Bombay-born and London-bred, Norman Watt-Roy has cemented a fearsome reputation, both live and in on record, as one of the all-time great British bass players.
Coming to prominence through his work on Ian Dury & The Blockheads (the effervescent, 16th note melody that drives Dury's 1979 UK #1 hit single "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" remains one of THE best bass performances committed to tape), Norman has also appeared on Nick Lowe's classic "Jesus Of Cool" LP, The Clash's "Sandinista" and "Cut The Crap" albums, provided the original bass lines to Frankie Goes To Hollywood's global mega-hits "Relax" and "Two Tribes" as well as lending his powerhouse talents to sessions for Rachel Sweet, Jona Lewie, The Selecter, Wreckless Eric, Madness & Nick Cave.
The last decade has seen him continue to work - apparently constantly! - with The Blockheads and veteran rhythm 'n' blues guitar slinger, Wilko Johnson. 2013 heralds a new milestone in Norman's 46 year long career as he steps out to front his own outfit - Norman Watt-Roy & Friends - in support of his very first solo album "Faith & Grace".
And we're pleased to report that for the last three years, Norman has spent life on the road exclusively with his Bass Centre 'Blockhead' signature bass...
Part of The Bass Centre's "British Bass Masters" Series, The 'Blockhead' Bass is custom made in the Czech Republic and designed in conjunction with the great man himself. Re-created in the spirit of his original workhorse, the pre-CBS 1962 shoreline gold Jazz Bass that was his main recording and stage bass from the mid-80's, as well as being informed by Norman's own specifications, this superb instrument features a super-slim 60's profile neck, alder body, rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan pickups, Badass bridge, aged reverse tuners and a slightly distressed, classic gold finish to give it that authentic 'been there, seen it, done it' look!
Comes complete with Bass Centre stamped Hiscox 'LiteFlite' moulded case.