Wednesday, 27 June 2012

JOHN ENTWISTLE...'THE OX'...THUNDERFINGERS'....THE GREATEST BASS PLAYER EVER! POPPED HIS CLOGS 10 YEARS AGO TODAY (R.I.P.)



For a long time the wildest loudest rock band bar none was THE WHO....KEITH MOON battering hell out of his drum kit :ROGER DALTRY and his leather lungs screaming out the lyrics of PETE TOWNSHEND, who was hitting and bending notes combining screaming  feedback from his tortured lead guitar....The three of them created a cacopheny of noise and chaos that was beyond comprehension or belief. But ,ironically the far corner ,the left to the fan ,opposite TOWNSHENDS  corner was occupied by the quietest of the band . JOHN ENTWISTLE ,known as 'THE OX'...'THUNDERFINGERS'...and for some odd reason' THE QUIET ONE?'....He plugged his bass guitar into the most powerful amplification system he could find and blew everybody away. He played his bass like a lead guitar ,not the thrumming two finger the way most bass players in most bands tend to do....He had to match KEITH MOON, who went all out to hit every drum ,gong and cymbal in front of him ,so ENTWISTLE played cords at blinding speeds to match and beat 'MOON THE LOON'. And he had to beat the other 3 for noise and he did . DALTRY and him had a few run ins as ENTWISTLE would have the amps so high ,the volume would physically hurt DALTREY. He dealt with power and tune, his fingers moved like a lead guitarist but thunder came out from every touch....He was stunning.

Even though he was a quiet bloke he loved 'life on the road' and him and KEITH MOON were the team that drank and caused the chaos. His death ,on the eve of a WHO tour in a hotel room with a few ladies of the night and the sniffy sniffy white powder wasn't totally suprising. The tour was partly to help ENTWISTLE out financially as he did like the good life. But 10 years have gone ,much to my suprise ,i didnt think it was that long ago ,but when you get to a certain age ,never mind the clock !...The bloody calendars start running faster

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

actually, JAE was with only one loose woman that night, not several :-)

Thud said...

Well thats one way to go out with a bang.

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

According to anonymous sources it was a bang and not several.

Anonymous said...

heh heh heh, though still a stupid move. JAE apparently knew he had 'heart problems' yet still did the blow - and look what happened :-(

Chris E said...

She was a dancer not a loose woman. There was only one. He had no idea he had heart problems. He had high blood pressure, was on medication for it, his levels were within normal range due to said medication. He had a medical before he went out on tour and was passed. The test could not show he had one artery 100% blocked and one 75%, would have required exploratory surgery. He did have a pain in his shoulder but put that down to excessive wearing of the heavy bass on strap while he practiced and rehearsed before tour. Only trace amounts were found of cocaine in his system. It did not kill him. Coroner's report did not say it lead to his death. Please get the facts right. Thank you.