Tags : | Rock | 6.96 MB | Ableton Live

Description : Jim plays his own version of the Link Wray classic Switchblade. I believed he used an Epiphone ES 335 Pro, custom setup, through an old Fender reverb tank, a few pedals(a Rat and a tremolo i can't recall the name of) into an old Fender Princeton. It's definitely harder and heavier than the original. I did the bass and arrangement, mixing. This one goes out to vigwig, hey Vic!

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  1. wikkid
    wikkid on Fri 15th Mar 2019 - 1 year ago


    This is a wonderful, edgy rendition of Switchblade. This is what I call "dangerous" music. Go on witcha bad self. Bravo to Jimmy Stiles.

    You're so right. Link Wray was ahead of his time. That pompador, swagger and talent influenced so many guitarists who are now revered.

    My fav is his redition of "Unchain my heart":

    But OMG Fire and Brimstone:

    Link was bad and cool without even trying. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    Of course I'm marking this as a fave.

  2. mildperil
    mildperil on Fri 8th Mar 2019 - 1 year ago

    Awesome track. I love it when I can quite anticipate what sound might be coming and just get lost in the instruments, it makes it so much more interesting.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Reply by theHumps

    Appreciate the visit and the comment. Jim can play some pretty cool stuff and pretty much took the song to another level.



  3. HenryPascal
    HenryPascal on Fri 8th Mar 2019 - 1 year ago

    Oh yeeeeeessssss! Magic intro, i love the drumming, how the guitars turn it around... magic bassline! This track is full of compliment, what can i say more, but that one day i would like to use some real guitars in my songs and not vst ones!!! Magic!

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks! I wish i could play guitar this good, he rocks.

    There are some good guitar simulation programs out there, they are getting better but it's nothing like a human performing with an instrument.

    Appreciate the comments!


  4. MWRatridge
    MWRatridge on Thu 28th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    All around this is a win. Great guitar and bass playing. It has a live sound that keeps you glued. Nice work. Keep 'em coming.

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks Mark! Jim is a big fan of Link's music so doing this song was fun to put together and arrange for me and Jim got to go nuts on a favorite song of his. Kept the drums and bass close to the original and Jim did his thang on guitars, he went nuts, ha!

    See ya Mark!


  5. DijamMusic
    DijamMusic on Thu 28th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    Wow Wayne, I love it mate.
    Very nice work I bet you Jimbo had something to do with it.
    It is a Favourite strat away Ha Ha.
    Please give him my very best mate.
    Well done to both of you.

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks for swinging by jamid, yeah Jim and I had something to do with it, ha!



  6. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Thu 28th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    Wooo...what an entertaining piece of 70's style rock music. This raw energetic stuff is really punchy. In addition to your own great work you also make splendid collabs like this one...instant fav for sure !

    Big compliments______Leon

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks Leon! Link Wray was a man ahead of his time when it came to distortion and hard rock back in the mid 50's.

    Hard to believe there are rnb and hip hop artists in the Rock n Roll HOF before Link Wray, what a shame he isn't in it when i consider him a founding father of r n r. Crazy....


  7. PatriciaEdwards
    PatriciaEdwards on Wed 27th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    Hey there Mr. Humps. This is so much run listening to. I think I had a sort of psychedelic experience I hope I can come back from. From beginning to the end this was musically captivating and I want more!!!! :-) Love the intro!!

    Reply by theHumps

    I hope your recovery is slow and enjoyable, ;)!

    Thanks Patricia for swinging by, good to see you around!


  8. ClickbaitCabaret
    ClickbaitCabaret on Tue 26th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    It's got a Peter Gunn vibe. Cool.

    Reply by theHumps

    Many of Link Wray's songs have that Peter Gunn feel, it's a great hook just played differently.



  9. danke
    danke on Tue 26th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    very cool Wayne

    fantastic groovy and yesss, it's hard nearly heavy :-)
    your collab with Jimmy are always get a fantastic result as now...
    just like a band play live in a festival at around the 70th...

    thanx for the upload, fav, dl, handshake, Danke

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks man, my ears are still bleeding from the session, lol!

    I have a new idea going with Jim, just putting it together, a rockabilly cover. He plays by instinct, feel. When we record i ask him to prepare and listen to the song, play along with it but not to learn specific parts. He just lets it rip, i totally love this approach when working with him.


  10. mrwolf14
    mrwolf14 on Tue 26th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    Outstanding guitar work. Kudos to Jimmy :-)
    But you did your part very well: good production, solid bass line with a very consistent sound.
    Keep up rocking!

    Reply by theHumps

    There is always some things to adjust after a "final mix" so i am never totally happy with my mixes, you just gotta move on at some point. Lots of effects on the guitars presented a few issues i haven't run into often but after a few mixes things sorta fell in place.

    Yeah, Jim rocks, ha!



  11. Nous2
    Nous2 on Tue 26th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    Pas mal ton track !! tu as l'air de t'amuser :)

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks, glad you liked it!


  12. Neomorpheus
    Neomorpheus on Mon 25th Feb 2019 - 1 year ago

    Man you can tell those are some heavy gauge strings from that pick drag! My fingers are blistering up just listening to it! (ha ha) Cool track Wayne ! I love me some good Rockabilly. Epiphone hollow bodies are awesome guitars man. My Dad had an early 60's model Silvertone that he bought from Sears. It was a sweet guitar which I believe was actually manufactured by Danelectro. He could play this kind of stuff. You guys nailed it here bro, and props to you on that bass track. I hope you slicked your hair back and rolled up the t-shirt sleeves daddy-o. Makes me want to fire up the Merc and head to Mel's for a malt and flirt with the teeny boppers !!!

    Reply by theHumps

    Good ears, yes he does use heavy gauge strings. Great old song but maybe not as old as you might think. Even though songs like Rumble were done as early as '56, this one was done quite a bit later in 1979, sure surprised me.

    I learned to play acoustic on a Silvertone. Nice sound, bad action = bloody fingertips but honestly, I wish that borrowed guitar was still in my possession. Yup Danelectro made those for Sears.

    Bass track i stuck to the original runs, no need to mess with that, used a 55 Gretch drum set in EZ Drummer, killer kick sound!

    Thanks for stopping by, check out Norms Rare Guitars and their "guitar of the day" vids, completely awesome way to learn about guitars, especially the ones that matter.


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