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Mine, in no particular order,
TM Stevens, Darryl Jones, Inge Johansson, Nick Lowe, Phil Lynott
Fred Smith (Television - he plays with his fucking thumb!)
Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Attractions - seriously, go listen to Lipstick Vogue)
Man, everyone from that band is such a beast.
at Patti Smith's Meltdown. At times their performance was literally breathtaking.
This is my favourite Fred Smith performance:
now you go listen to "Don't get my wrong" /The Pretenders, and check the bass credit
1. Mike Mills
2. Carlos D
3. Anyone who uses distortion
but where have you gotten this idea that he didn't even play on the album?
and then you made up the other bit. Brilliant.
Also, it's not necessarily a thread for who think are the best bassists, just your favourite. Kelson Mathias from Future Of The Left and Jon Chapple from Mclusky are two of my favourite bassists and most of what they play is fairly simple, just with fantastic distortion use (although I don't see how it's possible to sustain the bassline from KKKitchens and keep your tendons intact).
Can I also just check that your inclusion of Pete Wentz was serious?
did anyone see Marcus Miller live?? Only ever heard him on recordings. What's he like out of the studio?
Saw him with Wooton and Stanley Clarke a few years back. He can clearly do all the clever stuff but you can see where his jazz training and playing with Miles Davis and such come in...he was happy to just sit back a lot of the time and just play some fantastic grooves. Though I am a self confessed Jaco obsessive, I have so much respect and adoration for Marcus Miller. Though I've never been as astounded as when I've seen Wooten live. The man can do things that are, quite frankly, superhuman.
Never saw him with Sir Miles. It was always Darryl Jones who played with him live when I caught him (he had other liveband-bassists too, like Benny Reitveld, who is with Santana now. Also a fine musician). And I've been wondering ever since. Definitely on the list of things to try to experience in this life, obviously :)
In the past couple years Chet Jr White (Girls), Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and Tim Koh (Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti) have been playing fantastic bass.
Thundercat is phenomenal on FlyLo's Cosmogramma.
I second Mingus and Charlie Haden and add Scott LaFaro.
The Peter Hook/Naomi Yang super-melodic school of bass playing is probably my favorite.
Paul McCartney(Beatles), David J (Bauhaus), Peter Hook(Joy Division/New Order), Kim Deal (Pixies/The Breeders), Andy Rourke (The Smiths).
but yeah, great stuff.
Has the hooks, him and Marr weaving around each other. Not at all technical, but nice melodic stuff that really made fantastic songs.
Billy Gould - FNM
Ben Green - Godflesh
Them 2 from Neds Atomic Dustbin
James Jamerson (the Funk Brothers, every motown hit ever)
Bootsy Collins (Funkadelic)
Herbie Flowers (Serge Gainsbourg, Bowie)
Michael Henderson (Miles Davis -Live Evil)
Palladino is a wonderful bass player.
Matt Freeman (Rancid)
Jesse F Keeler (DFA 1979)
That dude from Mudvayne
swap meths for fat mike.
who DID write his own basslines and also Jesse F Keeler.Badass. Colin Greenwood anyone?
Also, Vinny from Adebisi Shank.
But the five that most influence my playing... tho maybe I'm kidding myself a bit:
Rob Ritter (early Gun Club)
Fred Smith (Television)
the man is such a beast on bass
He did some amazing fretless work on Eno's Before and After Science.
Jah Wobble needs a hug as well. Metal Box, people.
I'll round out my five with Peter Hook, Steve Harris (Maiden!) and myself.
Doesn't get anywhere near enough respect as a bass player imo.
His bass lines are incredibly intelligent, he fits them wonderfully around the chords and melodies. A great understanding of the high register.
Listen to "Sgt Peppers" and see how many of the songs are strung around the bass lines.
If he was alive today he'd surely be drowning in royalties.
hope no-one points out my spelling error :(
Joe Lally, Kim Deal, Kim Coletta, Jesse Keeler, Neil Busch (Trail of Dead haven't quite been the same since he left..)
and I'll second the two guys from Ned's Atomic Dustbin
Is a truly wonderful bass player.
Everyone always points to the pop and slap stuff with RHCP but when you listen, he plays such clever, inventive grooves. He doesn't overplay, he just knows funk. Also, he can play wonderful melodic jazz bass (his playing on 'Deloused in the Comatorium' is magnificent)
Plus, the guy was in The Big Lebowski. What more do you want?!
saying that i'm not keen on his RHCP playing
but I think that David J. beat him out for the spot on my list.
so, i shall.
David Wm Sims
Geezer Butler, Kevin Rutmanis, John Paul Jones, Joe Lally not far behind.
Jamaaldeen Taccuma (a relativly new discovery, but I'm really into his playing at the moment)
Jaco Pastorius (the very good bits outweigh the very bad)
honerable mentions: Brian Gibson, Carol Kaye, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson, Dave Holland, Bill Laswell...yada yada yada
2. Paul McCartney
3. Carlos D
4. Jesse F. Keeler
5. Aston 'Family Man' Barrett
Fabulous melodic lines
but my fav ever is Eric Judy from Modest Mouse, he puts out some niiice melodies on the bass and walks it soooo nicely :)
Love his playing style, and he deserves to be here for Dramamine alone.
2 bri from a wilhem scream
3 colin greenwood
5 steve harris
Come on guys!
One of my favorite R.E.M. songs is "Texarkana". Go Mike!
He's pretty nifty.
surely Morgan Nicholls from Senseless Things is THE greatest bass player ever?
is the most versatile bassist I know
Ron Carter is the legend of legends
Charles Mingus is almost as legendary
Greg Cohen can hold the most freely improvised pack of musicians together and play fantastic improv himself
Adam Duce (Machine Head) groove!
If only for Mr Bungle! :)
2. Derek Forbes — Simple Minds (1978-83)
3. Eric Avery — Jane's Addiction
4. Maurice Argiro — Underground Lovers
5. Dean Garcia — Curve
I even have a little shrine built around a bass pick he threw to me at a gig. Love the way his fuzzbass drives the songs; you could strip out all the guitars and his bass alone would propel you on your way.
I'll add as HMs: Hooky, Kim Deal, Andy Rourke and both bass players from Ned's.
And maybe the guy from presidents of the usa
jaco pastorius, danny thompson, phil lynott, jack bruce, chris squire - guess that i'm showing my age!
Jack Bruce, Chris Squire, Juan Alderete (Mars Volta), and I hate slap bass, but you've got to love Flea for everything he did back in the good old days!
Dunno about a fifth, bassists are a bit dull like.
some of my favourites not already mentioned are..
Too lazy to check.
I'll second Andy Rourke
In terms of very tasteful bass-playing Oliver Sim from The XX
but would go with
to make up the numbers. Where are all the new awesome bass players?
are there no Jane's Addiction fans left in the world?
Colin Moulding.Top somgwriter too