Gene Simmons is Good

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

  1. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player


  2. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I watch that video, mute it, and play Linus and Lucy over it.. happiness. :D
  3. lowbass68


    Feb 3, 2008
    I'll join you.
  4. twdavis13


    Dec 14, 2008
    Why? Because you can't stand to admit that that's a Genius Bassline??? That's fine.:spit:

    I'm tired of defending Gene to the point of pure exhaustion, I guess I could post these songs for good measure:D:

    Goin Blind

    Detroit Rock City


    100,000 Years

    Ladies Room

    King of the Night Time World

    Love Gun

    Let Me Know

    Rock and Roll All Nite

    Sure Know Something

    Let Me go, Rock N'Roll

    If this doesn't do anything I officially give up:mad:

    I guess if the Gene-hating asshats can't recognize talent besides unnecessary flash, then so be it.:rolleyes:
  5. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I dont understand why you would post a thread like this, and not be prepared to have people not like him.

    I dont like him. So what? That shouldnt affect your opinion on him. And if it does, then you must not be a true fan.

    People flamed Ben Kenney of Incubus for playing bass like a guitar. I put a thread up about it, got some negative comments, and it changed my outlook on him. Sure, he plays like a guitarist, but I like that. Did I tell the people who stated their opinion that they were wrong? Of course not, because they are allowed to state their opinion.

    1st Amendment my friend.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    My Dog Sam Eats Purple Flowers
    Gene Simmons is a circus freak actor who happens to also play a little bass.

    The music at a Kiss show is secondary to the show.
  7. Gene cares as much about us liking himas not liking him. I figured this would be over by now.
  8. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    As did I.

    Unless we are buying his signature posters, magazines, cups, cars, Barbie dolls, soap, candy, pillows, slippers, shower curtains, bowling balls, etc.

  9. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

    Its KISS ....either you get it, or you don't...and its ALWAYS been that way... Gene is what he is, and trying to bash people over the head with him is a waste of time and thread.. there are those of us that grew up listening to him and being inspired by him, and there are those who could give a rat's butt. The first songs I learned on bass were Strutter and Goin' Blind and I still love playin' those lines today. I've never had the urge to play any Beatles song on bass, and only learned a few because I had to for whatever band I was in at the time. Paul is a great bass player and musician, but I would rather listen to Gene fart than listen to a Beatles song. And I don't own any Vic Wooten Cd's either BTW.... lets move on.
  10. tapehead


    May 27, 2008
    Oh not at all...A very simple song can be great....In fact, most "technical" songs bore me (not a prog fan)....I can handle the weedly weedly bass or guitar stuff only in small doses..I like songs. I was only trying to point out that while Gene's lines are not difficult, they are not simple 8th notes pumping along, which is okay too when called for.
  11. tapehead


    May 27, 2008
  12. pigsonthewing


    Jul 7, 2009
    New Yawwk
    Well why do you get so much satisfaction out of talking down everyone's musical preferences? Jesus christ
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Very well said. I don't hate Gene but there's no musical comparison here. I will go so far as to say that I wish some more recent acts would go further towards the Kiss era when putting on a show (maybe not THAT far, but better than standing around looking bored or pissed while playing your music).
  14. tapehead


    May 27, 2008
    Hell yes, listen to that bassline in "Let Me Know"....How can anyone say that is just average playing I dont get..Its MOVES the song..Its about as good as "Eight Days A Week" which is where Gene got alot from...And yes, I know McCartney has better bass lines than Eight Days a Week, but I like it!

  15. Bruins29


    Jun 7, 2009
    Why do people piss and moan and feel bassists need so much defending especially in a thread where nobody is ever bashing the player? Its fine to have opinions as long as it the opinion of the OP?

    Who's musical preferences am I talking down? I have no probem with Kiss or Floyd and have said both players were solid. I do have a problem with all the crybabies here though. It is no wonder this forum is such a mess.

    Look how defensive people are in the forum about players. Where in this thread did anyone say Simmons sucks?

    If the comment I made about both of these guys regarding them not playing on their own albums bothers you than that is your problem. Its a fact, not an opinion.
  16. totallybacan


    Mar 30, 2009
    Ok that's the answer I was hoping for ;)

    I personally won't listen to songs that focus more on riffs than chordal progression. As you fairly stated, they are not droning root 8th notes. That in itself can't really be argued even though someone will try. As stated above, he is a good performer, which has no bearing on ability to play. I'll leave it at that.
  17. GOX42


    Sep 28, 2000
    rising sun indiana
    the thing I'm getting outa this is that some of you think Ace is or was the best musician in the band? WAT he was a drunkard that no one would want to be in a band with. I like Gene i thought he was inventive HE played what he wanted and by his own admission "doesn't give a **** about the kick drum"
    Gene is Gene right now he's counting his money and Banging his or someone else's ol'lady
  18. pigsonthewing


    Jul 7, 2009
    New Yawwk
    Well, I don't like Gene Simmons or Kiss at all, so I'm not personally offended, I just don't go around telling people how badly they suck.
  19. Rudreax


    Jun 14, 2008
    New York, NY
    Anyone who looks for musical dexterity in an act clearly meant to promote entertainment is just setting themselves up for failure.
  20. tapehead


    May 27, 2008
    I thought music was _supposed_ to be entertainment!

    I think you can have makeup on and still write good songs...

    Kiss did pretty much what every good band has done...Wrote fresh songs and then they ran out of ideas...Happens to every band bar none.
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