From the Bottom: The Greatest Synthpop Bass Line Ever

In this video, I’ll revisit an iconic bass line that has haunted me since childhood and the brilliant bassist that wrote it and played it, and blew us all away in the process.

Diving into 1983’s “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo and the amazing bass line that made Nick Beggs a giant among men!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Paul Thompson has been playing bass professionally for over 30 years, including recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recent playing credits include Bob Reynolds, John Pizzarelli, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Bob James, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area with the THOTH Trio, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and many other musicians in the city's rich Jazz community. An educator of over 25 years, Paul currently teaches Jazz Bass at Duquesne University, West Virginia University, and his alma mater, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School.

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  1. Rob

    Love all of Begg’s work with Steven Wilson. He’s utterly brilliant on both the bass and Chapman stick.

  2. Brian Morrissey

    Spot on with that feel of blues..Check out another bassist by the name of Scott Spray ..Love to hear your intake…l

  3. Jim Ford

    Wow, Paul, I remember the song from the 1980s, but I never paid attention to the killer bass part before! Thanks for turning me on to Nick Beggs! Not a big fan of those 80s synth pop songs, but now I know to look out for hidden gems in the bass parts. God bless you!