This one's for all the 80's haters, of which I still mostly consider myself one... I've never been a fan of the '80s, at least as far as rock goes. For me, it's the decade where a lot of music got really plastic and silly. Hair bands and new wave were all the rage when I was in high school, things were much more style over substance with few exceptions. I was mostly listening to what was considered classic rock at the time (65-75). I did like some of the more sophisticated stuff like Talking Heads and what King Crimson was doing at the time... punk never did it for me. Although my tastes ended up going more towards jazz, funk and prog rock, in the last few years, I'm starting to appreciate how much good musicianship was hiding under the sheen of plastic and hairspray, in some cases. I think the production techniques hid a lot of what was going on in some cases, and some of the great lines were kinda hidden under that digital sheen. I also think that, at that time, my musical knowledge as a bassist simply wasn't at a level where I could pick out and appreciate these lines. In terms of bass, there's the obvious stuff like Mark King/Level 42, and Pino's work with Paul Young, and Mick Karn with Japan. Even though I'm not really a fan of the sound, there's no denying the sick bass playing. There's quite a few other underappreciated bassists and basslines out there. Curt Smith from Tears for Fears has some incredibly tasty work in their stuff from this time period. And of course, John Taylor from Duran Duran could really kill it. Who are some other hidden nuggets out there? I'm not talking about the players that did the basics well - even in a lot of the stuff I don't like, the player could pound out consistent eighth notes, but that's just showing up for the job, so that's not what I'm talking about, and that's generally not what impresses me, nowadays. Who really stands out and is worth a second look?