Paul McCartney vs John Entwistle

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  1. Paul McCartney

    62 vote(s)
  2. John Entwistle

    67 vote(s)
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  1. which is the better bassist? which style is more commonly used?
  2. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
  3. Bent77

    Bent77 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I would say John because he's battle tested and Paul basically turned into a studio musician during the time he wrote his most complex basslines I'm also pretty sure his favorite instrument of the forty he can play is the piano. I will add that in 1965 his favorite band was The Who.
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  5. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Man, your poll is terribly presented. What should I choose if the answer is Paul to one question ("which style is more commonly used?") and John to the other (which is the better bassist?)?

    Altho' I (and probably many 'round here) consider Entwistle to be a more gifted and eclectical bassist I think his style is not as widespread as Macca's.

    For me it's CARROTS, makes exactly the same sense as this "poll".
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  6. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Both...the soundtrack to my life could not have been written without both of them!
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  7. Pumpkin


    May 19, 2016
    Washington, DC
    Pretty sure this thread is a violation of forum rules. Definitely sure that it is not a useful question.
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  8. Both are HIGHLY overrated in my opinion, especially here on TB.

    Slightly prefer McCartney's melodic lines over what ever Entwistle was doing.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Both are Rock bass icons.
    Somewhere there's thread talking about songs which were harder to play than you thought...or sumthin.
    I would put some of McCartney's stuff in there.

    I'm a huge Beatles fan...that said, The Who, in a live setting, are one of the best '60s Rock bands.
    So, SirMjac28, yes I get where you're coming from.

    ...and Entwistle had Moon to contend with.
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  10. Christine

    Christine Guest

    Aug 3, 2016
    I think as a bassist, Entwistle but as an all round musician, McCartney by a mile
  11. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Both are huge links in the bass chain and both were equally important, to me anyway. Playing like McCartney will get you more work as a bassist than Entwistle though.
  12. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Bout tree fiddy.
  13. Jay Corwin

    Jay Corwin Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    apples and oranges my friend
  14. Rickengeezer


    Feb 25, 2005
    Central Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Steve Clayton Accessories
    Entwistle was clearly better on french horn.
  15. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    In a fight i'd bet on Ox every time.. cept hes dead now
  16. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I think Entwistle was more of a banana. Jamerson can be the orange.
  17. slagheap


    Dec 23, 2011
    Silly, but okay, I'll bite:
    My hair used to stand up listening to Live at Leeds, but really there's no contest - Entwistle just wasn't in McCartney's league. Entwistle employed pentatonics very cleverly, with a unique high energy delivery, but taken as a body of work McCartney's playing was just masterful in every phase.
  18. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    In chops and licks and jaw dropping awesomeness I'd give it to Entwistle.
    In creating tasteful lines that *perfectly* fit the song... McCartney.

    Moral of the story is there's more than one way to be great.

    So carrots is the correct answer. Invalid poll.

    As for which style is more commonly used it depends on which genre you are talking about. In metal and prog the ox is more of an influence than MacCartny for sure.
  19. Snibborwocky


    Oct 16, 2015
    DFW, TX
    Congrats, you just broke the internet with a face palm bass players conundrum. :thumbsup:
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  20. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    John sniffed a lot more drugs so he would probably be all amped up and kick Paul's ass.

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