My radio station of choice, DC101
, began a "Best Modern Rock Bassist"
poll back in late October, and now it's in the final stages.
The original bassists in the competition were:
Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)
Mark Hoppus (blink-182)
Chris Wolstenholme (Muse)
Krist Novoselic (Nirvana)
Duff McKagan (GNR)
Ben Kenney (Incubus)
Justin Chancellor (Tool)
Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine)
Ben Sheppard (Soundgarden)
Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band)
Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
Ted Dwane (Mumford and Sons)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
14 bassists have been eliminated, and the final vote is between Krist and Flea...
...so, what do you think? Is this list a good representation of great rock bassists? I personally think Wentz, Hoppus, and Dirnt could've been removed, and Ted Dwane/Mumford & Sons is hardly "rock." Plus, the final two seem a bit "popularity" based. I like RHCP, and I love Nirvana, but as a bassist Flea is (IMO) overrated (but quite good), and Krist is (IMO) nothing special (though I do like him a lot, and he's fortunate to have been in a legendary band). I personally wanted Justin Chancellor or Les Claypool to win, but oh well.
So, essentially, what are your thoughts on this poll? Did all 16 bassists deserve to be a part of the competition? Are the final two bassists a good selection? Who would you add to the list? Does the DMV just have very bad taste in musicians? I'm just curious.