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80s pop bands with killer bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by brett7276, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. brett7276

    brett7276 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    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

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    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

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    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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  4. Steve Stevens
  5. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
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  6. 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.
  7. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
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  8. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    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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  9. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    You said dark rite, also sousiox and the banchess and new model army
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  10. Another artist to check out, especially if you like fretless, is Tony Levin when he worked with Peter Gabriel.
  11. 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.
  12. To this day, I still have nightmares about Khumalo's bass lick on "Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes" ;)
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Fine Young Cannibals
    Ace of Bass
  14. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    80's pop band with killer bassist = Level 42.
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  15. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    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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  16. vbchaos


    Sep 5, 2011
    Groningen, The Netherlands
    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    While I looked through the thread I wondered why nobody came up with this one earlier...
  17. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    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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  18. Crowded House (Aus) - Nick Seymour
    The Police - Sting

    Sade - Paul Spencer Denman
    Sweet grooves on Smooth Operator (live) & Hang Onto Your Love.
  19. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    We thought we were an '80s pop band...
  20. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    John Giblin was the bassist with Simple Minds for much of the 80s.
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