hey, I had a conversation with a friend of mine the other night in the pub (he plays bass too) about how people don't seem to give you any credit at all for playing bass unless the lines you play are poppin-and-slappin-flea-like, and that really sucks. It gets under my skin more and more. I even heard one guy say "Oh bass? isn't that the really easy one, that no one really listens to." Okay, fair enough bass isn't as complex as guitar...but he hasn't a clue. I tried to explain that bass links the drums to the guitars, didn't seem to make an impact, so i just said that "Guitars aren't heavy, if you don't have a bass in there, you don't get the power and the 'heavy' sound" - that seemed to make some kind of impression. The band i'm in doesn't play funky stuff, i'm not really into that, i did go through a phase where i was really really into the chili peppers - i learned the bass lines for as many of their songs as i could - i'm just not into playing that stuff any more, i've always been a heavy metal /punk type. Even when we write our own songs, i can instantly get come up with a good line, that locks in tight with the drums. Before this becomes a rant, i'll cut to the quick: i feel that an awful lot of people don't give bass players the credit they deserve. Alot of the time its the non-guitar players (both the 6 and 4 string kinds) who make me feel like this. Anybody else ever get that feeling, or is it just me?