Most Influential Bassist (In General)?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by mcblahflooper94, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Stanley Clarke

    1 vote(s)
  2. Paul McCartney

    33 vote(s)
  3. Carol Kaye

    4 vote(s)
  4. Duck Dunn

    5 vote(s)
  5. James Jamerson

    44 vote(s)
  6. Geddy Lee

    18 vote(s)
  7. Jaco Pastorius

    16 vote(s)
  8. Flea

    7 vote(s)
  9. Geezer Butler

    1 vote(s)
  10. Bootsy Collins

    0 vote(s)
  11. John Entwistle

    9 vote(s)
  12. Steve Harris

    5 vote(s)
  13. John Paul Jones

    6 vote(s)
  14. Phil Lynott

    1 vote(s)
  15. Jack Casady

    0 vote(s)
  16. Sting

    4 vote(s)
  17. Chris Squire

    5 vote(s)
  18. Cliff Burton

    9 vote(s)
  19. Krisk Novaselic

    0 vote(s)
  20. Gene Simmons

    5 vote(s)
  1. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    Before I start, I want to begin by saying "Why didn't you mention x? He/she's highly underrated." I did not mention him/her not because he/she is not a fantastic bass player; this poll is not based on who is the BEST player, it's based on who (in your opinion) made the most people want to play bass or play differently.
    A list of fantastic bassists who faced consideration, but didn't make the list (only 20 variables avaliable, and it's a popularity contest, not a skill contest):
    -Victor Wooten
    -Marcus Miller
    -Tony Levin
    -Peter Hook
    -Chris Wolstenholme
    -Billy Sheehan
    -Leland Sklar
    -Michael Todd
    -Tal Wilkenfeld
    -Paul Simonon
    -Larry Graham
  2. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Well, there were a lot on the list, but Jamerson was IT for me! Probably IT for a few others too!
  3. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Gene Simmons. Period!
  4. Gene may have made the MOST WANT to play.

    John Entwistle may have made the most want to play DIFFERENTLY.
  5. kilgoja


    May 26, 2005
    i've never even heard of james jamerson. what band does he play for? or is he a solo bassist or something?

    anyways i'd say flea.

    i like Krist novaselic too. great tone.
  6. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Gotta be Macca or Jamerson.
  7. 4StringAxe


    Jul 27, 2009
    That's some list, I can only vote once ? ;)
    I voted Geddy ... big influence on me. Hemispheres made me want to play bass.
  9. Plus he did it all with one finger.
  10. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    Yeah, I'd say Jamerson or Paul McCartney because the inspired everyone
  11. gard0300


    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    These aren't mine, but if you say "influential"..... Here would be my 2 cents.

    Fieldy - Korn
    Flea - RHCP
    Gene Simmons - Kiss
    Paul McCartney - Beatles
    Geddy Lee - Rush
    Steve Harris - Iron Maiden
    Cliff Burton - Metallica
    Glenn Hughes - Deep Purple
    Les Claypool - Primus
    Duff McKagan - Guns N Roses

    These are mainly people I've heard other players say caused them to pick up the bass. For me personally it was my uncle.
  12. kilgoja


    May 26, 2005
  13. And no one mentions Jaco. Whew - has it been THAT long since he passed?
  14. This is not supposed to be about the bassist who claims to have the biggest schlong....
  15. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Most people my age: Paul McCartney then subliminally because we didn't know his name yet :Jamerson
  16. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
  17. I would have gone with McCartney; however, McCartney had some profound influences, and none of them are on the list.
  18. Another vote for Jamerson here. If multiple choices were allowed I'd have put Dunn, McCartney & Kaye as equal seconds.

    Despite not being much of a Motown fan, that label's output pretty much defined popular music on both sides of the Atlantic for a generation or more. Throw in The Beatles & Stax and that just reinforces it IMO. All of it (well, nearly) is well-crafted songmanship where all the musicians play for the song alone.

    Many on the rest of the list are influential in their way, but tend towards the specific rather than the general.
  19. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Actually McCartney cited Jamerson as his biggest influence on many occasions. Along with Brian Wilson and Bill Black to a lesser degree, and others.
  20. Konza


    Jun 16, 2013
    I though I had a lot of influences, but they all turned out to be either Joe Osborn or Carol Kaye.
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