When it comes to old-school punk bassists, the first two I always see named are Dee Dee and Sid. As much as I love both, they were so many greats in both the US and UK scenes!! One of my favorites has to be Jean-Jacques Burnel of the Stranglers. Damn does he absolutely KILL on their debut!! "Peaches" is of course an easy pick, but the opener "Sometimes" and "Goodbye Toulouse" are great as well. Burnel has got to be one of the earliest bassists with a tone THAT mean and biting! On the early recordings he used a p-bass and picked hard right at the bridge. Next up has to be Algy Ward of the Saints and the Damned, later Tank but that's on the more metal side of things. Machine Gun Etiquette has to be one of my favorite records of all time, and Ward is a big reason why. Lines like the ones on "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" and "Plan 9 Channel 7" just rule. I think it might just be more of the tone and attitude, he just rules. The Saints are awesome too, they never got enough attention! The bass work of Captain Sensible on the debut Damned album is also cool, really warbly sounding. Last but not least, is Bruce Foxton of the Jam is amazing as well!! I'm just now really getting into them, but that Ric sound is the king!! I really love the power and energy in his playing, but there's still a catchy melodic edge that keeps things really interesting too!! And of course there's a million other guys I'm missing like: Paul Simonon of the Clash, Paul Dean of X-Ray Spex, John Doe of X, Dave Alexander and Ron Asheton of the Stooges, and Billy Club of the Dickies!!! There's just too many good dudes and bands out there!