Ska bassists...underrated?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by NewWaveBasser, Jul 28, 2001.

  1. Hmmm...let's see...I've listened to "Two Tone Army" (The Toasters)...listened to a French ska group called Skarface (great show I saw in Southern Spain) ...listened to Puerto Rican ska band Los Pies Negros on "No Hay Vuelta Atras"...listened to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones...even Madness's venture into the so called "heavy heavy monster sound" on "One Step Beyond"... and you know what?

    Is it me or are ska basslines awesome? There is speed, progressions, and scaling and all that. It does NOT sound easy. In ska the bass and the horns have the more developed parts. That means ska bassists have to be good...pretty good. Right?

    Unlike the repetitive flow of eights or sixteenths of the same note (the nunununununununu (up a step) nunununu...) in rock and punk, the typical ska basslines are very interesting moving up and down notes quickly and with kickass rhythms.

    I dunno but I think ska players are going unnoticed around here... I'd like to see some thoughts on ska bass players...and rock steady...and two tone sound...and heavy heavy monster...and related stuff...

    I'd really like to know your feelings about those bassists...
  2. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    I do agree with you. Take the bassist for less than jake for instance. He plays cool basslines all over the place and also doest some slapping. Ska's quick pace is neat and makes me wish I could play like that.
  3. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass Guest

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    Listen to Turn the Radio Off by RBF, and anything by the Dance Hall Crashers, both have some pretty fun bass lines, and some aren't too hard... RBF uses lots of pentatonics and DHC is major scales all the way.
  4. 72beetle


    Jun 10, 2001
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Indeed, you have to have some nimble stretchy fingers to pull off good ska - it's a very bass-active style of music.

    For more good examples of rippin' ska bass lines, check out bands like Mustard Plug, Skankin' Pickle, Case, Dave's Big Deluxe, and Kongo Shock. Those bass players definitely don't have time to sip a beer while they're onstage!

  5. Snafu

    Snafu Guest

    Jul 20, 2001
    Ska bass lines are my favorite out of any music.all the scales and jumpy rythums.Roger from Less Than Jake is my favorite ska bassist,and one of my all time favs.i just saw him play 2wo days ago and they were great.
  6. Check out the band "Hepcat". Their bass player keeps it low and groving with a fretless stingray. Really traditional sound. Also "The Slackers" in a similar vein. But of course ska can be real funky too....How about "Fishbone"?
  7. liran

    liran Guest

    Dec 18, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
  8. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    I'll have to check out some of those bands. I quess I'm relatively an old timer. Anyone likeThe Specials?
  9. I've heard "A Message to You Rudy" and a recent one with the same Rudy theme but it goes: it's you...that I'm talking to...yea it's you...that I'm talking tooo...
  10. 72beetle


    Jun 10, 2001
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Yah, I loves me some Specials. Selecter is great too. There's a lot of difference between old school Ska and the new breed(s), but it's all good to me! I even have a Rudy tattoo on my leg:

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  11. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    That tatto is way to cool.