Sucky pop-punk bassists...getting better (Pete Wentz & Mike Dirnt content)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by rapturebass, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. rapturebass


    Dec 6, 2008
    I think these bassists are learning from Rise Against's Joe Principe. (Hey, even though were punk bassists, we can actually do something.) Check out Fall Out Boy's I Don't Care and Green Day's Know Your Enemy. There nothing special, but there better than what they normally do. (With the exception of pre-Dookie Green Day and FOB's Dance, Dance)

    For those w/ weak ears (like me):

  2. Mike Dirnt learning from Joe Principe? :p
    Now, that's funny.
  3. i hate username

    i hate username

    Jan 9, 2006
    id say dirnts gotten much less interesting recently
  4. Agreed. His lines on the last two albums certainly aren't as busy or melodic as they used to be, but he made a decision to lock it down more and play less notes. American Idiot was so good, it didn't bother me. The new album, not so much.
  5. Hamrhed


    Dec 26, 2007
    Imo, I think its more that Dirnt has adopted a less is more approach and is playing more for the song than himself recently...

    Mike was always a busy player, but since GD has become more varied in what they do- so has Dirnt. I like Mike- I think he is a fine player who serves his songs (now more than in the past)...
  6. Mike may have gotten a bit more tasteful and subtle or what have you, but his over the top punk excess was what I liked about their older work. Then again, the last album of theirs I paid money for was Kerplunk. I got three songs into NImrod once, and I stopped with the green day thing. Still I hear them bleeding through the radio now and then. Not as Green Dayish, but better musically I would say.
  7. JukeBoxHero


    May 21, 2009
    While both of these groups are not pop punk, Pete is probably getting better. But really Mike Dirnt? I say he was perfectly fine before the new album(and I'm not even much of a Green Day fan).

  8. Precisely. Describing any of Mike Dirnt's playing as "sucky" is just flat-out inaccurate.
  9. what exactly is pop punk? Either way they damn sure ain't real punk.
  10. JukeBoxHero


    May 21, 2009

    Here you go, pop punk is not Blink 182, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, ect.
  11. Surly


    Feb 2, 2007
    South Florida
    Just "popular" punk. The stuff that's on the radio, "cleaned up" punk sounding bands who play big arenas and are on TRL. Good tunes, but not punkrock.
  12. So what's "real punk"?
  13. Great point.
    I think "punk" is more an attitude or a way of doing things than it is a sound or style of music. Johnny Cash was as punk as they come, while the supposedly punk Sex Pistols were the N*Sync of their day.
    Hey, speaking of "pop-punk" and Torrance, I was just out your way.. went to hang with a friend in Redondo Beach and see ALL and Big Drill Car in Anaheim, which was an absolutely amazing show. Nice weather you got there!
  14. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Dirnt sucks... I believe this thread fails :p

    But foreal! Has no one played/heard basket case's bass line? That was my first song, because of the fact it was fun, cool, and stood out the song. I think Mike is fading into GD rather than getting better. He plays the part of a rythm gui****.... oh wait my bad, thats Billy's job from american idiot on :bag:
  15. throwoff


    Nov 12, 2009
    This is truth.
  16. anechoic


    Oct 31, 2005
    Shirley, MA
    Say what you will about Dirnt, but the bass line in "Longview" pretty much carries that song.
  17. throwoff


    Nov 12, 2009
    Pop Punk does wierd things for me, I would honestly rate myself as an above average bass player but I still find myself almost exclusively playing in Pop Punk bands and jamming on the root despite the fact I could do more.

    I dont know why I just love keeping it simple!
  18. KaizerWilhelm


    Mar 11, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Real punk is the Clash, the Ramones, Fugazi stuff like that. The Sex Pistols played punk music, but the fact that they hired Sid Vicious just because he "looked punk" just shows they they are not punk at all. Just my $0.02
  19. throwoff


    Nov 12, 2009
    I think there is truth in that but honestly I feel that its more to do with the attitude. Providing your doing what you want to do in your heart, thats punk.
  20. KaizerWilhelm


    Mar 11, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    +1 Punk dudes just do what they want and don't give a f***. That is real punk.