I went and bought my amp today, a Ampeg BA115HP. The guy at the music store had some chops and layed down some typical slappy stuff I hear every time I go into a music store. I am wondering if I am the only player in the freaking world that has NO desire to learn that technique or ever play same. When I think of great bass that i love to listen to, I think of Charles Larkey on Carole King's Tapestry, or Duck Dunn with Booker T, and there are so many others. None of them ever slap popped that I know of. yet every bassist I have known in my life plays that way when they are around other bassists. Why? A lot of bass lines just dont sound like much of anything by themselves but they do what needed to hold the song together. Lo and behold when a band is added the damn groove sounds choice. Is it just me that thinks all this slappy pop stuff has gotten out of hand or am I out to lunch? Seriously, I just dont see why that sound is so damn great.