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Sometimes Simple Is Successful

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by rhythumb, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. rhythumb


    Dec 2, 2011
    Here's a fun twist on all those threads asking who the "best" bass players are. In your opinion, which bassists have achieved the most success while laying down the simplest bass lines? Your explanations are welcome.

    Successful, for the purpose of this thread, is defined by Google as... "1) Accomplishing an aim or purpose. 2) Having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction."

    Keep on rockin TB!
  2. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I think that Donald "Duck" Dunn and Tony Levin are the prime examples of minimalistic + effective approach to the bass guitar.
  3. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Agreed, and I'd add Adam Clayton, Billy Talbot, and the bass player for the Eagles, amongst many others.

    There are all sorts of ways to approach the instrument but for me the song always comes first and my personal expression is ultimately subservient to that. I admire bassists who seem, at least, to follow that same m.o. The style of music, of course, also has a lot do with what's demanded of the bassist.
  4. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I agree with Alvaro
    Cliff Williams comes to mind too.
  5. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton.
    No nonsense, solid, straight forward rock bassist with not a lot of frills to his playing.
  6. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    Kim Deal
  7. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Chuck Rainey - not all that simple, but a good rhythm-oriented philosophy
  8. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    Todd Harrell, 3 Doors Down
  9. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    It took me 10 years to figure this out. :D

    Add Pino Pallidino, Joe Osborne, Will Lee, Lee Sklar, Bruce Thomas, to this list.
  10. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    The thing about Pino and Tony Levin, for example, is they have monster chops to back up the simpler lines they lay down. In Pino's case I think of the the song Give Blood on Pete Townsend's White City album, and Tony's work in King Crimson.
  11. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
  12. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nikki Sixx.
  13. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Dusty Hill
    Michael Anthony
    Benjamin Orr
    Tina Weymouth

    Just to name a few.
  14. Colin Greenwood from RADIOHEAD
    Martyn Casey from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds\Grinderman
    Roger Waters
  15. ronaldpdbrandt

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Suffolk County, NY
    Andy Rourke of the Smiths
    Simon Gallup of the Cure
    Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde

    and +1 to Kim Deal of the Pixies!

    (I seem to be in an 80s/90s mood today)
  16. Stu Cook of CCR
    Willie Dixon
    David Brown of Santana
    Tommy Shannon
    [DEL]Dusty Hill[/DEL] oops, already mentioned!
  17. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    I've found that on certain occasions I can be completely awed & mesmerized by the relentless simplicity of Timothy B. Schmidt's basslines. You not only don't hear him holding back or conciously restraining himself from playing superfluous parts; he comes up with lines that sound so perfectly complete that there's zero impetus to make them any more complex than they are, despite the fact that they're almost rudimentarily simple.
  18. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    "Let's play it simple for now", "We can complicate it later is we need to".
    Paul MacCartney.

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