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On a special edition of NBA Soundsystem, legendary bassist and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Ament joins hosts Brent Barry and Laurence Scott for a wide-ranging conversation about the NBA, music, and more.
1:45 minute mark, on writing the names of NBA stars on his bass guitar:
"I wanted to be inspired 100 percent of the time I was playing music. And by putting the names of my most inspirational pro basketball players on the bass, at any given time if I felt like the mojo was slipping I would look down at the bass and see Nate Archibald's name and get fired up."
4:10, on the origins of the band name "Mookie Blaylock":
"Each day we would buy a pack of NBA cards [...] Fast forward a month later, and we're in our manager's office. We needed a band name in an hour."
13:30, on the growth of his NBA fandom while living in Seattle:
"I went to games to see the players on other teams that I liked. These were like $4 tickets, up in the middle of nowhere. But to go from growing up in Montana and rarely seeing NBA games, to watching the 76ers play in-person ... that just cemented I was in the right place. I needed to be in a place where I could see pro basketball."
17:45, on the legacy of Chris Cornell:
"Chris was the greatest songwriter to ever come out of Seattle. Chris had the song-writing chops we all hope to get to. I feel so lucky I got to witness his greatness."
33:15, on Pearl Jam approaching their 1000th show:
"It's pretty epic until you realize Ted Nugent has played like ... 6,000 shows. Then it doesn't feel that epic."
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