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Best grunge bass player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by lukas86, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Hey guys,
    I will list a few who IMO (which is probably biased) were/are great 'grunge' bass players.

    Feel free to post comments and additions on players you like.

    Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
    Kris Novaselic (Nirvana)
    Matt Lukin (Mudhoney)
    Ben Shepard (Soundgarden)

    All make good claims. Novaselic for his detuning, low action and now classic lines.
    Lukin's on stage antics, and killer slides.
    The only somewhat 'bad' thing I remember hearing about Jeff Ament was when he was in a band called Green River, with Mark and Steve (Mudhoney) that mark wanted to give backstage passes to his mates, but jeff gave them all to record label guys, who mostly didnt turn up.
  2. All good, but what about the guy from Alice in Chains?
  3. ticklemynausea


    Feb 27, 2008
    alice in chains had two bassists :p.

    personally, i'd go with jeff ament. he has really great lines (wma, rats, jeremy...)
  4. I love me some Mike Inez/Jeff Ament
  5. Its ok, my opinion is biased too.

    Talking about who the best grunge player is like arguing over who has the best smelling *****.
  6. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Is that to imply grunge bassists don't have talent? :eyebrow: Gotta love having a closed mind.

    The Melvins and Earth are lumped into the grunge category, more because they are from the scene, so my vote: JOE PRESTON!


    In the more traditional sense, I love Ben Shepard's playing with Soundgarden.
  7. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    I was thining the same thing, lol.
  8. I was more implying that the style of music as a whole requires no talent.
  9. No way. The majority of grunge bass players have great talent (IMO). Its probably my most favourtie genre and style to play. I just wanted to know your opinion or favourtie.

    I have probably forgotten a plethora of bassists from other bands like alice in chains, jane's addiction, sonic youth, screaming trees, melvins, and heaps of others that never got that big, or got the recognition they deserve.
  10. Rusty Chainsaw

    Rusty Chainsaw Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    NJ via London
    Ament, by miles. Mostly for his versatility and melodicism, and the sheer fact that Pearl Jam are still relevant now.

    His fretless stuff, especially, is stunning ("Oceans", anyone?), and his 12-string work has become seminal - I mean, who doesn't pick up an 8- or 12-string bass and try the "Jeremy" riff?

    Kudos too to Ben Shepherd and the two Mikes (Starr and Inez) from AIC - all awesome musicians.
  11. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    Inez has the chops, Ament the versaility.

    Krist is bashed with NO reason. He does his job easily and even has a punkish groove that sounds very nice in Nirvana context.

    Lounge Act

  12. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Sure it's simple. But if simple = no talent, I'd go ahead and say rock, not limited to grunge, is a talentless genre. And if you're one of those snobs... cool, more power to you. I'm sure you are basing this one the 1 or 2 Nirvana songs you've heard.
  13. wouldnt really call them grunge, but the jesus lizard had a split ep with nirvana. david wm sims (jesus lizard's bassist) is a great bassist.
  14. Low-end_Wes


    Jun 15, 2008
    Trafalgar, Indiana
    Composer, Musician, music lover: Low end Wes
    sorry guys... I have to go there.


    How can you people forget about STP??? A little late, yes, but awesome and the same crowd! 1up
  15. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Ooh. +1. DeLeo is good.
  16. Ament's a beast. My personal favorite 90's grunge bassist. One of the guys from that scene who I always felt like he could play other forms of music.
  17. Low-end_Wes


    Jun 15, 2008
    Trafalgar, Indiana
    Composer, Musician, music lover: Low end Wes
    thank you much capn!
  18. +100000000000000000000000000000000000

    Robert DeLeo has some awesome bass lines.
  19. Surely you do not lump in rock like, say, Rush with grunge. :eyebrow:
  20. Bass Note

    Bass Note

    May 26, 2007

    That guy can grooooove.