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Bands where the Bassist is a focal point

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by artdrtr, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. artdrtr


    Jan 24, 2008
    Redondo Beach, CA
    Its true that in most bands there isn't enough hairspray and ego to go around that can compete with the guitar player, but I'm curious, what bands are built around, or feature the bass player? Here are a few I can think of, and part of the reason I switched over to bass:

    Rush -- Geddy lee... too obvious
    RHCP -- Flea... again, too obvious
    Jamiroquai -- Stuart Zender... whoa
    No Doubt -- Tony Kanal... some great stage presence and basslines..
    KISS -- Gene Simons... not a musical genius, but he steals the show...
    EW&F -- Verdine White... With +15 people on stage, anyone can get lost, but I always see Verdine...

    Who else gives the guitar player a run for their money...?
  2. speedkills


    Jan 10, 2008
    Lemmy. Motorhead.

    End of story.
  3. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Good thread, wrong forum.
  4. Bass Below

    Bass Below

    Oct 24, 2006
    New York
    How many people know the Motorhead guitarists name? ;) Type O Negative?

    I guess any band where the frontman plays bass isn't really a fair answer to this question.

    Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is probably one of the better known non-frontman bassists, at least among non bass players.
  5. christophergenz

    christophergenz Guest

    Jan 10, 2008
    It's a regret to say this, but pin-up boy Pete Wentz of Fall Out boy. He stands out for me. Not for his skill with an axe, just his asthetically pleasing hairstyle.
    On a better note, Mike D'antonio of Killwitch Engage is amongst one of the most vibrantly enegetic bassists around today.
    No others currently come to mind atm.
  6. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
  7. Rancid- Matt Freeman
    Sick Of It All- Craig
    If Rush (which I love) can be on this list, so can Iron Maiden- Steve Harris
  8. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

  9. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Doug Pinnick, Kings X

  10. Blackbd


    Feb 24, 2008
    sly and the family stone.
  11. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Jack Bruce from Cream

    Tony Levin in King Crimson.

    This is the wrong forum for this thread though. It should be in bassists.
  12. Bass Below

    Bass Below

    Oct 24, 2006
    New York
    What's goin' on around here lately? Everybody wants to be a mod all of a sudden?
  13. 0175westwood29


    Sep 16, 2007
    i wouldn't say flea is the main rhcp front man i think it works as he share the sound with jonny ?

    +1000000! on the lemmy nom tho! that mans hole persona is just class!
  14. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene

    Some of 311

    And maybe some of Fishbone
  15. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Are we talking purely rock bands? Because in any given jazz ensemble the "band leader" is the bassist. Dave Holland Quartet. Guess who's the bassist/bandleader? Yep, Dave Holland.

    And what about Weather Report? Everyone knows Jaco, right?

    Other hard rock acts where the bass is very prominent would be Tool (Justin Chancellor), Rage Against the Machine (Timmy C), and obviously Mudvayne (Ryan Martinie.) Back in the '90s, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Cop Shoot Cop both had two bassists in their lineups.

    Ooh others: Morphine (Mark Sandman), Death From Above 1979 (bass & drums duo), Korn (love or hate Fieldy, his tone is distinctive and his sonic presence in Korn cannot be sneezed at), Switchblade Kittens (3 bassists, no guitar), Clatter (another bass/drums duo), Zombi (bass/keyboards duo)... Yeah, there's a lot of bass driven music out there. Even music that doesn't have bass guitar or upright bass, like a lot of techno, dance music, and Eurobeat are highly bass driven. Take the bass out and there's nothing.
  16. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Any of Billy Sheehan's bands....
  17. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Kool & The Gang - Kool

    Fourplay - Nathan East

    Parliament - Bootsy
  18. Flizzy21


    May 13, 2007
    I am assuming other than most funk bands,

    Mike Watt from minutemen
    Tim Commerford has a nice place in RATM's mix as well
  19. LanEvo

    LanEvo Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2008
    I'm surprised it took 18 posts before anyone mentioned Watt. One listen to the Minutemen or fIREHOSE leaves little doubt as to who's the boss.
  20. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Nobody's thrown in level 42 yet either.

    Guess I just did?

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