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Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1469
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 - 1:28 am:   Edit Post

I saw an article on bbc this morning about Simple Minds and in the film clip of the band appearing on Top of the Pops, I noticed the bass player was sporting an Alembic.
I have no idea what the guy's name is or what model of Alembic but maybe you can tell.

Here are the screen captures.

Jacko they are from your neck of the woods, what do you think?

Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 479
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 - 4:33 am:   Edit Post

Based entirely on the vintage of the clothing & a Wikipedia search, I'd say he's either Derek Forbes or John Giblin. The screen caps look to me like he's playing a Spoiler.

Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2211
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 - 5:48 am:   Edit Post

And a pretty early Spoiler too, with the pickup so close to the end of the fretboard.
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2226
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 - 7:13 am:   Edit Post

It's derek forbes. here he is with a Wal.

Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 1037
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 - 1:23 pm:   Edit Post

I believe its a Vector body style. Or a Spoiler-Distillate with an extended horn.
Username: alembixxx

Post Number: 61
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 2:17 am:   Edit Post

yes it's a spoiler bass, and yes it's Derek Forbes, a great bass player with very interesting and complex bass lines, as you can hear on "Someone Somewhere in Summertime", "Glittering Prize", and other Simple Minds' great songs!
This bass is actually for sale on ebay!
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2311
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 6:09 am:   Edit Post

Might it be this one?
Simple Minds

Advanced Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 298
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 8:47 am:   Edit Post

It's interesting...I think this guy is liquidating his high-end bass gear. He sold his two Wal Mach I's on ebay last year and now it looks like he's selling (or sold) his Alembic on ebay.
Username: palmann

Post Number: 67
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

Nice find. Been a big fan of his bass playing on the early Simple Minds albums.

Thanks for sharing.

Gruesse, Pablo

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