Originally Posted by modulusman
well you would assume wrong. I'm 52. This is a bass forum, that is why I said basslines. Just because they were famous doesn't mean they were great musicians. The point still stands the bassline for roundabout is hard. For a Ramones song not so much.
Both Yes and The Ramones were musicians, and anytime creative guys can get together and make music that reaches the hearts of millions they are great musicians. It's hard to come up with that right fit bass line for any song that reaches millions like Round About or Sedated. So for me, and where my head is at and my point, while the term "hard" is relative, I'd say both are hard. I've never had a hit record and don't know anyone personally that has.
I should say fame is one measure of greatness for me musicianship is another.
Don't get me wrong, I remember when Round About hit the air waves a million years ago and I thought it was great, I flipped over it.Technically very advanced for the time
However, as an older guy 59 (and I am a self proclaimed Rock Historian) when I look back, whether it be the bass line to Sedated or Round About at the core theres not much difference, both bass lines worked. I left the this band is better than that band, this guitarist is better than that guitarist or this bass line is better than that bass line land a long time ago. I'm enlightened.