Guy Pratt

Biography

Guy Pratt (born 3 January 1962) is a session bassist and also a songwriter, actor and comedian. He is the son of the actor Mike Pratt. In 1996, he married Gala, the daughter of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. The couple live with their son in London.

Pratt has worked with Pink Floyd, Gary Moore, Roxy Music, Michael Jackson, Echo & the Bunnymen, Coverdale Page, Kirsty MacColl, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Lemon Jelly, The Orb, All Saints, Icehouse, Madonna, Stephen Duffy, Robbie Robertson, Billy Pilgrim, A. R. Rahman, Whitesnake, Womack & Womack, and Toy Matinee. He is a member of The Transit Kings with Alex Paterson (of The Orb), Jimmy Cauty (of The KLF), and Dominic Beken. Cauty and Pratt also released "I Wanna 1-2-1 With You" as Solid Gold Chartbusters. Since 2006, Guy Pratt has also played bass for Bryan Ferry and is currently[when?] accompanying him on his solo tour throughout Europe.

Pratt rose to prominence when he was chosen as the bass player for Pink Floyd's post-Roger Waters Delicate Sound of Thunder and P*U*L*S*E world tours in 1987 and 1994. He co-performed the vocals in "Run Like Hell", "Another Brick in The Wall (Part 2)", "Us and Them" and "Comfortably Numb" with David Gilmour during the live shows. He also performed on several tracks on The Division Bell album, though most of the bass parts were performed by Gilmour. Tony Levin performed most of the bass parts on Momentary Lapse of Reason, with Pratt replacing him on the accompanying tour due to Levin's unavailability.[1]

He also toured as part of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's On an Island band, alongside another Pink Floyd member (and his father-in-law), Richard Wright.

Pratt has also composed music for TV and cinema. He produced, co-wrote and played bass, guitar and keyboards on the music for the 1998 Channel 4 drama series The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. With regular collaborator Dom Beken, he provided the theme music to Spaced. Pratt also appeared in Spaced, playing the character of Minty. He has also acted in Linda Green, and appeared in an episode of the remake of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer. His father Mike Pratt played the part of Jeff Randall in the original 1960s series.

As a songwriter, he co-wrote the UK Number 1 hit "Ain't No Doubt", sung by Jimmy Nail.

In August 2005, Pratt's one-man music/comedy show, My Bass & Other Animals, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival. A book, based on the show, was published in May 2007. He is also a regular in the backing band for the BBC Radio 2 comedy music programme Jammin' with Rowland Rivron

On April 2010, Guy Pratt joined Argentinian band The End Pink Floyd, with Durga McBroom and Jon Carin, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On 13 June 2011, Pratt joined The Australian Pink Floyd Show on stage for the Hampton Court Palace Festival for the song 'Run Like Hell'.

He spent 2011 performing stand-up in Switzerland, Australia, and at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as on a South American tour playing Bass for Dominic Miller.

His current bass guitar arsenal includes a selection of various vintage Fender Precision and Jazz Basses, three MusicMan StingRay 4-strings (black with rosewood fretboard and black pickguard, black with maple fretboard and white pickguard, natural with maple fretboard and black pickguard), a pair of headless Status 4 and 5-strings (fretless and fretted) and an amber Stuart Spector NS2.

During David Gilmour's On An Island tour he mainly used a 3-colour sunburst 1961 Fender Precision, a burgundy mist 1963 Fender Jazz named 'Betsy', a Status Vintage GP Signature and a Framus Triumph electric upright bass. On Gilmour's Live in Gdańsk DVD he is seen playing his Fender Jazz and Precision Basses as well as a Candy Apple Red Lakland Joe Osborn signature fretless Jazz Bass and a Rickenbacker 4001. On the studio jamming sessions included in the DVD, he played several Fender Jazz Basses, a Hofner Icon bass and a Ned Steinberger Design CR electric upright.

Pratt played his fretted 5-string and fretless 4-string Status headless basses, the amber Spector NS2, the burgundy mist "Betsy" 1963 Jazz Bass and two Precision Basses (a 2-colour sunburst 1958 and a "single-coil pickup" butterscotch blonde 1951) during the Pulse concerts in 1994.

His amps are usually Ashdown ABM heads and Ashdown ABM 810 Cabinets although when playing with David Gilmour they are WEM badged to match David's cabinets.

Discography
1984 – Sidewalk – Icehouse
1985 – The Dream Academy – The Dream Academy
1986 – Measure for Measure – Icehouse
1987 – Luz Y Sombra – Flans
1987 – Remembrance Days – The Dream Academy
1987 – Bête Noire – Bryan Ferry
1988 – One More Story – Peter Cetera
1988 – Delicate Sound of Thunder – Pink Floyd
1989 – Kite – Kirsty MacColl
1989 – Like a Prayer – Madonna
1990 – Wild and Lonely – Associates
1990 – Blue Pearl – Blue Pearl
1990 – Dick Tracy: "I'm Breathless" (Music from & Inspired by the Film) – Madonna
1990 – Toy Matinee – Toy Matinee
1991 – Pop Life – Bananarama
1991 – Ripe – Banderas
1991 – Long Road – Junior Reid
1991 – Electric Landlady – Kirsty MacColl
1991 – Storyville – Robbie Robertson
1991 – A Different Kind of Weather – The Dream Academy
1991 – The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld – The Orb
1992 – Masterfile – Icehouse
1992 - Growing Up in Public - Jimmy Nail
1992 – U.F.Orb – The Orb
1993 – Debravation – Debbie Harry
1993 – Donna De Lory – Donna De Lory
1993 – Last Action Hero [Original Score] – Michael Kamen
1993 – Call Me Nightlife – Nokko
1993 – Elemental – Tears for Fears
1994 – Billy Pilgrim – Billy Pilgrim
1994 – Mamouna – Bryan Ferry
1994 – Well... – Katey Sagal
1994 – The Division Bell – Pink Floyd
1994 – Take It Back [single] – Pink Floyd
1994 – Heitor – T.P. Heitor
1994 – The Next Hundred Years – Ted Hawkins
1994 – Meanwhile – Third Matinee
1994 – Fruit of Life – Wild Colonials
1995 – Euroflake in Silverlake – Gregory Gray
1995 – HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I – Michael Jackson
1995 – Pulse – Pink Floyd
1995 – A Spanner in the Works – Rod Stewart
1995 - Hackers (film soundtrack)
1996 – Raise the Pressure – Electronic
1997 – Dark Days in Paradise – Gary Moore
1997 – It's So Different Here – Gota
1997 – Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix – Michael Jackson
1997 – The Next Hundred Years [Gold Edition] – Ted Hawkins
1997 – Restless Heart Reunion – David Coverdale & Whitesnake
1998 – Still Crazy
1998 – Dil Se.. – Dil Se Re
1998 – Messiah Meets Progenitor – Messiah
1998 – The Ted Hawkins Story: Suffer No More – Ted Hawkins
1999 – What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? – Echo & the Bunnymen
1999 – Michael Hutchence – Michael Hutchence
1999 – Reload – Tom Jones
2000 – Lemonjelly.ky – Lemon Jelly
2000 – Ronan – Ronan Keating
2000 – Somewhere in the Sun: Best of the Dream Academy – The Dream Academy
2001 – Born – Bond
2001 – Crystal Days: 1979-1999 –Echo & the Bunnymen
2001 – Jacob Young – Jacob Young
2001 – Bring Down the Moon – Naimee Coleman
2001 – White Lilies Island – Natalie Imbruglia
2001 – Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd – Pink Floyd
2001 – Read My Lips – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
2001 – Mixed Up World Pt. 2 – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
2001 – They Called Him Tin Tin – Stephen Duffy
2001 – Mink Car – They Might Be Giants
2001 – Toy Matinee: Special Edition – Toy Matinee
2002 – Watching Angels Mend – Alex Lloyd
2002 – Born [Japan Bonus Tracks] – bond
2002 – Shine – bond
2002 – Shine [Bonus Track/Bonus VCD] – bond
2002 – Lost Horizons – Lemon Jelly
2002 – Festival – Paola & Chiara
2002 – Mink Car – They Might Be Giants (on "I've Got A Fang")
2003 – Remixed [Japan Bonus Tracks] – bond
2003 – Journey into Paradise – Dr. Alex Paterson
2003 – Measure for Measure/Primitive Man – Icehouse
2003 – The Outer Marker – Just Jack
2003 – Shoot from the Hip – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
2003 – Reload [Bonus Tracks] – Tom Jones
2004 – Mistaken Identity – Delta Goodrem
2004 – Live at Montreux, 1990 – Gary Moore
2005 – Explosive: The Best of bond [DualDisc] – bond
2005 – Explosive: The Best of bond – bond
2005 – A Million in Prizes: The Anthology – Iggy Pop
2005 – Remembrance Days/A Different Kind of Weather – The Dream Academy
2006 – On an Island – David Gilmour
2006 – So Still – Mozez
2006 – Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God – Transit Kings
2007 – Dylanesque – Bryan Ferry
2008 – Live in Gdańsk - David Gilmour
2011 - Johnny English Reborn (film)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Pratt accessed 19th July 2013

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