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Bassists that, if you replaced them, would change the entire sound of the band

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by capnsandwich, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. What bassists give their bands a signature sound that really can't be replaced by anyone? I can think of 3 off the top of my head; John Entwistle of The Who, Chris Squire of Yes and Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. If I wasn't so tired I could think of more.
  2. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    paul...but for more than just the bass ;)
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Geddy Lee of Rush.

    Lemmy from Motorhead.
  4. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Verdine White - Earth Wind & Fire. Paul McCartney - Beatles. Kenny Gradney - Little Feat. Sting - well...err... Sting. Marcus Miller - same. Paul Chambers - any session he was involved with.
  5. Oh, and if you could, could you post some links? I've heard of everyone mentioned so far but I'm sure some may post some new ones I haven't heard yet.
  6. VinKreepo


    Nov 13, 2009
    Tom Commerford of RATM
    Krist Novoselic of Nirvana
    Flea of RHCP
    and whoever plays/writes the bass lines for Jamiroquai
  7. String Theory

    String Theory

    Jul 28, 2010
    San Dimas
    Les Claypool from Primus. Flea from RHCP.
  8. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Mark Sandman - Morphine
  9. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    i have to say I don't completely agree with this one...
  10. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    John Paul Jones - Led Zeppelin

    He just put in that extra bit of subtle groove that really made their songs rock
  11. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse Guest

    Jun 5, 2009
    I personally don't really think of "replacing" a lot of people in terms of sound.
    But if I were to, and what all bassists at one point or another have to look at and be like "I have to compete with THAT," is this.
  12. eekmeg


    Aug 15, 2008
    Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Paul McCartney of The Beatles
    Les Claypool of Primus... or anything else he's in.
    Geddy Lee of Rush
    Tony Levin from his work with Peter Gabriel
    Paul Denman from his work with Sade
    I think Nick Harmer makes each song his own in Death Cab for Cutie.
  13. VinKreepo


    Nov 13, 2009
    Why's that? He has a specific P-type tone and playing style that involves a lot of slides and bends.
  14. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    I have nothing bad to say about him or his sound or style of playing, but IMO the entire sound of the band would not change without him...
  15. spacebassed


    Jan 31, 2009
    Phil Lesh - The Grateful Dead

    The Other Ones (remaining members of the Grateful Dead) toured in 2000 with Alphonso Johnson on bass and it was astounding how different that music sounded without Phil. Phil Lesh IS the Grateful Dead sound.
  16. Well, that's pretty much what I intended to say when I checked this thread, but the OP beat me to it. Just had to make sure the only important bassist, ever, was mentioned. :D

  17. GhettoSmurf187


    Nov 22, 2012
    Justin Chancellor of Tool
    Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups
  18. Emilym80


    Sep 15, 2011
    Jamiroquai's had three or four different bass players, though :meh:
    As for Flea, I think he could be replaced pretty easily to be honest, nothing he does is exactly groundbreaking or unqiue IMO.

    I reckon Chris Squire and Geddy Lee would be pretty hard to replace but that's more a stylistic thing. Same for Les Claypool- I don't think anyone could 100% nail all his lines without a tonne of work on them first.
  19. I think the "stylistic thing" is the point of the thread. Or that was my understanding, at least. Geddy and Squire are unique enough in their writing that I would say they're irreplaceable.
  20. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Austin, TX
    anything with Sheehan or Levin. John Paul Jones, definitely. not just for his bass playing, though. his arranging is equally genius. whoever writes the basslines for The Strokes, definitely.
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