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Ben Shepherd vs. Hiro Yamamoto

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by NeoTrotskyist, Jun 26, 2001.

  1. NeoTrotskyist


    Apr 2, 2001
    I know Soundgarden's been broken up for a while, but they are still one of my all time favorite bands, and I was wondering who everyone thinks their better bassist was. Ben Shepherd played on Badmotorfinger, Superunknown and Down On the Upside, which (in my opinion) were generally better than Screaming Life/Fopp, Ultramega Ok and Louder than Love (the albums Hiro played on). but I think that Hiro's basslines were better and more complex. what does everyone else think?
  2. Hiro was probably a better bassist but you can tell that the band had a better chemistry with ben shepard, Just look at the albums.
  3. pattonpwr


    Nov 5, 2011
    Hiro was great but nobody can beat Ben's stage presence and attitude. Also I find Ben a much better song writter.
  4. animvl


    Feb 25, 2007
    I agree with your opinions, everyone, better music with Shepherd but Yamamoto was probably the better bassist. I like Shepherds fondness for power chords though.

    You state they've "been broken up a while", surely you are aware they have reformed and are in the process of a new album?
  5. T Bassman

    T Bassman Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    +1 Shep
  6. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT

    This thread is 10 years old.
  7. lowendgenerator


    Mar 26, 2006
    Someone REALLY wanted to talk about Ben Sheperd.
  8. And if he started a new thread he woulda got bagged on for it. No winning on the interwebz.
  9. T Bassman

    T Bassman Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Someone REALLY wanted to talk about Ben Sheperd.

    __________________ I guess a few of us do ;-p
  10. Kromwarp


    Sep 16, 2008
    Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Master Luthier: Ironclad Bass Guitars
    I'm a big fan of Shepherd's lines on Badmotorfinger
  11. slipitin

    slipitin Guest

    Jul 26, 2002
    It's all about Shepherd, no way that Hiro was a better bassist or writer, The whole band were still finding their feet on the first few albums, the only guy on fire from the get go was Cameron, other than that they were just relentlessly pummeling the same route trying to find a sound, listen back and you'll see what I mean. Getting there on LTL, they peaked on Badmotorfinger, Superunknown was more refined and DOTU is one of those albums you appreciate more on a return trip, a lot of subtlety.
  12. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    For a Soundgarden fan, I've done a fairly terrible job of listening to the Hiro era material, mostly because it just doesn't stand up to the Ben era material. That's not a comment on the quality of the bass playing, but definitely a comment on the quality of the songwriting. Ben was a heavy contributor to Down on the Upside in terms of songwriting, and you can also feel his influence on Badmotorfinger and Superunknown.

    In terms of favorite bass players, Ben's not on my list, but in terms of being a gifted songwriter who helped to improve the focus of one of my favorite bands, he's very much appreciated.
  13. I like em both, hard to pick. I do like Soundgarden's early punkish material more. Flower is the first SG bassline that comes to mind...

    I'd have to go with Hiro.. Plus, Circle of Power cracks me up every time...
  14. Lichtaffen


    Sep 29, 2008
    Rhode Island
  15. YorkNew


    Feb 1, 2012
    Ben Sheperd is the man.
  16. +1 for the Shep
  17. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    Louder Than Love is still my favorite album(followed closely by Badmotorfinger), but Ben IS the man. Definetly!!!
  18. fbny71

    fbny71 Supporting Member

    May 28, 2010
    West Hempstead, NY
    Same here.
  19. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Jason Everman :bag:
  20. Sphereside


    May 30, 2012
    Like both sounds, but Ben's sound, choice notes and power along with the songwriting ability really did change the hole direction of SG. Love it all though and really looking forward to the new record.

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