Paul Young: “Wherever I Lay My Hat” Live, with Pino Palladino (1985)

I never cared for the 80’s music scene (then or now).

But when I listen to Paul Young’s recordings, I’m amazed how Pino Palladino‘s bass lines have aged so well, even if the rest of the music of that era hasn’t.

Here’s Paul Young and company performing the laid back, fretless-focused “Wherever I Lay My Hat”, live in 1985 at Rockpalast.

Once again, try to ignore the hair. And the sunglasses.

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  1. Nice! But the jam was “I’ going to tear your playhouse down”!

  2. It was originally written by Marvin Gaye and always had this reggae feel to it, that’s why I always liked the Sanchez reggae version of this tune.

  3. The Palladin! If you hang on for a bit, I’ll post a pub gig he did recently…

    • Been taken offline. Shame, it was him and Hamish Stuart, Jim Mullen and Graham Harvey amongst others performing “I’ll Be Around” at Hamish’s pub.

  4. Pino is one of my bass gods. And my favourite fretless player, hands down.

    As for the music of the 80s – I’d say it was much better than majority of today’s “radio friendly” stuff… What we had then? We had Paul Young, we had Duran Duran (yes, I admit, I’m a fan), we had Level 42, we had Toto! And now? Barbies singing through vocoders and heavy use of autotune. Don’t tell me it’s better than those “plastic” 80s…

  5. So 80’s- So Fret Less- So Cool!

  6. R&B pop bass playing at its’ BEST!

  7. Sidenote: fretless Stingrays sound so good…

  8. Need Video w/ Paul Numan.

  9. How can you lump all of the 80’s together? There was so much to love about music in the 80’s even if you don’t love the pop stuff (Michael Jackson or Peter Gabriel?) – the proliferation of the hardcore and general indie movements, the mass splintering of the metal genre (thrash-, speed-, funk-, industrial-metal, etc.), the birth of hip-hop, and plenty of great alternative and avantgarde music, all while laying all the ground work necessary for most of the great albums of the 90s to be possible! I need to pick on people who say the 80’s sucked as much as I do the people that say music today sucks. There’s always great music out there. ALWAYS! Fantastic website, anyway! :)

    • Well, Chris… I lived through it ;) Seriously though, you’re right, there has to be something. But as I sit here, I’m trying hard to remember an album or song I love from that decade. There has to be one… but my brain can’t seem to remember any. I think the overuse of electronic instruments is what bothers me more than anything else.

    • Well, it’s all subjective so there’s nothing wrong with not liking something. Just to get this straight, you don’t like 80’s albums/songs from Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Talking Heads, or Paul Simon? Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, X, or Fugazi? Pixies, Tom Waits, REM, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, or My Bloody Valentine? Metallica, Slayer, Nine Inch Nails, Big Black, or Ministry? Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, or Living Colour? Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, or Eric B. & Rakim? Jaco Pastorius, Eberhard Weber, or Pat Metheny? That just seems like an awful lot to throw away every album and every song!

      • Maciek Szczepa?ski

        I would put these: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and NIN in the 90s, their greatest stuff came in this decade.

  10. I have been known to argue heavily that Pino’s bass line on Paul Young’s “Every time you go away”… is the most impeccably crafted bass line in Pop music history….

  11. Great bass part although for me, personally, I don’t care for the tone that Pino is using, but it does fit the era. On the other hand that sound, that distinctive, airy fretless tone works perfectly in Don Henley’s “In a New York Minute.”

  12. Phillip

    Can’t help thinking that Paul Young looks just like Ray Liotta.