rule-breakers, otherwise known as pioneers

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    bass players that didn't follow the rules & made their own sound:

    Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister:

    William "Billy" Sheehan:

    Peter Hook:

    Jack Bruce:

  2. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    A visionary seldom follows someone else.
  3. SubHuman


    Dec 29, 2005
    Good Old USA
    Actually Paul McCartney and George Martin were pioneers in bringing the bass out front and louder in the mix of “modern” music. Real rule breakers!
    McCartney played guitar before he reluctantly became the bass player so he improvised runs and made the bass guitar an equal partner to the guitars. He wanted to be upfront in the band so he played as an equal to the others. Many bands place the bass player as a backup support to the song...not an equal.
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Larry Graham
    Stanley Clarke
    Victor Wooten
  5. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Michael Manring
  6. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Les Claypool, Phil Lesh
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  7. 2BitHack


    Nov 11, 2014
    CJAZ, Stumbo, GravyGoodness and 18 others like this.
  8. Discount Bassy

    Discount Bassy Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2020
    Right Here.
    Scott Lafaro
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  9. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Percy Jones and Mick Karn were pioneers in my book...

  10. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    +1 for Michael Manring. My first real gig was with a guy who was a huge Michael Hedges fan, which sealed the fretless deal for me back in the mid 80's, far more than Jaco ever did. This is us doing a Live Aid thing in 1985...
  11. Mr. Bungle didn't quite break rules as utilize rules in an unbelievably controlled/complex fashion so as to break the rules that way, also I'm tired and it's 3:10am and I have work in 5 hours what am I doing on the internet aaagh

  12. Ummmmmmmmmmmmm....

    Chris Squier?
  13. bmusic


    Oct 22, 2017
    Los Angeles
    Ya know, I haven’t thought about Michael Manring for 30 years, but his work on “Visiting” by Will Ackerman was probably the first time I was ever struck by how beautifully expressive a bass could be. It sowed the seeds of a fretless purchase a few years later.
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  14. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Johnny "Thunderfingers" ENTWISTLE?
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  15. In terms of sound and style, JJ Burnel is unique. :)

  16. Ögon


    Jan 15, 2020
    Mike Kerr from Royal Blood:

    I believe he uses guitar amps + bass amps + these only on the guitar amp: octaver (up) + loads of amp gain

    Mike Kerr's Equipboard
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  17. Jeff Matz of High On Fire fame reportedly does that same thing, he references Lemmy as an influence in his self-describedly "lead-bass" style/sound :O

    (I love the horrible sound quality of almost every live video on youtube when it comes to metal)
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  18. howlin


    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm Not There
    Ha-ha-ha! Ain't it the truth. :thumbsup:
  19. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Most certainly.
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  20. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Name every bass player.. ready?Go!

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