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Is John Deacon the most forgotten about bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Broadstbully22, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    Discuss amongst yourselfs. I personally have always been amazed by him and Queen. But it just seems to me like he is forgotten about when the discussions come up.
  2. John was not a flashy 90 notes per second sort of guy. However, his style was perfect for what he did, much like John McVie of Fleetwood Mac or Greg Lake.
    Although his signature piece will probably always be "Another One Bites The Dust" , his playing on "We Are The Champions" and the CD "Innuendo" are brilliant for their phrasing.
    Forgotten? Not to us who appreciate solid bass playing.
  3. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
  4. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    John is a great Bass player....he's not forgotten....he's just retired now....
  5. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    The most? Umm . . . I think I've got him beat, personally.

    Good bassist, good fit for Queen, played several hummable bass lines. "Dragon Attack" isn't a technical tour de force, but it's a classic nonetheless.
  6. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    No. Mario Cippolina is.
  7. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    John Deacon was(is?) a monster player. His phrasing and groove are incredible. Of course he had his funky lines like in Another One Bites the Dust, but on the more complex songs like Bohemian Rhapsody he approached his parts in an almost orchestral fashion. Then in a song like You're My Best Friend, he lays down a bunch of groovy Jamerson-esque runs. Dude is seriously one of the all-time most underrated bassists.
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  8. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    John had a great ear for melody. His bass playing really starts to shine after Queen's first two albums, where he really starts developing his own super melodic bass lines (although the bass fill in the intro to "Someday One Day" [Queen II, side white] is very tasty). The basslines on his song "Misfire" (Sheer Heart Attack) are great, and he does some very nice stuff on "Killer Queen" as well, but his best playing really begins on "A Night At the Opera," not coincidentally, with his songwriting. The best songwriters naturally write the best basslines (I think of McCartney and Deacon as tremendous examples). It is easy to overlook Deacon as he was the "quiet" member, but then it would be easy to overlook a nuclear detonation next to Freddie Mercury, lol, but his bass playing and songwriting - "Misfire," "You're My Best Friend," "And You and I," "Who Needs You?," "In Only Seven Days," etc. - is stellar.
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  9. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
  10. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Deacon is one of the great rock bassplayers. He is not forgotten among his peers.
  11. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    A solid, straightforward player with consistently sublime lines. Lowish profile, even during the Queen days? (largely before my time) . Forgotten about? Nope.


    The guy's a legend. Much admiration and respect.
  12. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
  13. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    I like him personally. Seaside Rendezvous is a fun song to play.
  14. Not forgotten by me. I cut my teeth (and bass chops) on the first six Queen albums.

    Just learned the spot-on faithful bass line for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" for a new band. Love playing John's lines. He is not just a bassist, he is a multi-talented composer.
  15. preside


    Aug 7, 2010
    Scottsdale Az
    Yea kind of like the guy who played with Elton John circa Yellow Brick road.. What was his name?
  16. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I'm no scholar of Queen, but whenever I hear them I hear bass that is tasty and great for the song - line, time and tone always right where they should be. He's actually someone I should learn more about.
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  17. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Dee Murray - same dealie!
  18. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Love him to death but Freddie was Queen period and everyone was in his shadow.
  19. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    And fortunately, Dee Murray played for an equally subdued bandleader! Two of my favorite bassists right there.
  20. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    I never knew his name, but I know his playing. His basslines are amongst the best out there.
    Funny he never gets a lot of recognition...