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Good visual examples of lead vocalist/bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by hrgiger, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    I was wondering what youtube videos show bassists that are also lead vocalists where the basslines aren't dumbed down to let the bassist sing. A lot of bands in which the bassist is the lead vocalist play songs that have very rudimentary basslines. And I think that just going by the albums, you don't really get an idea what they are capable of because when they play the songs live, they don't always play the same basslines.

    Anyway, a lot of people have already seen this video, but it shows remarkable ability to play/sing:


    and another version years later:


    Edit: I just found this version where Gene plays some sort of Les Paul style bass:

  2. thirtypoint87


    Feb 9, 2004
    Manager/Repairman: Music-Go-Round
    The obvious here would be Les Claypool (Primus), Geddy Lee (Rush) and Sting (The Police, etc.). I think that Slayer has a lead singer/bassist, too.

    Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) doesn't sing into a mic, but *does* sing along live. Does that count?
  3. PBass101


    Jul 3, 2008
    How about this?

  4. b4nny


    Aug 24, 2008
    Bellevue, WA, USA
    Phil Lynott (RIP)


    Apr 7, 2009
    lemmy from motorhead

    i be tryin like hell

    gene simmons@ that dude from the eagles

    what about paul mcartney he's pretty good

    geddy lee is one of my all time fav.
  6. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Anything with John Wetton, Jack Bruce or Chris Squire
  7. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    JACK BRUCE! He's the only lead singer/bassists that I'm aware of who flat out sings and plays improvisationally at the same time. It's uncanny how he seems to have two brains- one fully devoted to emotional and expressive singing while the other brain is controlling his exploratory bass work.

    Sting is great, just a wonderful vocalist and inventive bassist. Peter Cetera of Chicago could be very good too, but the four times I saw them I thought his bass playing tended to be a bit more stiff while singing than while he wasn't. It was subtle though. I'm not a fan of Rush and/or Geddy, but what little I've paid attention to he has it together too. McCartney and his protegé Will Lee come to mind immediately.

    It's been a while since I listened to the live Poco album "DeLIVErin'", but Timothy B. Schmit always appealed to me as both a vocalist and bassist. Can't tell from his current band, The Egos, how he's doing with that however. And Larry Graham ain't no slouch at doing both.

  8. tomwilliams1983


    Apr 6, 2009
    When i try to play and sing at the same time (i cant sing i just enjoy it) i find i cant do it except on certain songs. what makes it odd is that one song might have a really simple bassline and i cant sing along while another might have a fairly complex one and i can do both tasks without even thinking about it. It's rather confusing :(
  9. jgroh


    Sep 14, 2007
    This one is a good example of HOLY CRAP:

  10. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    Very nice!:cool:
  11. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA

    And "White Room" from the same gig.
  12. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    Doug Pinnick.

  13. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    Wow he really is great! He does seem to have 'two channels' his singing and playing are so separate and distinct. I think Gene did a great job on the unplugged but this guy really has it down too! :bassist:
  14. tegnoto89


    Dec 24, 2008

    JB all the way. The man who got me started playing bass.
  15. Al Cisneros of Sleep, and now of OM...

  16. perfektspace6


    May 9, 2006
    That one has always amazed me. Good pick.
  17. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Banned

    Nov 8, 2007
    +1. Al rocks.
  18. mlafrancis


    Jun 26, 2008
    You may not know him, or the band, but Peter Steele from Type O Negative. He's ana wesome bassist with a uniqe voice and bass sound. And Lemmy is the best haha
  19. Jamarcla


    Nov 17, 2007
    Seth Horan :

  20. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    I would hope people know Steele. Carnivore was wicked...

    Here is one for everyone. Awesome bassist, awesome lead vocals, awesome song, awesome bass! Check out ZZ Top's Dusty Hill back in 1984:

    Party on the Patio


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