80s pop bands with killer bassists

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  1. brett7276

    brett7276 Supporting Member

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    Ok...so I started a new orginal band and we are exploring writting material utlizing African, Cuban and other dare I say exotic grooves, while having the goal of dark minor pop signatures (the cure,toad the wet sprocket etc) with catchy hooks ... I'm solidly a product of the 80s and am drawing influnces from well known 80s bands- the police, Duran Duran, Kajagoogoo etc....but I'm looking to listen to some more obscure stuff in that bag ...while I enjoy the ideas of more complicated music jazz etc...I kind of need to digest a bit more pop oriented/cool bass oriented music- as our goal is to create musically interesting music that the average joe might enjoy too..

    Any suggestions would be appreciated
     
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

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    80's Pop music with an African twist? Check out Harari. Or Sipho Mabuse. Hugh Masekela.....
     
  3. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

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    Look up Chuck D after Black Flag and Kira from late black flag...

    Also the bass player from Christian Death from the "Only Theater of Pain" album and the live alnum. Awesome stuff
     
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    Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
     
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  7. BassmanI

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    Even Paul Simon with Bakhithi Khumalo on that Washburn Force fretless. Oh, and one of my favorites from the 80s was Hall and Oates with the late T-Bone Wolk on bass.
     
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    A friend of mine's dad played bass with Donnie Iris in the 80's - was on his hit Ah Leah. The bass player's name was Albritton McClain. He has some crazy vids on youtube:



    He's good - pretty silly, but good.
     
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    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

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    You said dark rite, also sousiox and the banchess and new model army
     
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    Another artist to check out, especially if you like fretless, is Tony Levin when he worked with Peter Gabriel.
     
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    Like BassmanI said, Paul Simon's Graceland lineup was amazing. Also, for African music, check out Ali Farka Toure. Even when the bassist isn't doing much, the rhythms and melodies might inspire something in you. Entirely soulful, and something you won't hear in pop.
     
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    To this day, I still have nightmares about Khumalo's bass lick on "Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes" ;)
     
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  15. 4-string

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    80's pop band with killer bassist = Level 42.
     
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    Adam and the Ants had a couple bass players in their little run. Gary Tibbs was/is awesome. I think he used a Wal.
     
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    While I looked through the thread I wondered why nobody came up with this one earlier...
     
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    Another one for Japan-Mick Karn, just great.
    The Cult-tidy playing on the Dreamtime album.
    this guys playing too. And the singer still makes me laugh.
     
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    Sweet grooves on Smooth Operator (live) & Hang Onto Your Love.
     
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    We thought we were an '80s pop band...
     
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    John Giblin was the bassist with Simple Minds for much of the 80s.
     
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