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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by lordradish, May 3, 2021.
+1 on the Police.
I worked with a very commercial band in 81-82. After that, I never listened to much of anything other than some musical project I was working with until 2011. And at that, I’m not thrilled with what’s put there.
Having recently moved from Virginia to the greater St. Louis area, my wife stumbled across a station that plays rock music from all over the world. It’s pretty cool what’s out there.
if you're into prog, Mike Rutherford was still a badass in the 80s
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I think his bass playing has always been criminally underrated. His guitar playing.... meh.
Yeah, not my thing.
They 80’s had more than their share of moments worth remembering!
Speaking of Pino/Paul Young, this bass line kills it! Fretless mastery.
More Pino coolness
London Calling is considered an 80's album although it was released in December 1979.
INXS was a killer rock and roll band in the 80's.
IMO, the Stones were at their best live during the Steel Wheels tour.
Elvis Costello put out some great albums in the 80's. Blood & Chocolate in 1986.
Crowded House produced some beautiful records.
Another vote for XTC and Colin Moulding.
Springsteen and Tom Petty put out some good albums.
There were MTV flashes in the pan for sure. Those kind of stick out and make the decade 'bad'.
All good with me. I’ll play in Lawrence Welk tribute if there’s an engaged crowd and decent venues.
Sure, I agree that the 80’s (and any decade for that matter) has its share of sub-par music...though after all it was actually human beings perfectly imperfectly playing instruments. Compare that with today’s perfectly digital auto-tuned vocals, perfectly quantized tempos to the millisecond, digital loops, endless cut and paste post-production arrangements and rearrangements. Which one has more musicianship? There is no wrong answer. Just depends where your roots lie.
A lot of music in the 80’s, especially what got programmed on most radio, did indeed suck. A lot.
But there was also so much good music too. TL DR the whole 11 pages; but on the first page no one had mentioned TwoTone! And then The Clash. Plus a lot of other stuff. I first saw King Sunny Ade live in the 80’s. I am sure there are a million examples in the depths here.
But the radio was not that happening. At least where I live.
What about Ozzy's 1st and 2nd solo albums? Dio's 1st and 2nd solo albums? All of the 80's Queensryche, Iron Maiden and Metallica? Rush had a few really good albums too? The 80's hate really gets to me sometimes. I think every decade has horrible music. Especially the top 40. I think you have to dig in and check out the less commercially successful bands to find the most interesting stuff.
I loved that album and that was before I knew anything about Marcus Miller or Will Lee.
When you see a little 8 year old girl on YouTube, doesnt matter from what country, and they are showing off their mind blowing guitar playing virtuosity, what are they usually playing? 80's metal. I dont think their parents (or grandparents perhaps) had anything to do with it either. Those little kids know whats up.
Last year, JT did some "kinda low tech" videos on his bass parts on some Duran Duran songs. Very informative & greatly appreciated! IIRC, there's a thread with the links.
IIRC, he gives drummer Roger Taylor some kind words about upping the groove on some of them. I like that early era of DD...never really gave much thought to the drum parts, though.
To say any decade's music "sucks" is just small minded and lacks ambition on one's part.
To say "it sucked, I hated it" and the go on to list 10 or so great bands, bass players, basslines, is just confusing.
I agree with many of the ones already mentioned:
Sting - The Police
John Taylor - Duran Duran
Tony Levin - Peter Gabriel
Mark King - Level 42
Pino - Paul Young
One that I haven't yet seen mentioned is Deon Estus (had to look the guy's name up) with Wham! and the first couple George Michael solo albums. Listen the the basslines of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Faith" and "Freedom! 90" for good examples.
I don't listen to music just for the bass. There is a lot of music I like from the 80's but its not the bass player that makes me like it so I'm in no way saying any of these are great bass albums, but as far as artists that made good music in the 80's that didn't suck...
Pixies, Violent Femmes, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Metallica, Operation Ivy, Husker Du, the Smiths, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Queen, etc. there was lots of music being made not just the glam rock and new wave.
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