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No blog on Monday, work crept in. Or, to be more accurate, it crashed through the front door like a runaway milk truck. I’ve just posted Sunday’s entry too, unaltered.

I see that The Who have recruited session bassist Pino Palladino for their tour. It’s a pretty good choice, since Pino is a top-notch player, but one who, in the past, has had a much more laid-back sound. He was in the house band at Buckingham Palace a few weeks ago, alongside Phil Collins and other session/backing band veterans. I see Pete Townshend has asked Pino to play “as loud as he can bear”, so that’s a start. Otherwise, about all he has in common with John Entwistle is height – they’re both way over 6 feet up.

Pino Palladino’s big break in the early 80’s was as a member of Paul Young’s band. For Paul’s main hits, including Tear Your Playhouse Down, Common People, and Everytime You Go Away, the producers liked his fretless bass work so much that they pushed it up in the mix, almost turning it into a lead instrument, which soon caught the ear of all kinds of bands and artists on both sides of the Atlantic. I particularly like his work with Don Henley, including the huge hit Sunset Grill, but my favourite work of Pino’s is Woman In Chains, by Tears For Fears. Since the late 80’s he’s been kept busy, and has gradually returned to more standard bass and more soulful playing. I think that he’s turning into another “unsung studio hero”, who will eventually be regarded in the same light as Carol Kaye or Leland Sklar.


Written by brian t

July 2, 2002 at 7:40 am

Posted in music

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