miller (that wasn't slap but ... geez, there was a time.. in music stores.. ahrgh)
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Well, Primus, and later bands like Korn, were obviously heavily influenced by the Seinfeldcore genre.
By those criteria, Flea is total SeinCore. But the ripped, shirtless torso makes it okay.

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Hah, no, wrong.

"The Night Court theme", begat from Barney Miller (that wasn't slap but ... geez, there was a time.. in music stores.. ahrgh)
Night Court was so good.
Old 3 days ago
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I think South Park came first
Night Court was the best, and I"m old enough to remember Barney Miller, which i loved
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I think South Park came first
Beavis and Butthead.
Old 3 days ago
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wait, i can't remember the tune for beavis and butthead, what was it??
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wait, i can't remember the tune for beavis and butthead, what was it??
Ah...brain fart.

But if you're talking notable TV theme bass lines after Barney Miller, CHiPs is one.
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Well, Primus, and later bands like Korn, were obviously heavily influenced by the Seinfeldcore genre.
Still alive and kicking today in stuff like this (47 seconds if it doesn't take you there):

YouTube
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wait, i can't remember the tune for beavis and butthead, what was it??
It went like hrrr, hrrr, hrrrrr. hhrrr.
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This is probably one of the best thread topics I've seen anywhere. Haha!
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Still alive and kicking today in stuff like this (47 seconds if it doesn't take you there):

YouTube
Oh thats just awful...
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It went like hrrr, hrrr, hrrrrr. hhrrr.
No, that's LaGrange by ZZ Top
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