Joe Gittleman (born April 6, 1968 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American musician, best known as the bass guitar player for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. His proficiency on bass earned him the nickname "the Bass Fiddleman."
Gittleman originally played guitar in the Bosstones, but he switched roles with former Bosstone Nate Albert when he realized he had a better bass than guitar. He has also played bass in
Gang Green and sang in and produced records for his band Avoid One Thing. Avoid One Thing is currently on hiatus.
He provided background vocals for the
Street Dogs' 2005 album as well as the more recent Back to the World . In addition, Gittleman produced Fading American Dream The Briggs' new album as well as the Back to Higher Ground Flogging Molly album , Whiskey on a Sunday Big D and the Kids Table's albums and Strictly Rude and Chuck Ragan's CD "Los Feliz". Gittleman has also written songs for bands such as Fluent In Stroll MxPx ("Heard That Sound") and has seen Avoid One Thing covered by The Bouncing Souls ("Lean on Sheena"). Since 2005, Gittleman has been a full-time staff producer and A+R for the Los-Angeles-based independent label Side One Dummy Records. Gittleman actively posts content on the MySpace site for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and continues to play in their most recent incarnation.
Italy in 1993 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gittleman was stabbed in the chest by an Albanian bootlegger. This was documented in the song "The Pirate Ship" on the vinyl release of [1 ] . Gittleman is currently an instructor at Question the Answers Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT. On May 16, 2012, he was promoted to Assistant Professor. [2 ]
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