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bass players selling out

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Manuel101, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. Manuel101


    Jul 4, 2010
  2. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I'm a bass player, and bass solos bore me. And, honestly, I don't think anyone is "forced" to sell out. Throw a few million at me and I'll back Justin Beiber all day long.......
  3. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    that video shows nothing ..other than a bass player playin a boring solo..even mediocre singer's producers know that they need great bass players so they hire them and are willing to paid for their services, whats wrong with that?
  4. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Well I for one think the advent of the internet made it a lot easier to find quality music...

    As for why something bad gets popular, ask yourself how and why some 'bad' bands get airplay at all. $$ is where it's at. Couple that with specific social mechanisms (groupthink, people only like what they know (here in germany we have a proverb that goes, a farmer only eats what he knows)) and you have your answer. Blaming it all on 'mediocrity tops all wah wah' is super lame and makes you sound like an ayn rand ripoff. :bag:
  5. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    + 1,000,000
  6. Illini10


    May 15, 2012
    Elmwood, IL
    He was better than the guitarist.
  7. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Selling out? Bass players are, 99% of the time, sidemen. That's what playing bass is about - helping to provide the foundation for a song. It's not about us. Too bad so many "bass players" don't seem to get that these days...
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards

    I hate solos of any kind. To me, they are just self indulgent nonsense that most audiences find boring.

    I will back anyone if the money is right. If some people want to call that "selling out" that's fine. I prefer to call it cashing in.
  9. wilberthenry


    May 12, 2009
    "Quality" is totally subjective. Read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence" and then come up with a definition of what "quality music" is.
  10. Is it selling out if your avowed aim is making money?
  11. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Wow, that video was a lame attempt at humor. A minute and a half of my life I'll never get back...
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    LOL Amen to that
  13. DelRider


    Dec 27, 2011
    Bieber's players get "a few million"? I would have thought they'd get some scale plus a bene of all the over 18 action they wanted after a show? Granted, it's Bieber, so there may not a be a whole lot of that .... but he does have an over 40 female following too.
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Mediocrity buys a lot of really nice stuff.
  15. To quote Jason Newsted from Metallica's Behind the music. "Yeah. We're a sell out. Every f***in' place we play."

    A "sell out" is what jealous players call people that make lots of money playing music that they deem "mediocre".

    I often say "I don't like (insert artist here) but for the right money, I can like (insert artist here)." If that makes me a "sell out" in some guy I'll never meet's eyes, then sign me up. He can bash me while i drive my Lamboghini with my model girlfriend.
  16. I saw Carl Palmer with a bass player and guitarist. The bassist was Simon Fitzpatrick, it was about a year and a half ago. Small venue, all 3 took solos. The guitar player went first, flight of the bumblebee and more shred. Average applause. Simon tore the house down with a chord melody Bohemian Rhapsody, everyone was standing for the full ovation. Carl must have been bummed, he was upstaged and his applause was slightly above the guitarists'. Bottomline, a good musician is a good musician no matter what their vehicle and even the common man-I assume a that was a house of drummers-were blown away.
  17. Hell yeah, I'll play a bass solo. Doesn't mean ya gotta bust the groove. Most heavily airplayed and bought bass solos of all time? Brown-Eyed Girl and Another One Bites the Dust, right off the top of my head.
  18. Manuel101


    Jul 4, 2010
    Sorry I took some of your valuable time finding a cure for cancer :rolleyes:. Wont do it again.
  19. Einherjar


    Dec 1, 2012
    Lakewood, CO
    It's not that mediocrity is celebrated, it's that mediocrity sells. Because it's usually much more easily understood by the general populace. Give someone an easy 4/4 beat that they can dance to and a simple chord progression that they're familiar with (I-IV-V), even if they don't know why it sounds good to them, people will pay for it.
  20. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    I'd love to sell out! Who's buying??

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