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Re: be gentle

	Unfortunately for all, the stereotype about women being "just" 
the bass player in bands continues unabated.  Touring Ontario, there are 
countless times in my own experience when, because I play in a band with 
a woman, and we both carry in amps of aproxamatly equal size, I am asked 
as a matter of course to do the soundcheck for the guitar because I'm the 
boy with the amp.
	But seriously, on the talent and inspiration tip, tons of bass 
players are about as exciting as wallpaper, which isn't to say they 
aren't talented, but rather unexceptional.  Maybe some of you don't 
notice the boring guys playing exactly what's expected of them, but 
you're more liable to notice a woman playing poorly 'cuz you still see 
her as the exception on stage, and think she has to work twice as hard to 
be able to play with the boys.  That subtle sexist attitude sucks maybe 
more than overt sexism because it's harder to recognise and talk about.
	Excellent bass players who happen to be women: Leslie Langston on 
the first three Throwing Muses records, Joyce from Scarce, Rachel Melas, 
Kira of Black Flag and Dos, the players in Live Skull, Rat at Rat R, 
Pixies, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Plum Tree, Raincoats, Au Pairs, 
and Jale to name a few.
	And REALLY, would the world be a better place with more Les 
Claypools of any gender?  Seriously, if WIGGIDA WIDDLY WIGGADA WACK WACK 
extremely fast is your idea of good bass paying, then there's a whole 
other topic for discussion.
	Yeah, Chris Murphy is a cool bass player because he grooves in an 
understated way on record; as for live, I havn't always been sure that 
paying bass is really what he's interested in most, and I'm sure that 
it's his songwriting, not his bass playing, that earns him a place in 
many people's record collections.  If he didn't sing, I'm not sure we'd 
discuss his playing .
				Low-end Cheers, Lukas

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