Ok, Im fairly new here and been out the loop on playing and bass for over 20 years so be gentle But now that I am back in the fold re bass, what influences do I still go back to for inspiration and general bass listening pleasure? The 80s..... John Taylor, Mick Karn, Pino, Mark King. Man, bass had that great period of being more upfront, often used as a melodic lead instrument too. Now, I know music changes to fashions and trends, but I have not seen a return of the bass used in this way - in general - to date since then. Of course there are always the great bassists who we admire and have been around for years, but I am talking more mainstream, not Jazz fusion! As an example: Usually, when searching youtube for certain music you get suggestions of other acts similar, but I dont get that when looking up Japan, Duran Duran, or bass covers, no suggestions for other similar music from more recent times as a general rule. Thoughts?