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.