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Bassists you just can't watch

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by aks_29, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. I was watching a Phish dvd today and realized that I just can't stand watching Mike Gordon play. The way he has his left hand all scrunched up and the way he plays with a pick so slowly and softly. I just find it really annoying to watch. I do however think he's a very good bassist I just can't look at him while he plays ;).

    Does anyone else know of any bassists like this or am I just crazy?
  2. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
  3. Enden


    May 1, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    I love watching Mike play. He's so fluid with the pick.
  4. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT
    I'm not a tremendous Phish fan, but I don't like watching Mike play either. That same weird head bob he does for every song that doesn't seem to be on beat with the music. Oy. haha.
  5. Watching him is better than smelling him.
  6. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Inactive

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    Truillo from Metallica.
  7. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Verdine White. Love his playing, hate to watch him live.
  8. I saw the Yellowjackets last Thursday..Jimmy Haslip is absolutely one of my all time favorite bassist but I really don't like to watch him play. His bass is left-handed and strung upside down and he has some strange facial expressions.
  9. Daytona955i


    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I don't like to watch Nate Mendel from Foo Fighters. Killer bassist but looks like he wandered into the wrong band by mistake.
  11. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Petty much any rock bassist who plays pickstyle strumming up high towards the neck(and I don't mean picking clearly up there--just sort of strumming--and not as an occasional effect, but as their main style). You just know they're making a horrendously messy undefined racket that the soundman/engineer is having to mush into the mix to get it to work.
  12. MammaryVest


    Oct 18, 2006
    Stoneham, MA
    I agree with this, I always think of it as the mark of a not very good player. Except Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. because for some reason when he does it, it sounds like it couldn't work any other way.
  13. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
  14. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I can't watch Trujillo.
  15. i can't remember his name, but i hate watching the dude from Melvins and Tomahawk, i'm not sure why either, cause hes a great bassist :s
  16. ERIC31


    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    I can't stand watching Pete Wentz (a lame emo band I won't name here) play!! It aggravates me to no end. Not only does he "play" a bass like it's a guitar, he can't play live to save his life!!!! Aggggghhhhhh!!!!

    Watch if you dare...
  17. wow... how can he even play like that?

    Does there singer leave out parts of words on purpose? Or does he have an accent?
  18. xlows


    Oct 21, 2006

    was just gonna mention him.
  19. bassplayer45


    Jun 2, 2007
    sparky from complete he plays with no feeling and whats with the dr. seuss hat?

  20. Better question, Can he even play?
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