Gene Simmons is Good

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by tapehead, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. As much as Gene is no technique monster on the bass he has some interesting/melodic bass lines and always has a great rock sound. I always thought it was cool the walking style lines he did in songs like "Rock and Roll all Night" or "King of the Night Time World". He could have easily been one of those players buried in the mix, unheard and just following the guitar. Imagine those above songs without Gene's bass lines, they wouldn't be the same. To me that is the mark of a good bass player, someone who makes their lines essential to the song. Gene's early playing was always rooted in the more McCartney, Motownish, Early Rock style of bass playing in my opinion.

    t think what rubs people the wrong way about Gene is his personality and the fact that he comes off as not really caring about the music but more about the image and business of Kiss. I made the mistake years ago of reading his biography and it really turned me off to him as a person and I've had trouble looking past that when I think of him. Ted Nugent falls into this same camp with me, his personality overwhelms anything musical that he does.
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I've read both Peter Criscuola's & Stanley Eisen's biographies, and they both told some of the same stories about the stupid things Ace would do when he was loaded.
    Ironically Ace's real name is Paul, while Stanley is Star Child's given name.

    I was fearful of reading Chaim Weitz's biography for the reason you state above.

    I thought Gene/Chaim was so cool, until he started portraying really weird characters on film.

  3. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    ^^ I think he's looking great as Cher! :woot:
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  4. I love Motley Crue, but I think I just threw up in my mouth a little...
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  5. 123Nil


    Aug 29, 2015
    Who goes to a concert, to watch the bass player do solo"s??????? I don't"""
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  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I do, if it's Squire or Sheehan.
  7. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    Billy Sheehan was my first, and biggest, influence and I saw him a few times in the 80's and early 90's but I never cared for his solo.

    I went to see/hear what he was playing behind a verse that any other bass player would have pounded 1/8th note roots behind. That's what got my attention. He is the busiest bass player in rock, but his lines were always cool and tasteful.

    And then he could push out a simple line like Ladies Night In Buffalo, and have it groove like nobody else.

    He has since matured into the greatest ambassador our instrument could ever hope for. He might be the best rock bassist in history, and yet he is still (IMHO) incredibly under-rated.
  8. Without a doubt Gene was very inspired by Sir Paul as well as Jack Bruce and Flex Pappalardi.
    Perfect example early 1972 Molly, wanna shout it out loud, what happens in the darkness these songs show a different player composing songs that had chord progression above the simple ones they later chose making a simple meat and potatoes song that would make them known around the world. But the early Gene stuff showed a bass player who was building lines that flowed you can hear it in the lines that play off the vocal melodies over chords seamlessly. Though the Wicked Lester stuff was never polished, it showed a talented bunch of young guys struggle to find their nitch in music history. Yeah as he aged he gave less of himself as bass player to some of us who lived for the early stuff and style of playing, But he was one of my main inspiration and that won't ever change.

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2016
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