The Bassist: Scott Thunes Interview

Interview with Scott Thunes in the January 2011 issue of Bass Guitar Magazine (found: Idiot Bastard).

31 Responses to “The Bassist: Scott Thunes Interview”

  1. Nowski says:

    Anybody else wondered how you get to read the interview (except for buying the magazine of course)?

  2. Thinman says:

    People make magazines in order to sell them.

    Th.

  3. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Nowski:

    Anybody else wondered how you get to read the interview (except for buying the magazine of course)?

    Not a clue at all – but that photo up there, it speaks… volumes 🙂

  4. Nowski says:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    Not a clue at all – but that photo up there, it speaks… volumes 🙂

    It certainly does. As a matter of fact – after trodging across mile after mile of his navel-gazing tundra of a blog at geoscott.com, this is exactly the way I imagined him.

  5. P-Rip says:

    It’s always a shock to see that other people have aged. 😉 It’s especially true of many Zappa alumni who rarely pass this way. You sort-of get to know them only from album photos, so they seem ageless. Then you see them live and it’s…”Shit, they got old!” On a related note, it’s evident what “life on the road” did to Tommy Mars by comparing how he looks on the Baby Snakes video vs. the Torture video. The performances are only what..5 years apart?

  6. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Thinman:

    People make magazines in order to sell them.

    Th.

    Quite true. In the meantime:

    http://www.cidanka.nl/keneally/stbp0397.htm

  7. Robert says:

    I never met the guy personally (of course), but i like what i read from him and about him. Seems that he tries to be honest and actively takes the risk of pissing people off. I’m of course slightly biased because he has been working in a realm similar to mine for several years, so for example the notion of a consultant being a moron by definition rings quite a few bells in my memory.

  8. Nowski says:

    Actually it seems like he sees pissing of people as a way of life.

    I mean: 7 out 10 guys in the 1988 band thought he was an asshole, so maybe there’s something to it?

  9. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Nowski:

    Actually it seems like he sees pissing of people as a way of life.

    I mean: 7 out 10 guys in the 1988 band thought he was an asshole, so maybe there’s something to it?

    7 out of 10 people think I’m an asshole. I take that as a sort of compliment. One cannot go through life trying to be everyone’s best buddy. I may not personally “like” Scott Thunes as a person, but I respect him as a musician, and really, that’s all that matters.

  10. Dark Clothes says:

    I don’t think 7 out 10 KUR people feel that way about you, UG!

    Which reminds me of a dialogue from Playground Psychotics: “How many of the girls you’re with have found about you?”

    Dunbar: “None, but they still quite like me…”

    Which isn’t logical, but understandable in the context.

    In the case of Thunes (and Urban Graffito), the situation is a bit different – people haven’t found out about you, and they think you’re assholes, while you’re really honest to God great guys 🙂

  11. urbangraffito says:

    DC, I’m speaking most of all of the 7 out 10 people who don’t grasp my sardonic sense of humor. The remaining three are often fans of Zappa, too, and like most Zappa fans that I have known in my life, their sense of humor has been quite skewed and obtuse (like mine). While some artists are content to just be clownish in their humor, Zappa’s humor almost always had a unique bite to it that I relish to this day – which I confess, influenced my own dark black sardonic humor. Indeed, some of my very best friends have also been some of the biggest, most unique assholes I’ve ever known. In this day and age it takes guts to stand out and be your own asshole. It always made me wonder why Zappa chose to read Burrough’s “The Talking Asshole” on tape given all that Burroughs had written? Secretly, I think FZ admired those who spoke their minds regardless of the immediate consequences.

  12. Nowski says:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    7 out of 10 people think I’m an asshole.

    Maybe so, but I guess that those 7 never quit their job in the worlds greatest band because of you?

    I think you’ll have to be a very serious asshole to make that happen.

  13. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Nowski:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    7 out of 10 people think I’m an asshole.

    Maybe so, but I guess that those 7 never quit their job in the worlds greatest band because of you?

    I think you’ll have to be a very serious asshole to make that happen.

    Agreed. Takes a very serious asshole to accomplish that. Still, from my understanding Thunes was only implementing Zappa’s directives. When Zappa did it, he was a stern authoritarian bandleader, yet when Thunes did it, he was an asshole the rest of the band wanted to be rid of. Though I wish the 88 tour were longer, I think FZ did the correct thing by cutting his losses and going home.

  14. Nowski says:

    I just wish people could play fantastic music AND be nice, but 1 out of 2 is better than nothing, I guess.

  15. Robert says: