Guy Pratt

Guy Pratt

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Guy Pratt

Img_capt = Pratt playing "Echoes" on David Gilmour's 'On An Island' tour in Munich, Germany, July 29, 2006
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name =
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1962|01|3|df=yes London, England
Instrument = Vocals Bass guitar Guitar
Genre = Progressive rock Psychedelic rock Art rock
Occupation = Musician, Composer, Comedian
Years_active = 1984 - present
Label = Capitol Columbia Sony EMI Harvest and others
Associated_acts = Pink Floyd
David Gilmour Roxy Music
URL = []

Guy Pratt (born 3 January 1962 in London, England) is a well-known session bassist and also a songwriter, actor and comedian. He is the son of actor Mike Pratt. In Kensington and Chelsea, London, in 1996, [ [ Marriages England and Wales 1984-2005] ] Pratt married Gala Wright, the daughter of late Pink Floyd keyboardist, Richard Wright.


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

Pratt hit the big stage when he was chosen as the replacement bass player for Pink Floyd's post Roger Waters "Momentary Lapse of Reason" and "The Division Bell" 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 Gilmour during the live shows and also performed on several tracks on "The Division Bell" album, though most of the bass parts were performed by David Gilmour. Tony Levin performed most of the bass parts on "Momentary Lapse of Reason", with Pratt replacing him on the accompanying tour due to his unavailability .cite book
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title = My Bass And Other Animals
publisher = Orion Books
date = 2007
location = London
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Pratt has also composed music for TV. He produced, co-wrote and played bass, guitar and keys 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 and Hopkirk (Deceased), starring Reeves and Mortimer. His father Mike Pratt played the part of Jeff Randall in the original 1960s series.

As a songwriter, he co-wrote the UK #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.

In July 2007, Pratt guest-hosted a show on the digital radio station Planet Rock.

In August 2007, Guy Pratt was interviewed by Liberation Frequency [ interview] and, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe on "Janey Godley's Chat Show".

He recently was a guest contestant on Australian music game show Spicks and Specks


His current bass guitar arsenal includes a selection of various vintage Fender Precision and Jazz Basses, a MusicMan StingRay 4, a pair of headless Status 4 and 5-strings (fretless and fretted) and a red Stuart Spector NS2.

During David Gilmour's "On An Island" tour he is usually seen sporting a 3-tone Sunburst 1961 Fender Precision, a Shell Pink 1963 Fender Jazz named 'Betsy', a Status Vintage GP Signature and a Framus Triumph Bass (Electric Upright Bass). On Gilmour's Live in Gdansk DVD he is seen playing his Fender Jazz and Precision basses as well as a candy apple red jazz-style Lakland fretless bass. On the studio jamming sessions he played several Fender Jazz basses, a Hofner Icon bass and an NS Desing CR electric upright.

Guy played his fretted 5-string and fretless 4-string Status headless basses, the red Spector NS2 and a 2-tone Sunburst 1958 Fender Precision during the P•U•L•S•E concerts in 1994.

Amp wise, nowadays he is mostly seen with Ashdown ABM heads and WEM cabs (equipped with BlueLine Ashdown speakers, as Watkins Electric Music cabs are no longer being made).


*1984 – Sidewalk – Icehouse
*1985RiptideRobert Palmer
*1985The Dream AcademyThe Dream Academy
*1986 – Measure for Measure – Icehouse
*1987 – Luz Y Sombra – Flans
*1987Remembrance DaysThe Dream Academy
*1987Bête NoireBryan Ferry
*1988One More StoryPeter Cetera
*1988Delicate Sound of ThunderPink Floyd
*1989KiteKirsty MacColl
*1989Like a PrayerMadonna
*1990Wild and LonelyAssociates
*1990Blue PearlBlue Pearl
*1990Dick Tracy: "I'm Breathless" (Music from & Inspired by the Film) – Madonna
*1990Don't Explain – Robert Palmer
*1990Toy MatineeToy Matinee
*1991Pop LifeBananarama
*1991Long RoadJunior Reid
*1991Electric LandladyKirsty MacColl
*1991StoryvilleRobbie Robertson
*1991A Different Kind of WeatherThe Dream Academy
*1991The Orb's Adventures Beyond the UltraworldThe Orb
*1992Ridin' High – Robert Palmer
*1992U.F.OrbThe Orb
*1993DebravationDebbie Harry
*1993Donna De LoryDonna De Lory
*1993Last Action Hero [Original Score] – Michael Kamen
*1993Call Me NightlifeNokko
*1993ElementalTears for Fears
*1994Billy PilgrimBilly Pilgrim
*1994MamounaBryan Ferry
*1994Well...Katey Sagal
*1994The Division BellPink Floyd
*1994Take It Back [single] – Pink Floyd
*1994HeitorT.P. Heitor
*1994The Next Hundred YearsTed Hawkins
*1994 – Meanwhile – Third Matinee
*1994Fruit of LifeWild Colonials
*1995Euroflake in SilverlakeGregory Gray
*1995 – – Michael Jackson
*1995P•U•L•S•EPink Floyd
*1995A Spanner in the WorksRod Stewart
*1996Raise the PressureElectronic
*1997Dark Days in ParadiseGary Moore
*1997It's So Different HereGota
*1997 – – Michael Jackson
*1997The Next Hundred Years [Gold Edition] – Ted Hawkins
*1997Restless Heart Reunion – David Coverdale & Whitesnake
*1998Still Crazy
*1998Dil SeDil Se
*1998Messiah Meets ProgenitorMessiah
*1998 – – Ted Hawkins
*1999What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?Echo & the Bunnymen
*1999Michael HutchenceMichael Hutchence
*1999ReloadTom Jones
*2000Lemonjelly.kyLemon Jelly
*2000RonanRonan Keating
*2000 – – The Dream Academy
*2001 – –Echo & the Bunnymen
*2001Jacob YoungJacob Young
*2001Bring Down the MoonNaimee Coleman
*2001White Lilies IslandNatalie Imbruglia
*2001 – – Pink Floyd
*2001Read My LipsSophie Ellis-Bextor
*2001Mixed Up World Pt. 2Sophie Ellis-Bextor
*2001 – They Called Him Tin Tin – Stephen Duffy
*2001Mink CarThey Might Be Giants
*2001Toy Matinee: Special Edition – Toy Matinee
*2002Watching Angels MendAlex Lloyd
*2002Born [Japan Bonus Tracks] – bond
*2002Shine [Bonus Track/Bonus VCD] – bond
*2002Lost HorizonsLemon Jelly
*2002FestivalPaola & Chiara
*2002 – Best of Both Worlds: The Robert Palmer Anthology (1974-2001) – Robert Palmer
*2002Mink Car [Japan Bonus Tracks] – They Might Be Giants
*2003 – Remixed [Japan Bonus Tracks] – bond
*2003 – Journey into Paradise – Dr. Alex Paterson
*2003 – Measure for Measure/Primitive Man – Icehouse
*2003The Outer MarkerJust Jack
*2003 – Don't Explain [Bonus Tracks] – Robert Palmer
*2003Shoot from the HipSophie Ellis-Bextor
*2003Reload [Bonus Tracks] – Tom Jones
*2004Mistaken IdentityDelta Goodrem
*2004 – Live at Montreux, 1990 – Gary Moore
*2005 – [DualDisc] – bond
*2005 – – bond
*2005 – – Iggy Pop
*2005 – Remembrance Days/A Different Kind of Weather – The Dream Academy
*2006On an IslandDavid Gilmour
*2006 – So Still – Mozez
*2006 – Living in a Giant Candle – Transit Kings
*2007DylanesqueBryan Ferry
*2008 - Live in Gdańsk - David Gilmour


*Steve Jelbert, "Flying Solo". The Times, 12 August 2005, Body & Soul section, p. 11.

External links

* [ Guy Pratt's official website]
* [ Guy Pratt Interview at Liberation Frequency]

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