Tags:
  1. Bobby Burrows

    Bobby Burrows Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2018
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    London

    Bass Guitar - Your favourite/favorite Bassists?

    Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Bobby Burrows, Nov 2, 2018.

    Duff McKagan





    Robert Trujillo
     
  2. Bobby Burrows

    Bobby Burrows Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2018
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    London
    This guy.
     
  3. JLT

    JLT Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2016
    Messages:
    746
    Likes Received:
    717
    John Lodge of the Moody Blues
    Jack Bruce of Cream
    Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead
     
  4. Iain Sparrow

    Iain Sparrow Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2016
    Messages:
    897
    Likes Received:
    728
    John Deacon of Queen
    John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin
    Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult
     
  5. JLT

    JLT Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2016
    Messages:
    746
    Likes Received:
    717
    I think you'd have to put Sir Paul McCartney onto this list, not because he was super-proficient, but because he expanded the roll of the bass into carrying the melody line as well, as evidenced many times on Sergeant Pepper. John Lennon called him one of the most influential bassists of the sixties and seventies, and I think John was right.

    I was also thinking of the bassists who weren't in rock. For folk music, there as Dick Kniss, who played with Peter, Paul, and Mary. I was listening to a compilation of their music and was struck by the smoothness and expressiveness of the bass for the first time. His contribution to their sound was invaluable.

    And even though I don't know much about jazz, I know that Charles Mingus is at or near the top of everybody's list of the best jazz bassists. His collaboration with Joni Mitchell back in the day was a classic.
     
  6. Homer Potvin

    Homer Potvin Digging out my Balzac Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2017
    Messages:
    4,341
    Likes Received:
    6,876
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Les Claypool, Jaco Pastorius, Flea, Cliff Burton
     
    Steerpike and Shenanigator like this.
  7. Bobby Burrows

    Bobby Burrows Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2018
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    London
    R.I.P Lemmy Kilmister
     
    Steerpike and Shenanigator like this.
  8. Bobby Burrows

    Bobby Burrows Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2018
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    London
    R.I.P Phil Lynott
     
    matwoolf likes this.
  9. Hammer

    Hammer Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2018
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    UK
    Whilst I tend more towards blues/jazz for my favourite musicians, the bass-player award has to go to Lemmy
     
    Shenanigator and matwoolf like this.
  10. Laurin Kelly

    Laurin Kelly Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,064
    Likes Received:
    3,037
    I love Billy Sheehan, especially his work with Steve Vai.
     
    Shenanigator likes this.
  11. Shenanigator

    Shenanigator Not a Fucking Doormat Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2017
    Messages:
    3,515
    Likes Received:
    5,039
    Homes, I knew you were a musician at heart. Jaco all the way, man.
     
  12. matwoolf

    matwoolf Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    4,854
    Likes Received:
    5,580
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    When I was a teeny I liked JJ Burnel.

    A couple of years later I became pals with a session musician -

    'Oh, those guys were always off doing their damned heroin...' he said

    'My gosh...no...golly..' I said.



    JJ's pretty sexy if you like French kung fu type existentialists. I think he's 86 years old.
    ...

    Then a couple of years after it was all Joy Division bass lines - my guitarist pal banged them out into my face with his bass. He was bored shitless with JD basslines. 'Play it again, again, again!'



    Once upon a time, eh...
     
    Bobby Burrows likes this.
  13. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    Messages:
    12,463
    Likes Received:
    6,772
    Location:
    California, US
    Steve Harris is worth mentioning. Also, Kim Deal.
     
    Shenanigator likes this.
  14. matwoolf

    matwoolf Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    4,854
    Likes Received:
    5,580
    Location:
    Yorkshire


    :(

     
    Bobby Burrows likes this.
  15. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    10,173
    Likes Received:
    7,935
    Location:
    Near Sedro Woolley, Washington
    John Entwistle of The Who. The greatest rock bassist in history.
    And a guy nobody ever mentions on lists of best bassists, but is still great: Mike Rutherford of Genesis
    And another nobody mentions: Carl Radle. Listen to Derek and the Dominoes' "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?"
     
  16. matwoolf

    matwoolf Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    4,854
    Likes Received:
    5,580
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    All essentially 'suspect.' Genesis especially subversive in a beardy geriatric sense. Or even first principles. One would always thump the 'Genesis chap' necessarily.
     
  17. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    10,173
    Likes Received:
    7,935
    Location:
    Near Sedro Woolley, Washington
    I'm a card-carrying beardy geriatric. 70s rock rules! Oh, I forgot to mention Chris Squire of Yes. A very innovative bassist.

    Modern bass kinda sucks. Too much slapping, not enough thumping.
     
    matwoolf likes this.
  18. Alastair Woodcock

    Alastair Woodcock Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2017
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    47
    Location:
    Carlisle, UK
    In that appearance above they were clearly mucking around with JJ miming Hugh Cornwell's vocals etc. It's actually Jet Black the drummer who is an octogenarian, recently turning 80. 'Golden Brown' their biggest hit was allegedly about heroin.
     
  19. Foxxx

    Foxxx The Debonair Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2016
    Messages:
    1,511
    Likes Received:
    1,090
    Location:
    Michigan
    I didn't appreciate bass until I fell in love with blink-182.



    Mark's bass playing in this song is also incredible in my opinion. It's a shame he simplifies some of it live. Easy to see/hear in this really good cover.






    That pink bass is sooo sick. Nostalgia.
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018
  20. Homer Potvin

    Homer Potvin Digging out my Balzac Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2017
    Messages:
    4,341
    Likes Received:
    6,876
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    I rarely play my bass, though I did plug it in today. I have no aptitude for it. I play it like I would a guitar, and that's not what it was designed for. Maybe one day when I dont have to work for a living I'll take lessons for it, but that ain't happening any time soon.
     
    Shenanigator likes this.
  21. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    10,173
    Likes Received:
    7,935
    Location:
    Near Sedro Woolley, Washington
    John Entwistle:
     
    Bobby Burrows likes this.
  22. Bobby Burrows

    Bobby Burrows Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2018
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    London
    R.I.P John Entwistle
     
  23. JLT

    JLT Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2016
    Messages:
    746
    Likes Received:
    717
    Has anybody mentioned Bakithi Kumalo yet? Go listen to the Graceland album, and you'll hear some jaw-dropping fretless bass.
     
  24. Bobby Burrows

    Bobby Burrows Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2018
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    188
    Location:
    London
    Tom Commerford of Rage Against The Machine
     
  25. hyacinthe

    hyacinthe Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2018
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Canada
    *blinks*

    none of you said Les Claypool?

    Seriously?

    I was coming here to say Esperanza Spalding but I guess I'll name two
     

Share This Page