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Rock bands where the bassist is the lead player the majority of the time??

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Noseferatu, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Noseferatu


    Feb 12, 2010
    Hermitage, PA
    What are some rock bands where the bassist plays the lead instrument most of the time???

    I immediately thought of:

    Iron Maiden - Steve Harris
    The Who - Entwistle(RIP)
    Cream, semi sorta - Jack Bruce
    KISS - Gene Simmons
    Cliff Burton????
    The Beatles- Macca
    RHCP - Flea

    Any more??
  2. I would say that other than RHCP, Motorhead tops all the others with ease. And you can always hear Lemmy.

    Always thought Cliff was a very good bass player, then I read the new auto-biography and went back and really listened to his buried-in-the-mix bass. I then realized I wished I had paid more attention to his playing because I am old enough to have bought Kill 'Em All as soon as it came out. And I did.
  3. Noseferatu


    Feb 12, 2010
    Hermitage, PA
    Oh, how did I forget about Lemmy??

    Still though, I think Entwistle trumps all others.
  4. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    I can't really see Entwistle or McCartney as the majority "lead" bass player. Entwistle may have been lead at times, but his playing mirrored Moon's drumming. So for me technically he wasn't leading. McCartney had walking basslines that were much more rhythm than lead.
  5. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
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    Perhaps Phil Lynott (RIP) of Thin Lizzy?

    Chris Squire of YES?

  6. mastodon - troy sanders
  7. Edword


    Jun 23, 2005
    Brian Ritchie - Violent Femmes
    Mark Sandman - Morphine
  8. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    He was certainly the frontman, but the guitars lead musically, most often.
  9. Les Claypool - Primus
  10. Noseferatu


    Feb 12, 2010
    Hermitage, PA
    YES!!! Damn, how did I forget him?

    I'm forgetting all the best ones.
  11. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
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    Mark King of Level 42?

  12. JukeBoxHero


    May 21, 2009
    Brian Ritchie(Violent Femmes)
  13. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Matt Freeman- Rancid You can always hear him.
  14. Noseferatu


    Feb 12, 2010
    Hermitage, PA
    I was just about to say Matt Freeman and also Jack Bruce.
  15. Jesse F. Keeler - DFA 1979

    how has this thread gone with out mentioning him?
  16. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

    Dec 15, 2008
    Jesse F. Keeler from Death From Above 1979.

    DUB Dance punk.

  17. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Minutemen - Mike Watt
  18. recreate.me


    Apr 2, 2010
    Im not sure if this is the same, but Geddy Lee in Rush has lots of 'lead' type bass lines, at least when i listen to Rush haha
  19. Ryan Martini - Mudvayne
  20. mas502arc


    May 14, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I was going to say Rush as well :)

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